Our shirt fabric guide is here to help you understand the different weaves of traditional men’s shirts.

Our shirt fabric guide is here to help you understand the different weaves of traditional men’s shirts.

Below is our shirt fabric guide to help you understand 


the different weaves of traditional men’s shirts.

Below is our shirt fabric guide to help you understand 


the different weaves of traditional men’s shirts.



Dress shirts are an everyday occurrence for professionals. It’s important to understand the weave of them if you want to maximize comfort without sacrificing style. 

But first: what is a “weave”? 

A weave is the way in which the threads of cotton, called weft (horizontal) and warp (vertical), are put together to make a fabric. Different weaving techniques create different fabric patterns.


These patterns play a significant role in how and when you wear the shirt to get the most out of them. By understanding each weave property, you can find out which dress shirt fabric to pick. Here are the most common men's dress shirt weaves and when to choose them.

Dress shirts are an everyday occurrence for professionals. It’s important to understand the weave of them if you want to maximize comfort without sacrificing style.

But first: what is a “weave”? 

A weave is the way in which the threads of cotton, called weft (horizontal) and warp (vertical), are put together to make a fabric. Different weaving techniques create different fabric patterns. 


These patterns play a significant role in how and when you wear the shirt to get the most out of them. By understanding each weave property, you can find out which dress shirt fabric to pick. Here are the most common men's dress shirt weaves and when to choose them.



Poplin, also known as broadcloth, is a strong, very smooth and durable fabric that has an almost silky hand feel. It is the "standard" shirt fabric with classy characteristics: thin, lightweight and cool.

Be aware that the thin weave means white varieties can be a touch transparent. However, this is the right fabric if you’re looking for a formal shirt. It can also work in your everyday business looks. Poplin is a friend to all seasons, Summer in particular.






This weave is known as a basket weave where multiple weft threads are crossed over an equal number of warp threads.

Usually, one single color thread is crossed with white to give the oxford its signature checkerboard appearance. Its thickness makes it perfect to wear on cooler days. It is a great fit for everyday wear during chilly months.






This weave is similar to oxford cloth. The difference lies in the weave structure: the single weft crosses two warp threads forming a pin point look. Its fabric is a cross between poplin and oxford. The quality is heavy and thick, making Pinpoint Oxford a very durable fabric. This is the right fabric if you’re looking for an everyday work shirt and don’t have to deal with lots of humidity or long, hot, summer days.








Royal oxford is constructed by a two-three-two structure. This fabric is meant for special occasions because of its distinctive shine and texture. For those who like a textured effect, this weave is for you. It’s the right fabric if you’re looking for a business casual or a formal dress shirt for a special occasion.








This cotton fabric is one of the most durable around due to its thickness. The weave, a diagonal texture, is easily recognizable as interesting patterns such as herringbone and houndstooth. Twill fabric can be a bit shiny depending on the weave, color, and cotton chosen. Finally, this fabric is resistant to wrinkles and easy to iron. It’s the right fabric if you’re looking for a shirt for formal occasions or business travels.








This shirt fabric is very popular. Made with a textured weave comprised of two or more colors for a dual-tone finish. It looks like a true solid from a distance but reveals more texture when viewed from up close. It's a good shirt fabric for people in warmer climates that works well if you’re looking for a weekend or everyday business dress shirt.







This fabric is woven using unique geometric patterns. The result? Not all Dobby fabrics looks the same. They come in a variety of patterns, colors, and hand feels. This is an all-around fabric made to meet any style and dress code needs. It’s the right choice if you’re looking for a shirt that caters to everything from ceremonial events to everyday business attire.



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