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The Best Men’s Clothing Fabrics and Textures

by VanityForbes
7 minutes read

One of the best ways to add variety to your wardrobe is by diversifying the fabrics and textures in your clothes. This means moving away from plain-woven materials and experimenting with seasonal textures to enhance and elevate your wardrobe staples. 

Fabrics like seersucker and linen are known to thrive in warm climates and offer unbeatable performance. Understanding materials, textures, and their benefits can help you curate a wardrobe that can navigate the four seasons while making you look good in the process.

Here are the best men’s clothing fabrics to wear:


SEERSUCKER

Seersucker is a crumpled or puckered surface fabric, commonly used for spring/summer clothing due to its lightweight quality. The texture is excellent for suiting, perfect for summer weddings or hot weather days at the offic. Try a casual seersucker shirt, trousers, shorts or a lightweight jacket.

Image Source: Zara

TOWELLING/TERRY CLOTH

As the name suggests, towelling is a towel-like fabric that emerges during the spring season. It is challenging to wear as you don’t want to be in a position where you are wearing it on a hot day.

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TWILL

Twill is a fabric woven to have a surface of diagonal parallel ridges. A twill overshirt is a great jacket to wear during spring or on chinos paired with a basic white tee.

Image Source: Arket

BOUCLE

Bouclé is a yarn made up of different-sized loops or curls. It is often used on long tops and outwear. Bouclé creates a bold contrast when styled with plain woven trousers.

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LINEN

Linen is a natural fibre made from the flax plant. It is the ultimate summer clothing fabric, valued for its exceptional coolness in warmer climates. Instead of a cotton shirt or pants, swap one out for a linen substitute.

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Image Source: Massimo Dutti

OPEN-KNIT

An open-knit allows you to visibly see the opening in the space of the knit pattern, creating a mesh-like texture. It can come as a jumper, but my favourite is when it is worked in a way that resembles a ribbed pattern.

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Image Source: Zara

RIBBED

A ribbed texture consists of deep horizontal or vertical lines that create a three-dimensional effect. This texture is great for knitwear and fitted T-shirts. Plenty of guys who go to the gym and crave muscle fit wear this texture.

Image Source: Massimo Dutti

SUEDE

While leather conjures up a rebellious attitude, suede brings an elevated sophistication. A suede jacket is a spring/summer essential. But suede can also extend from outerwear to your tops. Just make sure you don’t wear it on a hot day.

Image Source: Massimo Dutti

FLECKED

A mixture of small dots or marks to create a speckled effect. Flecked tops bring a causal flair to your outfit. Pair with a plain weave for texture contrast.

Image Source: Massimo Dutti

MESH

Mesh is a clothing fabric which has been loosely woven to have large spaced holes. Traditionally found in the sporting world. Mesh works best when layered over a solid texture to create a see-through effect.

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Image Source: Zara

CORDUROY

Corduroy is a textile that grows in popularity during the autumn-winter season. The thick fabric is characterised by distinctive parallel ridges and is a popular fabric for Borg jackets, suits, and casual trousers. 

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Image Source: Mango

What are some of your favourite men’s clothing fabrics to wear?

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