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Choosing A Wool Suit Made Easy

Sep 3, 2008
Knowing how to choose a suit material can be the difference between owning the perfect suit and owning a dreaded work uniform. The process of choosing the perfect suit has been made complicated by the ample amount of choices on the market today. This article will explain the differences between the varying materials and give you a better idea of what materials to buy.

Wool is the most common material used to make suits, but not all wool suits are created equal. These types of suits can come in tweed, herringbone, flannel, and worsted wool models. Materials differ in both quality and thickness so choose carefully.

The quality of these suits is based off of how fast the wool is spun at when it is woven. Designers have come up with a system of numbering the wools to tell consumers what the quality is. Numbers range from 90 to 200 with 90 being the lowest quality and 200 being the highest quality.

The thickest most durable type of wool used in suit creation is tweed. Tweed suits are made from a woolen yarn and usually come in checkered patterns. This type of material has a coarse feel to it and is perfect for the man looking for a long term winter suit.

The next type of suit we need to discuss is the herringbone suit. Herringbone suits come in zig zag patterns which makes them easy to spot on the suit racks. These suits are lighter than tweed suits which makes them great for year round use.

Flannel suits are another form of medium weight wool suit. These suits can be formed using either worsted wool or woolen yarn. This suit is thick and perfect for cold climates. Men looking for a more durable suit should buy one from woolen yarn rather than worsted wool.

Worsted wool is the lightest type of wool fabric on the market. Suits made from worsted wool are ideal for summer use. Many men choose to buy this type of suit as a year round suit as well. These men will add a trench coat to keep warm while outside. Buy this suit if you are looking for something comfortable to wear around the office.

Always remember to think about the places you will be wearing your suit before choosing a material. The main goal of a suit is to make a man look better, but that does not mean he should be uncomfortable.
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