Menswear Fabrics: What is Hopsack?
March 31st, 2015
Hopsack is one of my go-to fabrics in the Spring and Summer. It’s not technically a fabric, it’s a method of weaving a fabric (most often a lightweight wool). The “basket weave” texture, which comes in many different gages, creates a very unique feel to a tailored garment. Think of it like a Spring/Summer alternative to flannel or tweed.
Pros of Hopsack
- Very lightweight and breathable. Recommended to go unlined.
- Natural wrinkle resistance due to woven texture.
- Forgiving drape, easier to tailor.
- The coarse texture creates a more casual, wearable garment.
Cons of Hopsack
- Does not insulate heat well.
- Susceptible to snagging, due to the loose weave. This effect is worsened on larger gages.
- Larger gages can also be more delicate.
Given how versatile and functional of a fabric it is, a good hopsack garment is surprisingly hard to find. Perhaps retailers shy away from the delicacy of the texture, although I’ve worn mine pretty hard. I’ve also never ironed any of them, even with traveling and all that.
I was recently searching through the archives for a specific photo and started to notice how often I wear my hopsack suit pieces. Rarely as full suits, though. Most often as separate trousers – hopsack makes for a very versatile and comfortable pant. I actually think the brown hopsack trousers might be the most featured garment in the history of the site.
With that said, here are some lightweight Spring looks to highlight the versatility of hopsack fabrics, especially in brown, especially as trousers.
Yours in style,