Men’s Herringbone Fabric Shirts - Apposta

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How to Create Your Custom-Made Shirt
Elements of Your Custom Shirt
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How to Create Your Custom-Made Shirt
Elements of Your Custom Shirt
The Fabric Suppliers


Herringbone shirts are created from a fabric that has a specific geometric weave. View our herringbone fabrics which you can use to make an Italian custom-made shirt.

What Is Herringbone Fabric?

Herringbone fabric is a textile which has been woven with a diagonal rib column pattern. The direction of the rib changes with each column. Unlike chevron, each rib does not align with its matching rib on the neighbouring columns. This creates a pattern of broken V shapes.

Herringbone weave fabrics for shirts are made from materials such as cotton or linen. The weave’s name comes from its resemblance to the skeleton of the herring fish.

What Are the Benefits of Herringbone Fabric?


Due to its diagonal weaving pattern, it has a non-transparent, opaque appearance

Wrinkle Resistance

The thick construction makes it less prone to wrinkling and creasing


The weaving technique makes it structurally sound and resistant to wear and tear

When Should I Wear a Herringbone Shirt?

Cold Weather

Like twill, herringbone fabric creates shirts with a thicker, less transparent finish. Therefore, this style of weave is best suited for colder weather. For cold weather casual outfits, consider flannel herringbone weave fabric.

Business & Special Occasion Outfits

Herringbone cotton is considered to be a traditional style of fabric weave. The pattern typically appears as a block colour from a distance, but patterned up close. This means that it can work well as part of outfits for formal offices or for certain special occasions.

The History of Herringbone Fabric

Herringbone pattern has existed for thousands of years. One of its earliest known uses as a textile is in ancient Italy. The pattern has been utilised by many different countries and cultures over centuries. It is particularly associated with thick woollen textiles created in Britain and Ireland.

How Is Herringbone Fabric Made?

To create herringbone fabric, a weft thread is woven over several warp threads and then under an equal number in a sequential process. This technique forms the characteristic rib pattern. The direction of the weave is then reversed. The reverse of the twill lines are not aligned, but instead staggered. This creates the weave’s broken V shaped pattern.

How to Wear a Herringbone Shirt

Try a pale blue herringbone cotton fabric shirt with a dark navy shirt, a dark navy tie and dark brown shoes for a formal office outfit. To go casual, pair a grey or brown flannel herringbone shirt with black straight leg jeans and white low-top trainers.

How to Take Care of a Herringbone Shirt

A herringbone weave shirt should be washed at a maximum of 30 degrees in a washing machine. Air dry either hanging or flat. Iron on the reverse while slightly damp.

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