Trends in men's clothing have changed over last few years. While fashion used to be an afterthought for our fathers, guys now are aware of their dressing sense. They are spending more money and more time on what's in their closet than some of their girlfriends. Image is everything and a properly dressed man instantly receives respect in the business world. Nothing screams respect more than a suit.


When it comes to finding the perfect suit, you need to look beyond the style of it and more into its fabric. Different fabrics will determine how well the suit will hold up, feel, and look. Knowing a little bit about the different types of fabrics can give you with a better understanding about which one to choose from. Here are some of the more common fabrics used for men's suits.




Linen - Sure lines is nice in its own way. It is a lightweight material and a little different from everyone else but that doesn't mean you should run out and buy a suit made from it. The problem with linen is that it wrinkles quickly, stains easily, and it looks out of date. A suit made from linen is not a good choice.

Polyester - Ok. Look the 70's are over and that means any style from that era should be thrown out and ignored just like disco was. That includes all your Polyester clothes, including your suits. The reason being that it's made from all sorts of chemicals and just not natural. You can get away with it if it's blended into wool only to not pay as much for a suit but that's about the only reason.


Microfiber - No. Absolutely no. Do not wear any suit made from microfiber unless it's for a Halloween costume.


Teflon - Stay as far away from Teflon as you would with microfiber. You're wearing a suit not a frying pan.




Tweed - Tweed is a very heavy wool fabric, popular in areas where it gets pretty cold. Yes, that was a joke. It can be kind of old fashioned as well. You'll notice a lot of fathers and grandfathers sport some pretty spiffy tweed suits. If you've noticed that you have put on the pounds recently and are showing it, steer clear of a suit made from tweed. It'll only make you look fatter.


Flannel - Flannel suits are made from corded wools and are pretty heavy too. A suit made from flannel is known to be durable, very hard-wearing, and especially nice in a charcoal gray with classic pinstripes but you'll also look like you'll be wearing your long flannel underwear to a formal event. Flannel makes a nice fabric for items such as pajamas but as for suits go, not so much.


Tropical - The type of wool crepe is a lightweight and light-colored fabric. Because it is a lighter fabric, tropical is more prone to wrinkle than any other fabric on this list. It really doesn't make a great material for a first starter suit.


Worsted - Now for the crme de crme. You cannot go wrong with buying a suit made from a Worsted fabric such as gabardines or mid-weight corded wools. It is durable, hard-wearing, and great for wearing throughout the year. Be sure to ask for a Worsted wool suit by name.


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