What those clothes are made of.
A yellowish-brown cloth used initially for military uniforms. The word “khaki” comes from the Persian word for “dust,” which aptly describes its original color.
A durable fabric that resembles corduroy with lengthwise ridges, but without the filling yarns corduroy has.
Heavy-duty plain weave fabric, often found in workwear.
Extra lightweight fabric with the look of denim, woven with white and colored threads to create a faded look.
Durable cotton pile fabric with vertical ribs or “wales.” The surface area created by these wales keeps heat in, and makes it a great cool-weather fabric.
A soft, fluffy fiber that grows in a ball. Most often spun into yarn and used to make soft, breathable textiles. The fabric predates to 5,000 B.C.
A durable twill (usually cotton) fabric woven with colored warp and white threads.
Woven fabric with fine geometric patterns and a textured feel.
A synthetic fiber that gives stretch — even 1% will make a pair of pants feel extra comfortable. Flexible pants with stretch are making their way into dressy attire, and often don’t look as stretchy as they feel.
Cloth made by weaving or knitting fibers together.
A fine, thread-like filament, fibers are woven or knit into fabrics.
A soft woven fabric, most often brushed twill or a brushed mélange fabrics, that most will associate with lumberjacks and grunge.
A soft, fuzzy fabric that insulates and feels oh-so-fine.
Fabric consisting of threads knit in a tight “looped” pattern, like bath towels. This creates an extremely soft, cotton rich feel.
A classic woven fabric and a staple in menswear, defined by a geometric V-pattern.
Thick, smooth fabric with a similar look and feel on both sides.
A soft knit fabric, commonly used for T-shirts.
Made from the fibers of the flax plant, this fabric is valued for its exceptionally cool, fresh feel in hot weather.
Lightweight, fine wool that’s less itchy and handles moisture better than other wool types.
A synthetic fiber that’s synonymous with sportswear and is great at taking on color and sheen.
Fabrics are often measured in weight, i.e. “8 oz. stretch twill.” The ounces refer to a fabric’s weight by square yard — the standard unit for fabric.
A formalwear classic, this woven fabric has a lightweight, crisp feel.
Knit fabric with a raised, “piled up,” slightly napped surface.
Woven cotton with a finely raised, bumpy texture. This is what many, many polo shirts are made of.
A soft, lustrous synthetic fiber.
A synthetic fiber used to make a variety of textiles.
A woven fabric with very fine ribbed texture and smooth surface that’s less prone to wrinkles, often used to make button-up shirts.
A fabric treatment with little lines or “ribs” for texture and grip. It’s most commonly found on hems, cuffs and necklines.
Extra durable fabric that’s densely woven so it’s resistant to rips and tears.
Smooth woven fabric with the gloss and sheen of satin.
A warm weather classic, this woven fabric is known for its striped pattern, lightweight feel, and crinkly texture.
A fine, extra-smooth, lustrous fiber produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons — especially the strong, elastic, fibrous secretion of silkworms.
A popular woven fabric, with tiny diagonal parallel “ridges” in the pattern. It’s a classic khaki fabric, and you’ll find it used in many of our own staples: blue pants, black pants, and beyond.
This super-textured fabric is knit in a grid construction and features a waffle-like pattern. It’s great for lightweight layering.
When weaving fabric, the warp refers to the threads that run lengthwise.
Sometimes referred to as a “fill,” the weft refers to threads woven across the warp; in weaving, these are looped over and under the vertical threads.