When purchasing a suit off the rack or designing your own bespoke suit you will be confronted with a plethora of daunting decisions. While the fit of the suit is decided by your body type, you will need to consider other elements such as climate, occasion, budget and most importantly what fabric to use. The composition of your suit’s fabric is perhaps the most crucial decision you’ll make before purchasing a suit. Since the fabric is the most influencing element on the price of your suit, don’t you think you should know what you’re paying for?
Our Merino wool is imported from England. Merino has been acclaimed by tailors world-wide to be one of the leading fabrics to use when making a suit. Merino wool is extremely soft and durable and is one of the softest types of wool available.
Suits made from Merino wool regulate body temperature much better than opposing fabrics. The wool provides warmth without overheating the wearer, and also wicks moisture away from the skin allowing the wearer to avoid the feeling of humidity. Due to its natural origin, Merino is also the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin.
Merino wool has the ability to stretch without the concern of losing its shape, making it the ideal suit to wear when participating in functions and travel. Merino will wrinkle a little but has the ability to regain its shape by itself once hung overnight. Due to Merino’s ability to repel moisture, a suit made from Merino also has reduced tendency of building up unpleasant odor.
In conclusion, suits composed from merino wool will feel nicer and drape better. Merino wool suits are a perfect choice for suits that you can wear all year long. A tailored made suit made from merino should be considered an investment.
100% Wool (Super 150s)
A suit composed from 100% wool is perhaps the safest fabric choice for someone who’s unsure which fabric to select for their suit. Unlike its synthetic opposition, a woolen suit will keep the wearer cooler in the heat and warmer in the cold because of its natural characteristics.
There are various types of wool available for the everyday consumer, but the type Made With Class predominately works with is ‘Super 150s’. The numeric value following the word super indicates the grading of the wool. Bacially you can think of the term ‘super’ like ‘threadcount’. The higher the number the finer, lighter and more comfortable the fabric. Made With Class have chosen to use Super 150s Wool as their preferred 100%wool because they believe that it’s the most luxury type of wool to use when making a suit before it becomes too delicate or fragile. Thus being said, Super 150s wool make great suits for special occasions, however you may want to consider super 120s if you’re going to wear your suit every day to work. If this is the case please ask us about our super 120s options.
Wool blends are an appropriate option if you’re on a budget. Weather you purchase with us or not, we recommend that if you’re going to purchase a wool blend suit make sure the suit is made from at least 70% wool. At made with Class we use a 80% Wool 20% Polyester blend, as we feel like it’s the best balance for the customer without sacrificing too much comfort and breathability.
Cotton is the next most popular choice for suits next to wool especially for those who live in areas with warmer climate. Cotton is also a natural fabric and is also renowned for its breathability, making it a suitable choice for a summer suit. Cotton is a very flexible fabric as it also has different densities like wool. Cotton takes to dye easily, which means we can get creative with fabric colours, making fun suits for High School formals and Race Day antics.
The only problem with having a suit in cotton is has a tendency to wrinkle more compared to wool and other fabrics. This is why Made With Class has blended their cotton with polyester to reduce wrinkles, as well as spandex to give it an hint of stretch-ability and comfort.
Linen is a great fabric to use for outdoor events as it’s natural and extremely light weight. Unfortunately linen has become less common because it’s harder to care for. Linen wrinkles easily and difficult to clean. Quite often people who wear a linen suit for more than a few hours look like they’ve used it as a sleeping bag for the past few days. We wouldn’t recommend a linen suit for our customers unless you’re having a beach wedding in extremely tropical climate.