Double-breasted Jackets

A standard double-breasted man’s suit jacket comes with two rows of buttons – usually six or eight in total. When closed, the front of the jacket looks symmetrical; but in fact only one column of the buttons fastens, and depending on the style not all of the buttons may be capable of fastening. You will…

Fabrics for Men’s Suits

Men’s suits are made in a whole variety of different fabrics, and frequently from blends of fabrics; but wool is the most common choice. The two main types of woollen yarn produce woollens (where the fibres are not combed before spinning and so remain relatively soft and fluffy in texture) and worsteds (where they are…

Surgeon Cuffs

Surgeon cuffs refer to the highly functional buttonholes that are placed on the cuff of a jacket. The jacket of a man’s suit has a row of between two and six buttons along each cuff. On most suits these are not functional and indeed the cuff cannot be opened at all; the buttons are there…

Birdseye and Nailhead

The classic birdseye pattern for men’s suits is a weave of tiny dots – usually silver-grey – on a darker background. Nailhead is a variant that looks like little ovals rather than diamonds. Either way the woven patterns are small and subtle, and you can treat them almost as a solid unpatterned fabric. To coordinate…

Checks

Checks have become one of the most fashionable of all suit fabric patterns – particularly plaids, and most especially the glen plaid. These are patterns woven into the fabric with different colored yarns during manufacturer, meaning that it can be woven into a great many color and pattern style combinations. If worn discreetly, checks can…

Glen and Prince of Wales Checks

The Glen and Prince of Wales checks are both woven twill plaid patterns consisting of large and small checks. “Glen” actually refers to the Glen Urquhart valley in Scotland where the checked pattern of wool was first used back in the 19th century; a mixture of checks, the Glen plaid (or Glen Urquhart plaid) has…

Herringbone

Herringbone is a V-shaped weaving pattern that supposedly represents the bones of the fish. Herringbone fabric is almost always wool, and it is one of the most popular choices for men’s suits when people are looking for a pattern. The pattern is subtle, and herringbone is a tried-and-true pattern that in a man’s suit can…

Patterns in Men’s Suits

Most men’s suits sold today are in solid colors such as charcoal, black and navy. One or more of those should always be a staple of the modern man’s wardrobe and the go-to option if in doubt about the most appropriate style for a particular occasion. But that wardrobe should also include at least one…

Pinstripes

Among the patterns conventionally used for men’s suits, pinstripe is the most common. The pattern has thin vertical lines woven into the fabric running parallel to each other. Pinstriped suits are associated with formal or business wear, largely from their association with bankers, but pinstriped men’s suits have also become a staple of men’s fashion.…