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Shirting Fabrics and their Characteristics

Shirting Fabrics and their Characteristics


Selecting a fabric is where the process of crafting the perfect custom-made shirt starts. Read on to know more about our fabrics and their weaves that can help you in the decision-making process when thinking of a custom, Made-to-Measure shirt.



Poplin is a fabric weave and not a kind of fabric. A poplin cotton shirt is a cotton shirt made with a poplin weave. A typical poplin weave also known as tabinet is made of cotton or cotton and polyester. This weave is apt for the summer because it is very breathable owing to its construction—the weft and the warp

Styling Tip: Shirts made of poplin weave are good to be worn for summer brunches under a jacket.



Oxford is not a type of material or fabric but another way of weaving the fabric. So like poplin, an oxford cotton shirt is a cotton shirt with an oxford weave. The common construction for an oxford shirt is where two weft threads are crossed over an equal number of warp threads. It is a soft, breathable and durable fabric to be worn on a daily basis. The two by two weave gives this fabric a rough texture which makes the fabric thicker and warm. An oxford shirt is good for cooler days.

Styling Tip: It’s an easy-to-wear shirt and you won’t feel out of place wearing it at the pub or of



Twill is an easily recognisable owing to its diagonal weave or texture. Twill is made by weaving two weft threads over two warp threads with an offset between rows. Twill fabrics are soft, heavier and more durable than their counterparts. They also drape easier on the body, creating a great shirt fabric. Twill is softer and thicker; hence is resistant to creases.

Styling Tip: Twill shirts are good to be worn when a smart-casual dress code.



Jacquard fabrics are made using complex weaving techniques that creates patterns in the weave itself. A jacquard fabric is heavier and sturdy which makes it a crease-free look throughout the day. It gives a good formal look to the shirt. Jacquards can be made using one colour or more to create even more complex patterns.

Styling Tip: Good for either casual or business casual.


Linen fabric is light and cool to touch. Linen shirts are perfect for the summer. It is a wonderful canvas fabric. A white linen shirt is an excellent all-rounder when it comes to summer dressing. Owing to its laid-back appeal, a well-cut version can slide under a suit to tone down a more formal look, or sit over a T-shirt and shorts to take a casual combination up a notch.

Styling Tip: Pick linen for day-outs in the sun.



Satin A textile weave, satin is somewhat shiny and gives an exclusive feel to shirts. It can be picked to be worn under a suit for more dressy evenings. The weave is most classically used with silk thread, though it can also be sued with other materials. Styling Tip: Choose satin over other fabrics if getting a shirt made dressy occasions.