What does the ‘Super’ mean?

One of the most common questions we receive is ‘what does the super number on the fabric mean?’ The super count on a woollen suit refers to the fineness of the wool thread. The higher the super rating, the finer the wool yarn used in the fabric. This thread count is synonymous with how soft and light the suit fabric is, where the higher super number will result in a softer feel and a better drape on your body.

Bluestone Double Breasted

Featured is our Bluestone Prince of Wales made from Super 120s Australian merino wool.

However, does the higher the thread count always indicate a better suit? To put it simply – not always. It is a common misconception that the higher the super count, the better the suit is. The ‘super’ rating of a fabric used to construct the suit is only one of many factors which need to be taken into account when selecting a suit. The fabric is usually dependent on the use and practicality of the suit. If you’re going for an everyday suit which can be worn often in the office, then stick to fabrics ranging from super 100s to super 130s. These provide a mixture of luxury and longevity. However, for once off occasions such as a black tie party or a wedding, you can opt for a suit with a more luxurious fabric, such as a super 150s.

Which super number do you enjoy wearing the most? Let us know what you think below.


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