When it comes to buying the grooms attire, there’s all kinds of things to consider. Is it cravats or ties? Are they all wearing the same colour? Will the groom be wearing a different colour? But have you thought about whether it’s silk, satin or a shantung finish that you’re after?
We get asked what the difference between these three finishes are on a daily basis, so I thought I’d just write a quick blog about them all.
First up is the poly-satin. This is easy to pick out as it has a smooth finish and has a little bit of a shine. This is the most popular choice because of the huge range of colour available and much more price conscious than silks.
If you want to get a bit technical about the process and wow your friends with your new knowledge, here’s a bit about how the polyester satin is made.
When this material is made it is weaved in such a way that it has “floating” yarns across the top. No this doesn’t mean that your ties are haunted! By having these loose yarns it creates the smooth finish that many people like to have in their wedding ties.
Now if the polyester satin isn’t for you, and you want something with a little extra, this is where the shantung finish maybe for you. The shantung finish adds that extra texture into the ties, cravats, bows, whatever you’re having for the groomsmen.
To get the textured finish that many grooms like, unlike the polyester satin, the yarns of the fabric are all a little bit different, using irregular thread, so when it’s woven together you get the really cool textured affect for the ties.
We have swatches for all fabric finishes, so if you click here, you can have a look at all the colours we have available.
Another really popular fabric that we have is the silk. Our silk ties are in the twill weave, and you can spot this by the diagonal weave (or stripe) that is formed across the tie. Silk ties are generally that little bit more expensive because of how they are made.
Another little technical fact for you about the silk, is around the process of making the ties. The reason that the silks can look like many different shades in different lights is because inside the silk itself is a triangular prism like structure. Because of this structure the silk is able to absorb lights from different angles, and therefore reflect different tones. Pretty cool huh?
Over recent years there’s been an increase in patterned ties for grooms, florals and paisleys can add extra flair to a wedding suit. Patterned ties can be a bold statement but create a sophisticated look, these can add a distinctive touch to groom outfits without detracting too much attention from the bride.
We have also introduced a new range of crepe ties; with a textured finish these create a matte effect tie. Available in a range of our more popular and muted colours, this fabric creates a softer touch to an outfit due to more delicate fabric.
So that’s a little bit around the satin, silks, pattern, crepe and shantung fabrics that we have, and hopefully it’s answered any of the questions to go with them. If you do have anymore questions though, just give us a call or drop us an email and we’d be happy to help!
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