Today’s Fabric Trends
Ok, we’ve been into the new spring clothing season for a couple weeks and are finding that fabrics continue to evolve with the consumer. Designers are seeing that the suit and tie is giving way to open collars and that is also being glamourized as such on T.V. Don’t be fooled though, the suit and tie is the power business image you want to project and it shows respect for your audience. That being said…
Suiting fabrics are being shown in plain, solid styles availing themselves to being worn open collar and with a multitude of shirt styles, patterns and colors. Subtle plaids and stripes while still remain strong and in the forefront for sophisticated business dress, have conceded to the solids as the versatility factors swings in its favor.
Jackets are following suit (pardon the pun) insofar as you’re seeing more solids and micro-patterns using color and texture to create interest and multiple ways of complimenting to accessories. These combinations of weave and texture create a dimensional look that’s new and fresh. Very smart when orchestrated with spring fabrics like linen, silk and cotton. Seersucker is also making a re-run to fashionable dressing and is being woven in silk, cotton and the blend of those two fibers.
They’re also seeing bolder patterns with electric blues, burnt rose and fuchsia in concert with lovely plaids creating comfortable “soft” looking and feeling garments in perfect harmony with the season. These jackets, while patterned, pair nicely with linen, cotton and denim trousers. Open collared shirts in light cotton and linen and fancy crazy hosiery (or none at all) make the “LOOK” comfortable, modern and sophisticated.
Now a quick synopsis of fabrics and they’re benefits:
Australian merino being the best and finest wool yarns can and are being woven into lightweight fabrics comfortable in most any climate. Today, the great mills of world are weaving these yarns in such a way as to reflect the hot rays of the sun making darker garments feel like “white” while others are being spun water and stain resistant. Even when the clumsy waiter spills a wonderful glass of a Super Tuscan “Classico” on your jacket sleeve, simple wipe it off! No stain…
Taken from 2nd layer of hair under the neck and chest area of the Cashmere goat, where the fleece is protected from Mother Nature, these yarns grow long and soft. They’re easily woven into luxurious cloths that are the pinnacle fabric onto itself but also enhance the hand (feel) of any fabric it’s blended with. Also the yarns dye beautifully hence they dazzle the eye when looking into pure cashmere cloth!
With its crisp and dry hand Mohair is starting to creep back into fabric selections. Found mostly blended with wool and other fibers it makes for a sharp naturally wrinkle resistant lightweight tailored garment (see my earlier blog for more on Mohair).
Extremely fine (about 10 microns) the silk yarn is very strong and shiny. When blended with other fibers, Silk produces a unique hand and a distinctive luster that’s associated to it. On its own silk has made legendary suits for movie stars and business moguls for years! John Travolta’s white “disco” suit was made from a pure Dupioni silk.
Taken from the cellulose fibers that grow inside the Flax plant, linen is unquestionably the flag bearer for the lightest of all the natural fibers. On its own or blended with a host of different fabrics, linen provides lightweight comfortable clothes for spring/summer wear. It also has that unique wrinkle characteristic associated to that of a sophisticated fiber and not one of a sloppy look.
Cotton is one of the most comfortable fabrics you can wear. That’s why shirts of quality are usually made of pure cotton. The beauty of cotton is in its comfort against your body and the ability to dye the yarns in bright and sometimes unique colors. Cottons long staple yarns can be woven tightly, creating that luxurious feeling and making its ability to shed body heat easy. Another of those cloths who’s wrinkles (and pure cotton does wrinkle) is associated to that of a fine, sophisticated fabric and not one of a sloppy look.
For more information on these and most any other fiber used in the manufacturing of fine clothing, contact us and we’ll find your answer because it will help you to…