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A guide to the materials in your wardrobe

Qualitative materials in both knitted and tailored garments, like the ingredients for a chef, are the key to success. What determines quality, longevity, and price can be difficult for many to determine.

Therefore, we have summarized some of the wardrobe’s most common materials and their strengths and possible weaknesses.

Wool

Wool is possibly the most common material in jackets and suits, for a good reason. The wool fiber possesses some of the absolute foremost properties as it drapes well and breathes excellently.

Depending on the fiber length, sheep and origin, it can be woven into everything from coarse tweed jackets such as smooth suit fabrics. What determines the properties and character of the wool is the length and thickness of the fibers and then woven together with the finishing touch.

Cotton

Unlike wool, an animal fiber, cotton comes from the plant kingdom. It is used in almost all parts of the wardrobe’s garments and can be woven and knitted.

Cotton dominates, especially in shirts and t-shirts, as it has an excellent ability to be washed but lacks the natural stretch that, for example, wool has, which makes it somewhat stiffer for jackets and suits.

Cashmere

The cashmere wool comes from the cashmere goat’s fur and, like ordinary wool, it is used in woven and knitted fabrics. Kashmir goats live in climates where the temperature can rise and fall radically over a day, and their undercoat helps control the animal’s body temperature.

One difference from producing ordinary wool is that cashmere goats are combed rather than shaved, which gives considerably smaller volumes, is gentler on the animals, and offers an unsurpassed feeling to the skin. The long and thinner fibers provide a more sensitive material against wear, and what can make a comparison between an SUV and an Italian sports car. The latter may not always be as practical, but the feeling is hard to beat.

Linen

Linen also comes from the plant kingdom. Like cotton, it lacks natural stretch and the properties of wool fiber to return to its natural stage, which is one reason why linen tends to wrinkle.

However, what the material has as an unsurpassed property in warm climates is its cooling ability as it can be woven sparsely. A linen suit may lack the formality of wool but might be the perfect casual option during high summer.

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