If you’re used to buying clothes off the rack, you would know the pain of having clothing that stick too close to your skin or on the other end, hang more loosely than they’re supposed to. It’s these details that contribute to your overall impression, especially at work, which is why choosing the right fit is essential to portraying a clean and professional image.
Of course, this is easier said than done and we often end up overlooking factors we think don’t matter. Having to choose between wool and wool blends or one or two pockets can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking out for. To help you out, we’ve compiled a quick yet comprehensive guide to tailoring.
Know Your Materials
What: Easily one of the most frequently-used materials in the world of tailoring, wool fabrics come in a range of colours, weights and quality grades.
Pros: Due to its low absorbency rate, wool can help keep you dry when it’s raining. It’s also very resilient, and can retain its shape even for years with proper care. It also has anti-odour properties.
Cons: Wool is an insulator of heat, so you’ll feel hot in it pretty quickly. Plus, if you perspire, it can affect the resistance of the material too. It also needs special care, which can be inconvenient to some.\
What: Wool blends essentially meld natural-occuring wool together with man-made materials so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Given that it’s not pure wool, blends tend to cost less.
Pros: Wool blends are better at moisture-wicking, and will help keep your skin feeling cool and dry. It also dries quicker than pure wool, and has a smoother touch that makes it more comfy.
Cons: Cheap blends often carry a very unattractive sheen that may not look professional under the light. The fabric also doesn’t breathe as well.
What: Don’t mix this up with tweed boucle, since not all boucles are made of tweed. In actuality, boucle refers to a spun fabric of any type of fibre.
Pros: The fuzzy and plush texture of boucle makes it great for women’s jackets – something that was popularised by Coco Chanel. Because it’s woven in a looser format, boucle allows for your body to ventilate better.
Cons: Caring for boucle is tricky, because the different fabric contents mean that no one washing method can be applied to any boucle.
What: Derived from plants, linen is a great suit material for Singapore weather, because the fabric lends itself to the feeling of summer and it has particular properties that keep your body cool.
Pros: Linen ranks highly in strength and durability, and can be easily laundered without fuss. It’s also great at keeping you fresh, because it’s a highly absorbent fabric.
Cons: When washed with hard water, linen can look disheveled and worn. It also wrinkles easily, which means your clothes will look creased as the day passes.