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Thought I’d share some cool information from 7RegentLane.com about what makes a great suit. Visit their website for some interesting information on suiting that women don’t usually think about when suiting up. There are 3 parts so look out for the rest!
A flawless fit that inspires confidence and turns envious heads is generally driven by 3 elements:
The quality of the fabric
The quality of the fit
The quality of the tailoring
Suits are commonly made from polyester, cotton, or wool. Other materials used include linen and microfibers. Irrespective of the fabric used, a good suit should be ‘breathable.’’ It should help keep the body at an even temperature and should not trap heat. This means that during hot or cold weather it will keep you at a constant temperature.
Polyesters, in general, make for low quality fabrics. They are synthetic, and retain heat, making one very uncomfortable on extended wear. They tend to be heavier than naturally occurring material such as wool and get wrinkled easily. Some polyester fabrics also have a glossy shine, making them stand out in an unnatural way.
Cotton is natural fiber and is a better alternative to polyester, and is sometimes preferred over wool in tropical regions. In most situations though, cotton finishes a step behind woolen fabrics when it comes to suits. While cotton is ‘breathable’ and is comfortable to wear, it suffers from its propensity to crease easily. You may have observed this when wearing 100% cotton shirts, even from the best brands. On extended wear, cotton suits often present a rumpled look.
Woolen suits are the top of the class and are the fabric of choice for high end, expensive suits. Wool can be processed either as ‘worsted’ or a ‘woolen’ yarn. The difference between the two is in the degree of ‘tightness’ that the wool is spun into. Generally, worsted implies a tightly spun yarn that is a little heavier, while feeling smooth on wear. Woolen yarns on other hand, are spun loose, and while lighter, feels baggier around your body. Other variations in woolen suits, especially in cold weather regions, include flannel and tweed. Tweed, for example, is to this day used in sports jackets.
Worsted wool is the most popular fabric for fine suits as it is durable and wrinkle resistant over extended wear. The content of worsted suits are often defined by their Super numbers. A super 100 fabric indicates that the yarn has been twisted more than Super 80 fabric. In general, the higher the Super number, the lighter the weight of the suit. Super 100’s and above make for excellent, high quality suits. In general, the higher the Super numbers the higher the price with all else being the same. Nevertheless, there is a trade off: a higher Super number fabric, while wearing lighter and feeling better, tends to wrinkle quicker and less durable. Hence, suits with Super numbers above 140, may not be ideal for extended, every day, wear and should be reserved for special occasions.