The fabric patterns used for men’s suits are created by interweaving differently coloured threads. Fabric choice is personal though its essential that the settings and climate in which you wear your suit are considered. A man needs a variety of suits available for occasions differing in formality.

Formal settings require plain fabrics in dark colours such as navy, grey and black. Bold, large or multi-coloured patterns are casual and suit less formal occasion though pinstripes are the only exception to this rule.

I’ve given an overview of the types of staple fabrics you should be considering with your next suit.


A solid pattern suit is the first suit any man should own based on its versatility. Best served in formal occasions and the business world, a solid pattern presents a serious and no frills approach.


Generally reserved for the business world, the pinstripe is a powerful look any man should have at his disposal. A single warp yarn is used to create a stripe given by a series of ‘pinheads’. This pattern should never be worn on formal occasions.


Commonly confused with the pinstripe, the chalkstripe is named in reference to the look of tailors chalk on the suit. It is created with a series of threads which create a stripe reminiscent of a ‘rope’. A chalkstripe is always wider than a pinstripe.


A fantastic option if you would like to add some flair to your business wardrobe. The houndstooth is a duotone pattern that is noticeable up close, but from a distance it almost appears solid, ensuring a formal essence.


Receiving its name by resembling the skeleton of a herring fish, the herringbone pattern is a V-shaped weaving pattern. The pattern is subtle and easy on the eye, providing an understated elegance.

Glendplaid (Prince of Wales)

Popularised by the Prince of Wales, the pattern is made up of two dark and two light stripes alternating with four dark and four light stripes to create a crossing pattern of irregular checks. If you are chasing a relaxed look even for the business world, this is a great option.


This pattern is fairly straightforward, the vertical and horizontal lines intersect to form boxes resembling windowpanes. If you wear this material make sure you are wearing a plain shirt.


This pattern mirrors the look of a city as you fly hundreds of feet above, hence the name. The main difference between the birdseye and the nailhead is that the birdseye  uses more rounded specs whereas the nailhead contains more squared specs.

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