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by Han San Chong June 20, 2016


The main component of any garment is the fabric, which of course in bespoke tailoring, is the area where our clients make their biggest decision as the formality and mood of the suit changes depending on the chosen fabric. As a rule of thumb, solid colours and smooth textures are best suited for formal occasions, with the suit appearing increasingly less formal the louder the patterns gets. Here are 6 patterns commonly used in men’s suiting:

qkipedia stripes

Commonly used to elongate a shorter frame, there are several versions of striped patterns and they differ by the width of stripes. The most common striped pattern is pinstripe, made out of pin sized dots out of silk yarn or cotton, which are then woven into worsted cloth to form a stripe.
Another stripe pattern is rope stripe, more often seen on worsted wool. It has a gentle weave which creates a subtle spiral effect. Today although considered a perfect pattern for business suits, stripes –especially the bolder options- are becoming dandyish and declarative.

qkipedia herringbone

A classic pattern that is suitable for most occasions, the name comes from the distinctive zigzag pattern that resembles herring bone. The smaller and tighter pattern is, the more it is suitable for formal occasions. The Herringbone ranges from a subtle texture that is barely noticable, to exaggerated graphic patterns on heavier flannels and tweeds.

qkipedia bird eye

Somewhere between solids and stripes in formality is bird’s eye or nailhead, which examined closely has the appearance of tiny dots of a lighter color on a darker background. A bird’s eye suit generally appears as a solid somewhere in between the two colors, similar to the effect of an Oxford cloth shirt. Nail-head is appropriate in any occasion where stripes would be, and can be substituted for solids on all but the most formal of occasions.

qkipedia Glen checks

The Glen check is a check most commonly used for suits. While not the most formal of suit fabrics, it is a good choice for men looking to diversify their wardrobe. This check resembles a tartan, though it is primarily monochromatic. It utilizes bands of vertical and horizontal stripes which, when viewed as a whole, create a wider check effect in the fabric.

qkipedia windowpane

Another check is windowpane, a loud option where the stripes form an elongated checkerboard effect. This in turn also subtly lengthens the silhouette. A full windowpane suit is not commonly seen, however it has made a comeback in recent years and has proven to work for business suits to casual suits.

qkipedia houndstooth

A more subtle option comparatively to Glen checks, Houndstooth is found on wool and tweed fabrics. Characterized by its abstract black and white pattern, it produces a bold and showy look when made into a suit. It is also used commonly in sport blazers. This is a versatile pattern which lends a fair bit of presence to the wearer.

Han San Chong
Han San Chong


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Sizing Chart


Chest (Shirt) Chest (Body) Collar Shoulder Sleeve Length
46 40" / 102cm 36" / 91cm 15" / 38cm 17" / 43cm 25" / 63.5cm 28.5" / 72cm
48 42" / 107cm 38" / 96.5cm 15.5" / 39.5cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 25.5" / 65cm 29" / 73.5cm
50 44" / 112cm 40" / 102cm 16" / 40.5cm 18" / 45.5cm 26" / 66cm 29.5" / 75cm
52 46" / 117cm 42" / 107cm 16.5" / 42cm 18.5" / 47cm 26.5" / 67.3cm 30" / 76cm
54 48" / 122cm 44" / 112cm 17" / 43.2cm 19" / 48cm 27" / 68.5cm 30.5" / 77.5cm
56 50" / 127cm 46" / 117cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 19.5" / 49.5cm 27.5" / 70cm 31" / 78.5cm