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Men's Clothing Fabrics and Patterns

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Have you ever run across a word you don't know regarding fabrics or patterns? You know about corduroy but others are leaving you scratching your head. Aaron Marino of alpha m. is talking about the fabric names and differences.

A fabric is what your clothes are made of: wool (sheep), cotton (plant), silk (worm), or synthetic (man-made). The way that the fabric is woven affects the feel, look, or overall character of that fabric. The pattern is the reoccurring theme or object on the fabric. The weave can cause it's own pattern as well.

Common Terms

  • Twill - a common weaved pattern of diagonal parallel ribs
  • Tweed - rough, unfinished wool fabric
  • Gingham - simple medium weight cotton with a colored checkerboard pattern
  • Herringbone - it's a pattern and fabric weave
  • Houndstooth - broken check pattern or abstract four-point shape
  • Glen Plaid - houndstooth plus windowpane
  • Velvet - soft, piled fabric (cotton, silk, synthetic) with a high shine
  • Camel Hair - camel hair blended with wool
  • Corduroy - twisted fibers that lay parallel and is measured in wales (1.5 to 21)

Past Topics

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Men's Dress Shirt Collar Options | Point, Tab, Pinned, Spread Collars -
September 30, 2011
To start, Alpha thought it would be wise by starting with an explanation of collar construction: collar points, collar point length, collar band, collar height, tie space, and spread. Now, Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses collar styles. Obscure Varieties Band  - collar without the collar! It sucks. Don't wear! Stafford  - it's like ... uh... makes Alpha smile. Wing Up  - associated with tuxeRead More»
Wear a Vest and Kill It | Men's Dress, Casual, and Sweater Vests -
September 23, 2011
Alpha used to think vests looked amazing on other men but not him. But he realized he was being a pussy so he got a vest and looked awesome! He even got a compliment! That's all it took. He's now a vest wearing slut. Aaron Marino of alpha m. presents different kinds of vest and how to wear them. Vests are a great option for the layering enthusiast- adding character, depth, and dimension to what coRead More»
Velvet Sport Coat | Men's Jacket  -
September 24, 2010
Professional male image consultant and fashion expert, Aaron Marino, talks about his favorite fall fashion piece- the velvet sport coat. In Alpha's personal opinion, if you are going to invest in one new item for the fall / winter, it should be the black velvet sport coat. It's versatile- you can dress it up and down. It looks great with everything you put it with. You can also get other colors thRead More»
$20 Thrift Store Couture | Bargain and Budget Shopping -
September 18, 2010
Platos Closet | Gently Used Clothes Thrift Store Haul | Style on a Budget Destinking Thrift Store Clothes Bargain Clothes Hunting Professional  male image and style consultant, Aaron Marino, takes you on a thrift store shopping adventure. Alpha shows you how to not spend a lot of money and still look amazing. Here's how to go bargain shopping! Alpha can take $20 and a good thrift store or secondRead More»

Summer Styles and Trends | V-Neck Tee Shirts -
April 30, 2010
Professional male style expert and men's image professional, Aaron Marino, talks about his favorite summer fashion trend.  The v-neck tee shirt is not only classic and timeless, and it is stylish as well. You need a v-neck tee shirt in your warm weather wardrobe. V-necks are tee shirts with attitude. Don't be afraid to wear color. The way Alpha sees it, there are three types of v-necks. StandardRead More»
Buying a Men's Suit or Sport Jacket | Proper Men's Suit Fit and Size -
December 20, 2009
Male style and fashion expert, Aaron Marino, talks about how to buy a suit or sport jacket. Alpha shows the proper fit and how to tell if it is the right size. The goal is to cut down on the amount of tailoring you need down. First, you go into a store and grab an associate. Have them measure you and get the suit jacket measurement. Then determine the length which ranges from short, regular, and Read More»
Matching Colors | Men's Clothing  -
December 18, 2009
Professional image consultant and male fashion expert, Aaron Marino, talks about how to match colors. After the tutorial, Alpha answers viewer questions and responds to nay-sayers. BLACK Black is an easy one. Any color that you want to combine with black will look fantastic. The only problem that could arise is matching two blacks together. Stay away from that, otherwise, everything if fair game.Read More»

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