Man Of The Cloth

Men's Health (UK) - - Guide to Style -

A. Po­plin

Less a fabric so much as a type of weave (most poplins will be cot­ton), po­plin is dis­tinc­tive for the warp and weft fi­bres pass­ing over and un­der each other. As a re­sult, it is light­weight and breathes well. A po­plin broad­cloth is an­other op­tion: more tightly wo­ven, it’s harder wear­ing and typ­i­cally has a slight sheen. B. Twill

Fre­quently mis­taken for a fabric rather than a weave, twill is iden­ti­fi­able by a series of di­ag­o­nal ribs run­ning par­al­lel to each other. This struc­ture is what makes twill denser and less likely to crease. It is also more re­sis­tant to dirt, slightly wa­ter-re­sis­tant and more rugged than many shirt styles. An op­tion for the hard at work. C. Cot­ton

Jay Gatsby pre­ferred silk, while men in hot cli­mates favour linen’s ven­ti­la­tion. By far the most-used fabric in shirt-mak­ing is cot­ton. “Opt for su­per-fine cot­ton with a 170-200 thread count – that’s threads per square inch – and you will get a su­pe­rior hand feel,” says Thomas Pink’s mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Alex Field.

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