Italian wool, worsted wool, tweed wool … There’s only so many different types of wool, but there are many different types of way the wool is constructed. Typically, suits are often made of some type of wool. Sometimes, suits are made of cotton or linen for really specific types of weather, but mostly suits are given their more charming characteristics based on the form of wool used to construct it. So, you must be wondering then… what’s the difference between worsted wool and Italian wool? Which wool is best to wear for which occasion? An even more important question is why is wool such an important material in suiting, anyway?
Wool is special in that it can be made in several different ways to give the suit different characteristics all within a reasonable price range, but sometimes certain wool options have different types of perks. Suits can be constructed with soft, fine wool, but the suit’s durability would decrease to compensate for the luxury of the material. The opposite happens too in which suits can be made with thicker wool which keeps it shape, allows for more color ways, and ultimately lasts longer.
Here’s a short-hand list of some common wool types that are great for your suit and wallet: