Poplin is a thin, fine-grained and silky fabric. The weaving is done with a silk warp and a weft of worsted yarn, both of the same colour. This combination gives depth and softness to the lustre of the fabric. A shirt made in poplin fabric can be worn for every occasion, particularly in the summertime. Poplin is the fabric generally chosen for formal occasions.
Twill is a fabric with a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs. It is made by repeatedly passing the weft thread over one or more warp threads and then under two or more warp threads. Twill is supple and easy to iron. Twill is an elegant and rigid fabric which can be worn for every occasion.
The gabardine fabric is a tough, tightly woven fabric with a light reflective shine.
Herringbone resembles twill due to its diagonal structure. The repeat is achieved by alternating the direction of the motif. This kind of weaving makes the herringbone fabric easy to iron. Herringbone is a unique and elegant fabric, and is generally the same thickness as twill.
The Piqué has a vertical structure with raised parallel cords or fine ribbing which give the fabric a kind of relief.
Oxford is a tough and thick fabric. The warp has two fine yarns paired together. The weft has one heavier, softly spun fill yarn and is usually colored, while the warp yarn is white. The Oxford fabric is generally worn in a casual manner but can also be worn with a suit.
End-on-end or Fil à fil
End-on-end is a dense and thin fabric. The weaving alternates two colours of yarn, one colour for the weft and the other for the warp. This weaving gives a cloudy effect to the fabric. End-on-end fabric is generally worn casually or during the summer season.
The Pinpoint fabric weaving is the same as Oxford weaving but the grain is thinner and more elegant.
Zephir is a very thin, dense and flexible fabric. It's perfect for summer.
More than the cut and the details of a shirt, it is the quality of the fabric which makes a shirt nice and elegant. That is why Opalona only chooses high-quality and easy to iron fabrics providing comfort and resistance after many washings.
Most of the fabrics used by Opalona are 100% cotton, some shirts are made with linen or cotton-stretch fabrics.
More than 95% of the cotton fabrics selected by Opalona are two-fold fabrics with a yarn count of 80’s, 100’s or 120’s.
A two-fold cotton fabric, contrary to an ordinary single weave cotton, is made with 2 thin cotton yarns which are twisted before weaved. This weaving gives the fabric a fine texture and higher durability.
The yarn count is the way to measure the fineness of the yarn used for the manufacturing of a fabric. The higher the yarn count, the finer the fabric.
The fabrics of Opalona shirts don’t have the same thickness. The thickness is related to the type of weaving. The Zephir fabric is the thinnest, the Twill and the Herringbone are among the thickest.
We advise you to wash the shirts in a washing machine rather than cleaning them dry. The dry clean can degrade the shirts because of the chemical products used.
You can wash the light coloured shirt in hot water (until 60°).
Don’t go over 40° for dark fabrics. They could lose their colour.
The Opalona shirts are made with cotton or linen materials which get creased. So it is necessary to iron the shirts after the washing.
The non-iron shirts are made with a fabric which has received a chemical treatment that rigidify the fibre, but which vanish after some washings. Opalona doesn’t use those treated fabrics and prefers working with traditional fabrics.
Nevertheless, as the fabrics chosen by Opalona are qualitative, the ironing is simplified. Moreover, some fabrics are easier to iron than others, like the thick ones, for example the Twill or the Herringbone.
Go to the shirts size guide to see all the measurements of Opalona shirts.