Dress Shirt Fabrics Overview

Here we provide the definitive overview of the different types of fabrics commonly used in dress shirts.  By understanding what the different weaves mean for a fabric you can be sure to find the ideal dress shirt fabric for your … Continue reading

Wrinkle Resistant vs Non Iron Dress Shirts

What’s the difference in wrinkle resistance between non-iron and wrinkle-resistant dress shirts? Non-Iron treated shirts are going to have superior wrinkle resisting performance compared to wrinkle-resistant shirts. Wrinkle-resistant fabrics definitely need to be ironed or pressed after they are washed for … Continue reading

Opacity Ratings

Opacity Shirts can be made from a wide variety of fabrics—from thick heavy flannels to the thinnest cotton and linen blends.  Typically, weight and color dictate the opacity of a fabric. The thicker a fabric is the more opaque it … Continue reading

Chambray vs Denim

Overview While chambray (below) and denim (above) are often confused for one another, they’re not exactly the same fabric. A chambray is a plain weave fabric woven with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the … Continue reading

Fabric Thickness and Weight

Overview When choosing a dress shirt fabric, you may want to consider how the thickness and construction of the fabric will play a roll in how warm it is, how easily it wrinkles, and whether it’s sheer or opaque. Proper … Continue reading

Dobby Shirt Fabrics

Dobby Dress Shirt Fabrics Dobby fabrics can come in a variety of styles and are often mistaken with “Jacquard” fabrics, though there are some subtle differences between the two. You can find very thin dobby fabrics that you might mistake … Continue reading

Flannel Shirt Fabrics

Flannel Shirt Fabrics A flannel shirt fabric is a particularly soft woven fabric that has undergone a special brushing treatment to get a fuzzy texture. Some flannels are brushed on only one side, while others are brushed on both sides. … Continue reading

Mini Grid Shirt Fabrics

Mini Grid Dress Shirt Fabrics The mini grid is a popular dress shirt pattern featuring thin vertical and horizontal stripes that create a gridded pattern throughout the shirt. From a distance the shirt most often looks like a solid color, … Continue reading

Tartan Shirt Fabrics

Tartan Shirt Fabrics While tartans originated as wool fabrics, they have become popular fabrics for sport shirts over the years–especially for fall and winter. Tartans are particular styles of plaids associated with Scottish clans. Some of the most popular styles … Continue reading

Tattersall

Tattersall Dress Shirt Fabrics Tattersall is a pattern featuring alternating grids that are interwoven into the cloth. They most often have one grid that is a darker color and one grid in a lighter color. Tattersall came into popularity in … Continue reading

University Stripe Fabrics

A University Stripe is a very popular style of dress shirt fabric featuring alternating even stripes slightly under 1/8″ in width. This is a timeless style that can easily be worn with a suit and tie in business settings. These … Continue reading

Bengal Stripe Fabrics

A bengal stripe is a particular sort of striped dress shirt fabric, most often featuring an even 1/4″ alternating stripe. It can either be a color and white or color and color stripe and sits on the bolder end of … Continue reading

Cotonifico Albini Fabric Mill

  History Founded in Bergamo, Italy in 1876, Cotonifico Albini is one of the world’s leading mills for shirting fabrics. Still family-owned to this day (5th generation), Albini produces fabrics for many of the top designer brands–you name the brand, … Continue reading

Glen Plaid Fabric

History Glen Plaid fabric is a common dress shirt check pattern that features large and small plaids in the same pattern. Glen plaid is sometimes nicknamed the Prince of Wales check as the Duke of Windsor, while he was the … Continue reading

Canclini Fabric Mill

The Canclini mill is one of Italy’s best and most prestigious shirting mills. Founded in 1925 near Como, Italy, the family-owned mill has produced fabrics for some of the world’s best brands including Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Prada, and Dolce & … Continue reading