What are the advantages of a silk blend suit?

4th May 2020
Katie Kwok

Certain fabrics make excellent summer suits. In the hotter months, silk is one of those suit fabrics, alongside cotton and linen, that’s talked about as being a cooler option.

Trouble is, silk suits tend to wrinkle easily. Silk suits are also liable to fade in direct sunlight.

So what about a silk blend suit? You’ll enjoy all of the summer-wear advantages of a lightweight silk suit with the support of wool.

As with all wool blends, your mix should be primarily wool – 80/20 is recognised as the best ratio. Adding 20% silk to the blend also adds a little shine, which makes it a good option for formal evening wear.

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(Above) Model is wearing a Zegna 63045 jacket – composition: 76% Wool, 24% Silk

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(Above) Model is wearing a Zegna 63027 jacket – composition: 100% Silk

What is silk?

Firstly, though, what is silk? Silk is a protein fibre that’s harvested from the larvae cocoons of silkworms. It can be spun into long filaments and woven into textiles. However, it’s very rare to find a 100% silk suit. A blend with wool or cotton is the usual procedure.

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The pros of silk and silk blend suits    

  • Silk blend suits are incredibly light, which gives the fabric a soft, luxury feel.
  • Silk takes colour well.
  • Silk has a natural protein structure, which means it’s highly hypoallergenic.
  • It’s also a great temperature regulator and is surprisingly warm in winter.
  • Silk is absorbent and dries very quickly, resisting moisture superbly, hence its popularity in tropical zones.
  • It will absorb a third of its weight in water before it feels damp.
  • Silk is a strong fibre, with tensile strength that compares well with steel yarn.
  • Silk is often the fabric of choice for people in Subtropical & Tropical climates.

The cons of silk and silk blend suits    

  • Silk suits tend to show water marks and sweat marks rather too easily.
  • They don’t breathe as well as linen.
  • As with other lightweight suit fabrics, silk wrinkles easily and creasing can become permanent if not dealt with quickly.
  • Unless mixed with another fabric, silk suits might also be seen as lacking in professionalism in the office and more appropriate for a night out in Marina Bay or a New York rooftop bar.

Why not book a fitting at a Senszio Trunk Show near you? Our expert travelling tailors will talk you through the advantages of silk blend suit and whether they’re right for your lifestyle.