We’ve all heard the terms Twill and Herringbone in association with fabric, but what do they actually mean?
Originating from the Scottish word for Tweed, (“tweel”), Twill is made from unfinished wool. Rough in texture, Twill was originally used for clothing that was meant to be worn during rugged activities including shooting jackets for hunting.
Though the fabric is not used in that manner much anymore, Twill can be found on a lot of Suit Jackets and Pants because of its unique finish and thickness.
Herringbone, on the other hand, is the V-shaped, zig-zag pattern that is often times made from Twill. Similar to Chevron, Herringbone has a “broken” look as the pattern crisscrosses. Quite literally taking its name from the bones of the fish with the same name, Herringbone is now used in the manufacturing of shirting, outerwear and pants.
Herringbone’s initial roots are Rome therefore it makes sense that we find so much suiting and sports jackets made using the pattern. Due to its subtleness, many men like the Herringbone pattern because of the relatively easy way to add versatility into their wardrobe without taking too much of a risk.