An endlessly versatile fabric, wool paves the way in suit fabric popularity. Being suitable for both mid-day heat and colder evenings, it’s ideal if you’re searching for that one year-round perfect piece which can be used for everything from job interviews to parties. The refined look will give you that ultimate ‘classic’ suit appeal, whilst being both soft and wrinkle free to remain smart throughout the day. If you prefer slimmer fitting suits, wool may be one to avoid as it can be slightly bulky in appearance.
If you’re after a slightly more casual vibe with your suit, cotton is your best bet – especially if you’ll be wearing it during the Summer months. Not as warm as wool, cotton is another lightweight option for the season with maximum breathability. Cotton is also king for comfort, and is a popular choice if you like natural fabrics. One of the best things about cotton suit fabric is that it comes in different weights, so you can choose a weight that will suit the purpose. Choose a heavier weight cotton or a blend for work, which helps the fabric keep its silhouette.
Linen is your number one Summer option. As the lightest, most breathable fabric choice for suits it’s perfect for a classic sunny garden party or a Spring-time wedding. Just beware of its easily wrinkled nature – no fabric wrinkles quite as easily as linen, however it’s part of the package and is a little stylish when gently creased up. Linen suits are ideal for a more casual look, but can easily be dressed up when worn in darker colours.
Silk is one of the pricier options for suit buying, but for that red-carpet wow-factor you couldn’t get a better choice. The luxury, superior comfort of all-natural silk means that your suit will be a dream to wear and will ooze elegance. Silk is also breathable, helping retain heat in the warmth and expelling it in cooler weather, making it ideal for year-round wearing.
A velvet suit is king of the show in terms of the dazzle-factor, making it perfect for any glamorous events, parties, or awards ceremony if you’re lucky enough to attend one. Velvet is not only sumptuous to the touch, but is durable and breathable too, making it an all-round winner. Because velvet is often blended with nylon, it is not quite a breathable as silk but is somewhat thicker. This fabric is perfect as a dinner jacket when worn with jeans, or as a full velvet suit for a classy event – but probably best to leave this one away from the office.
A pure cashmere suit is incredibly luxurious and comfortable but can come with a slight shine to it. This may not be what you’re after for the workplace, but for parties or formal events it can make a great statement. A cashmere and wool blend may be an even better option, as the cashmere provides warmth and softness while the wool gives the elasticity and body that a suit requires.