Business Suit Fabric Patterns

April 1, 2017

There are many different types of patterns for suits, often going unnoticed, they just require a keen eye to look into the real detail behind the elegantly woven fabric. Here we take a close look at the different patterns of a suit.



A herringbone pattern, usually seen on tweed suits, is one of the most traditional of patterns for worsteds. Exquisite for business when seen in shades of charcoal and dark blue.


Check Herringbone:

Due to the herringbone pattern being so regularly used on suiting, tailors and mills began to try to differentiate their Herringbone by adding a simple, but still conservative stripe, or alternatively a windowpane check.



There’s a common assumption that when it comes to pinstripe suits, they always seem to be white-striped? You will definitely be able to find more adventurous colours, such as a pale blue, pink, green and even gold for the more flashy of us.



Now what the hell is the difference between a pinstripe and a ropestripe? When you look closely, a ropestripe pattern has tiny diagonal lines, to give the look of a rope that’s been spun. Whereas the pinstripe is made up of a line of small dots.



Ok, so we’re nearly done with the stripes. The chalkstripe is in a way a wider version of a pinstripe. Designed by a man that you can only assume had a bit of blurred vision, however gives flannel suits a more fluffy, or fuzzy look to add to the texture of the entire suit.


Windowpane Check:

A more casual alternative, and a little bit more ‘out-there’ than the pinstripe. Light windowpane checks are definitely coming back into style, and have been since the late 1990’s.


Pick and Pick:

This may be the one to pick *winks*. Perfect for a single colour canvas, a classical addition to your wardrobe and really not hard to find as this pattern will be spread throughout your tailors swatches.



Bit of an odd name, but you’ve got to admit, it is somewhat reminiscent of nails driven into a wooden board. Immaculately aligned lines of dots, running parallel to each other.



Closer than the nailhead, and aligned diagonally. Also found on many tailors swatches they can be found in all weights and colours.

Glen Plaid Check (Prince of Wales):

Glen plaid, sometimes nicknamed the Prince of Wales check due to it being popularized by the Duke of Windsor when he was the Prince of Wales. A woollen fabric with a woven twill design irregularly checked to create a crossing pattern.



Last but not least is the shadow stripe, an incredibly discreet pattern made using the same colour wool. A bit of a ninja when it comes to suit fabric as it is so subtle.


We hope this has educated you somewhat on the different fabrics in a suit. Check back soon for more suiting blog posts, and remember to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!





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