Fabrics (32)

Ordering Fabric Samples

How to order shirt fabric samples from Proper Cloth We try our best to make our shirt fabric photographs and descriptions communicate the true essence of a fabric, but sometimes you just have to see the … Read

How to Tell If a Product Will Be Restocked

Pending Restock Item/Fabric If the product page indicates an Estimated Restock Date, the item/fabric should be available for new orders around the estimated time indicated. Click ‘Be Notified When Back In Stock’ to receive an email … Read

Wool Suiting Fabric Basics

Wool is the most common natural fiber used for tailored suits, jackets, and trousers. The natural properties of wool, such as its durability, breathability, odor resistance, and wrinkle resistance, make it an ideal choice for tailored … Read

Must-Have Fabrics for Fall and Winter

Successful seasonal dressing hinges on fabric choice. When it comes to fall and winter, dense, heavy, warm fabrics are the cornerstones of weather-appropriate style. Below you’ll find the details of the essential fall and winter fabrics … Read

Proper Cloth Custom Washed Indigo Shirts

In 2015, Proper Cloth became the first menswear brand to offer custom Washed Indigo shirts. Here you’ll find answers to the most common questions we get about them. What is Washed Indigo? Washed indigo shirts go … Read

What Makes a Fabric Wrinkle Resistant?

Overview A fabric’s tendency to wrinkle – or not wrinkle – depends on several factors. Typically, weight, weave complexity, composition, and treatment (if any) dictate the level of a fabric’s wrinkle resistance. As a general rule, … Read

Wrinkle Resistance Ratings

Wrinkle resistance is entirely a matter of personal preference. Some guys will want their shirts to look just-pressed at all times, while others may not mind the lived-in look some wrinkles can give a shirt after … Read

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 … Read

Formaldehyde in Clothing and Non-Iron Shirts

History of Formaldehyde in Textiles Formaldehyde resins have been used to treat textiles, particularly cotton since the 1920’s. Formaldehyde treatments are usually applied to combat wrinkling, improve stain resistance/colorfastness, and prevent mildew. Essentially, it has been … Read

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 … Read

Opacity Ratings

Proper Cloth’s Opacity Ratings: We rate each of our fabrics in terms of its opacity to give our customers a good idea of what to expect from them. We do this on a 1-5 scale, with … Read

Thread Count and Ply

Thread Count If everything else is the same (weave, ply, mill, and type of cotton), higher thread count means a smoother, silkier, more expensive fabric. Thread count is often referred to with a number like 50s, … Read

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 role in how warm it is, how easily it wrinkles, and whether it’s … Read

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 … Read

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 … Read

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 … Read

Mini Grid 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, but … Read

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 … Read

Tattersall

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 … Read