Not as smooth as you thought, learn to differentiate the fabric from your shirts

When buying a dress shirt many times we find explanations about its manufacture which we know sounds good but we often ignore what it means.

And although by far all shirts appear to be smooth, if one day out of curiosity you look closely at one of them, you will realize that although they share the same color and even exactly the same material, they may differ in the appearance of the fabric.

This is composed of warp (yarns that go in vertical direction) and weft (yarns that are in horizontal direction) and the different ways in which they intertwine with each other, even if you do not believe it, infers a lot in the final result of the garment as well as in its characteristics.

So, when in doubt, here is a guide that will help you to know a little more about the garment par excellence of every wardrobe of the classy man.

Fil a Fil

This fabric alternates two strands of color, one light and the other dark which offers a heterogeneous and textured appearance but at a distance is seen in uniform color.

The shirts made in this fabric are light and versatile, ideal to wear in during the summer and for formal occasions for its smooth finish and colorful colors,


It’s a slightly thick but quite soft fabric made usually in cotton that mixes a thread of color in the weft and another white in the warp which gives a two tone appearance.

The shirts made in this fabric wrinkle less easily, are durable and have a finish touch that some call basket type because of the effect of braiding you can appreciate closely.


It’s a very appreciated fabric for the manufacture of elegant shirts. Soft to the touch and comfortable to use.

It is created with the combination of threads of two different thicknesses, the warp being the finest yet nonetheless a light fabric.


A type of very resistant fabric that shines through its horizontally grooved fabric that makes the shirts made with this go very well with a formal appearance.


It’s a similar fabric to Oxford in the framework that is assimilated to a basket but is slightly heavier.


Similar to the twill with the difference that in this type of fabric the effect of the diagonal is in both directions, hence the name since it has an effect similar to that of a spike cereal or zigzag.


The melange can really be made with the same type of fabric as herringbone, twill or Oxford but the threads can be up to two or three colors similar to each other but with a subtle difference of tone, which gives it a marbled appearance.


The main feature of this fabric is the design in fine diagonal lines that creates an interesting texture and appearance but that is still considered for formal moments.

The shirts with this fabric are flexible, silky and breathable


It would turn out to be an alternative version to denim for its great resemblance but it’s much lighter and cooler than this, so the the shirts made of chambray are an excellent alternative for summer.


It’s a fabric whose most outstanding feature is that it contains  small geometric patterns in its fabric that gives it texture, these can be very close to each other or alternate another type of fabric like the Oxford between each ornament.


This fabric is already famous enough to present it, with the popular white and blue weft fabrics dyed in indigo that we all know as jean.

Associated with a thick fabric, when it comes to shirts they are put into a treatment known as Stone wash that makes the garment much more flexible and soft to the touch.


It’s a type of fabric normally made of cotton which has undergone a brushing process that creates fibers that protrude slightly to give a "wooly" appearance.

Generally the shirts made with this fabric are warm and excellent for cold climates, and for their characteristic design they go with casual moments.