Shirt fabrics is the main contributor to the quality of the dress shirt. A shirt rests directly on your skin for more than 8 hours every day, so it is important to choose the best possible quality.

1: Oxford

Oxford cloth, the coarsest shirting, is nonetheless quite soft and comfortable. A more casual fabric, its most natural form is the button-down collar. In colored and patterned Oxford shirts, only the threads running in one direction are dyed, while the others are left white. This gives the fabric its characteristic textured appearance. Pinpoint Oxford is woven likewise, but of finer yarn, and is thus smoother and more formal. Royal Oxford is finer still, and can stand proudly beside a fine wool suit and expensive tie.

2: Poplin

Poplin bears a smoother texture but similar weight, the result of a fine yarn running one way with a thicker one interweaving it.

It is soft and comfortable, and often used in more casual shirts. Colors find themselves easily at home here, and it takes sporty patterns especially well.

3: Herringbone

Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in shirt fabrics, under the family of twill shirting's. The pattern is called herringbone because it looks like the skeleton of a herring fish.

Herringbone-patterned fabric is usually wool, and is one of the most popular clothes used for suits and outerwear.

4: Broadcloth

Finer still is broadcloth, of fine yarn woven so tightly that it gleams. This is the most formal shirting for day-to-day wear. End-on-end broadcloth is that made by interweaving threads of alternating colors for a visual texture so subtle it appears solid from an arm's length away.

5: Cotton

All fine dress shirts should be made of cotton, and even then, not all cotton are of the same quality. Ignore labels and just run your finger over the shirt fabrics, the cotton should feel fine and soft to the touch. Colors are also more defined and brighter on high quality cotton as compared to synthetics. In fact, the best cotton, Sea Island Cotton, a brand name owned by cotton growers in the West Indies, feels similar to silk.



There are only a handful of fabrics designed for suiting, which makes the decision easier, but certain factors must considered when buying the perfect one. There is the breath ability of the fabric. In summer, the fight is on against the sweaty-back. Then old man winter blows on in and the casual stroll to work turns into a run, brought on by sheer determination to keep warm for the chilling cold.

Down are the some of the most famous suiting fabric around the globe.


Wool is the most popular fabric choice for men due to its versatility and refined aesthetic. Wool is a natural material, which means it breathes well, and can be worn both in the heat of the day or the cool of the night. It is soft and wrinkle free but is sometimes criticized by those wanting lighter, more slimming fabrics. Common wool types include tweed, flannel, cashmere, merino and worsted.


Cotton is the second most popular fabric for suits and is derived from plant fibers. Cotton suits move and breathe well but tend to crease easily, which can make the suit look sloppy. They are satisfactory when it comes to softness but lag behind in the luxury department when compared to wool fabrics.


Linen suits are super lightweight and maintain their coolness in soaring temperatures. However, linen wrinkles easily and stains even easier, meaning it requires regular dry cleaning to maintain a fresh, crisp look.


Cashmere, on its own or as a blend, is rather luxurious but can give an unwanted shine to a suit. Depending on whether you want something fancily European or not, cashmere may not be suitable for work. But for pleasure? Always.