What is twill?

Blue Structured Twill Jacket from Samuel Windsor

Twill is a robust fabric that drapes beautifully when used for blazers
Image source: Structured Twill Jacket from Samuel Windsor

Twill is made by weaving yarn into a pattern of parallel diagonals to produce a robust fabric with a distinctive look and feel. Shirts, chinos, jackets and even jeans can all be made from twill. Here we take a look at this most ubiquitous of fabrics to find out where it comes from, how it’s made and how to wear it to best effect.

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What is velvet?

Velvet dinner jackets make a sophisticated style statement at formal events

Velvet dinner jackets make a sophisticated style statement at formal events
Image source: Evening wear from Samuel Windsor

From the luxury silk velvet fabric favoured by the royal courts of the Middle East to one of the most sophisticated fabrics used in European menswear, velvet offers the look and feel of true class. Add a touch of exquisite tailoring and you’re talking evening wear to die for. But what is velvet, how is it made and how can you wear it to best effect? Here we answer all your velvet-related questions.
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What is corduroy?

Cord trousers from Samuel Windsor - Infinitely comfortable, cord is also hard wearing and smart

Infinitely comfortable, cord is also hard wearing and smart
Image source: Cord trousers from Samuel Windsor

How well do you know your corduroy? Warm, comfortable, and when you wear it right, undeniably stylish, this versatile fabric has ancient origins. Here we take a look at cord – what it is, how it’s made, and most importantly, how to rock the look.
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