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Cotton/Polyester Blends » Textured, Twills & Jaquards

Cotton twill, a shimmery diagonal weave, makes for richly textured shirts without sacrificing formality. In herringbone twill, the direction of the diagonals switches back and forth every quarter inch or so, giving the fabric even more depth. When occasion or whim calls for a solid shirt, twill plays the role with panache by creating great texture.

Herringbone is a broken twill weave created by alte ating the diagonal pattern within the cloth. The reverse twill, at intervals, produces a zigzag effect. An arrowhead pattern characterized by a balanced zigzag effect produced by first having the rib run to the right and then to the left for an equal number of threads. It was named after the skeleton of the herring fish, as this is what the fiber pattern resembles. Shirts made with Herringbone Broadcloth fabric are considered fancier than those in the Oxford family of fabric.

Jacquard Fabric has complicated patterns or designs in the weaving. The Jacquard Fabric originates from the Jaquard Loom. Jacquard looms, whilst relatively common in the textile industry, are not as ubiquitous as dobby looms which are usually faster and much cheaper to operate.


Natural Fiber Shirts » Pinpoint/Oxford Shirts

The Oxford weave has a basket weave structure and a lustrous aspect making it a popular fabric for a dress shirt. Varieties in the cloth are the plain Oxford, the Pinpoint Oxford and the more formal, Royal Oxford.

While these first two are more often paired with casual shirt designs like a button-down collar, the third type of Oxford cloth, "Royal Oxford", is considered a more versatile weave that can be paired with either business or sporty dress codes.