Types of Men's Shirting Fabric

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Men's shirts are made from a wide variety of different types of fabrics. Learn about the types of men's shirting fabric with help from a professional image consultant in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Brian Lipstein, President of Henry A. Davidson, we're here today to tell you about the different types of men's shirt fabrics. When you choose a men's dress shirt, there are various different fabrics you can pick from. Most commonly, your cheaper shirts are gonna be made out of polyester, which is a synthetic of cotton. The bad thing about polyester is it's going to wrinkle, not hold up, and it's not very, it's not going to breathe as well as cotton will. So your higher quality dress shirts are gonna be made of a 100 percent cotton. Sometimes you will get a cotton and polyester blend, that would be a little bit more in the mid-range, but you wanna try to stick to 100 percent cotton shirts, in a 2 PLY construction. The 2 PLY construction is going to resist wrinkling a little bit more for you, and will ultimately wear longer. It's a stronger weave to begin with. A couple other types of materials that could be used for men's dress shirts. You'll find linen shirts as a summer wear. You'll find silk shirts, it would be a little bit dressier, or special occasion, and that's pretty much the materials you're gonna find available in men's dress shirts. And within cottons you have different weaves as well. You have an Oxford weave, which is a little bit of a rougher, sturdier weave. You can have a broadcloth weave, you can have a pinpoint weave, among many others. The different weaves will generally give you different textures on the shirt, and you wanna keep them, as I said, in about 100 percent cotton. Again, I'm Brian Lipstein, here at Henry Davidson, just giving you a couple tips on different types of materials for men's dress shirts.

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