Men’s Poplin 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


Poplin shirts are created from a fabric with a simple over and under weave. We offer many poplin fabrics which you can choose from when making your perfect-fit custom Italian shirt.

What is Poplin Fabric?

Poplin is a plain weave fabric with a fine warp thread and a coarser weft thread. It is a smooth, flat and fine fabric with a tight weave and subtle sheen. As poplin is a weaving technique, the fabric can be made from various materials such as cotton, wool or silk.

What Are the Benefits of Poplin Fabric?


Poplin’s fineness means that it can easily fit underneath tailoring or knitwear.


The weave's structure is breathable which enables air circulation in hot weather.


Poplin weave feels smooth and is comfortable to wear.


Despite its fineness, the weave of poplin is strong and resistant to breakage.

Wrinkle Resistant

The fabric is not prone to wrinkles and holds its shape well.


Poplin is suitable to wear as part of both smart and casual outfits.


The History of Poplin Fabric

Poplin weave fabric's history stretches back to 15th-century France. It was first woven in Avignon, a silk-weaving hub. Initially named "papelino" poplin was associated with luxurious papal attire.

Historically, poplin was used for crafting winter garments using materials such as silk, cotton, or wool. When British cotton poplin reached the United States in the 1920s it became known as "broadcloth". This was due to the perception that it was heavy.

Modern poplin continues to be mostly made using cotton. This is because the yarn and weaving technique together produce a sturdy yet lightweight fabric.

How is Poplin Fabric Made?

Creating poplin requires a weaving process where fine warp yarns interlace with thicker weft yarns in an over under pattern. This simple weaving technique gives the fabric its characteristic feel and appearance.


How to Wear a Poplin Shirt

Poplin shirts offer a balance of smartness and informality. They can be dressed up with formal attire or paired with casual wear for a relaxed look. Poplin shirts are suitable for all seasons. They can be worn alone in the warmer months or layered beneath tailoring or knitwear.

How to Take Care of a Poplin Shirt

Poplin is a hardy fabric, so it can be washed in a machine. Choose a cooler wash using a mild detergent. Iron poplin shirts on the reverse while slightly damp. Use the lowest effective heat setting.

Did You Know?

  • Poplin originated in the 14th century and was first created using wool and silk yarns.
  • Poplin’s name references the Pope, who resided in Avignon, France, the location where this fabric was first made.
  • Cotton poplin became popular in 19th century Britain.
  • Poplin does not have much stretch or ‘give’ so must be purchased in the correct size.



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