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Favorite type of dress shirt fabric?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by scooter, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. scooter

    scooter New Member

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    I'm looking to get a concensus on what are the favorite type of dress shirt fabric here.  Also include what you really like and really hate and which is best for which occasions.
     
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    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Dear Scooter,

    Your poll is interesting except for the following:
    Broadcloth and Poplin are the same fabrics in two different languages - American and British, respectively.
    Pinpoint is a broadcloth made with a bulkier yarn
    Woven twill? Is there a non-woven twill?

    Perhaps a bit of research on your part (that would be a search, not a poll) through the thousands of posts on this subject might be in order before actually asking members to particpate in an uninformed poll?

    Cordially yours,
    Alex Kabbaz
     
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    scooter New Member

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    hmm, they are all seperate categories at this shirtmaking site here: http://www.execshirts.com/dress-shirt.htm I knew twill are all woven, which is why I used the term woven twills. I have been doing some research on shirt fabrics, but very little comes up as far as preferences- which is why I started this poll.
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    I can't really choose one, although I did vote for Oxford, because it is less conventional than standard poplin, while not being a bit too bold as herringbone is. I am using solid colors as my reference however, patterns are different altogether.

    Jon.
     
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    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    uh... Oxford is considered casual, for farmers if I may ...

    .luc
     
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    The livestock and I voted oxford. For obvious reasons. [​IMG]
     
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    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    My royal oxfords seem to fray less quickly at the cuffs than do the end-on-end cloths, which, coupled with allegiance to farmers, is a reason why I prefer them.
     
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    Ditto. FARMER FOREVER.

    Jon.
     
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    I choose the woven twill because I enjoy having a little texture to the fabric.

    Scott
     
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    Can someone explain the origin of the farmer jokes that often appear here? I'm guessing that someone once used it as an insult.
     
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    Search the forum on the username ernest.

    Let hilarity ensue.
     
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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    My personal favorite is 'pinpoint oxford' (more pinpoint than oxford), which has a bit of texture and drape but isn't so heavy and farmerish. I don't think oxford really makes a proper dress shirt anyway - it really requires button cuffs and a soft (probably buttondown) collar, IMO. And of course, suspenders, a brown suit and a pitchfork.

    But for other occasions I like end-on-end blue broadcloth as well. I generally dislike plain white broadcloth, though there are exceptions.
     

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