Are you ‘Falling’ for the right Autumn suit fabric?

The warmer weather will be changing very soon: Back-To-School ads are prevalent on TV, NFL Football and playoff baseball have become the subject of choice for Sports radio and you may be looking toward those morning commutes in cooler weather. If you are about to get your heavier suits out of the closet and think you may need an upgrade, now is the perfect time to upgrade your Fall and Winter professional wardrobe. If Made-to-Measure is your preferred route, get some ideas together to take to your local tailoring professional.

While suit style is dictated by your personal taste and body shape, give fabrics some careful thought. You will want something that not only keeps the wind out they will need to remain comfortable under the warmer atmosphere of the office. Here are a few tips on the medium-weight fabrics to suggest to your tailor:

Wool: The most popular suit fabric for a very good reason - it works, and it works well. In a run-of-the-mill nine-ounce weight, a worsted wool suit will protect you from the forty degree mornings and keep you comfortable in sixty degree afternoons. It’s the most common suit fabric for a reason. Good for work. Good for job interviews. Good for pretty much everything.

Flannel: Some autumn days are colder than others. Flannel not only keeps you warm, it looks great and last forever – if you look after it: The lighter the color, the bigger the style statement.

Cashmere: Technically a type of wool, cashmere offers warmth, is lightweight, and feels phenomenal to the hand. Even a suit with 10% of its fabrication as cashmere will feel better than one with none, so keep your eyes peeled for this luxurious fabric.

Twill: This ‘old school’ fabric is made with thick yarn. Tweed’s texture is rough and woolly, making it great for your typical Canadian autumn and winter.

Corduroy: Although a somewhat old-fashioned look, there has been a Cord Suit resurgence of late. Corduroy lasts forever, is crazy comfortable, and works in poor weather. In these days f dress down professional wear, this could be a great ‘go-to’ choice for you. Just layer up with a cardigan and scarf. Oh, and go slim, to make a cord suit look young and urbane.


A simple twill weave in which fine threads are used to create a matte surface. Navy blazers are typically made from serge.


Much less popular now than it was fifty years ago, gabardine is a style of twill that has more warp threads than weft. Woven tightly, gabardine is stiffer and a bit less breathable than other weaves, but it travels well.

There are some more Fall and Winter ideas on our Pinterest Account. Feel free to take a copy of the picture you like best to your local tailoring professional, and create simple, stylish fall looks that are certain to turn heads.

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