The cotton suit is not the most popular or renowned type of suit on the market, but cotton is without question the most popular fabric for every other type of apparel.
From this writer’s humble perspective, cottons inexpensiveness propagates its popularity, but it wrinkles easily and is simply not meant for all types of suits. However, as always there are advantages and disadvantages to wearing one, so let us engage in a brief suit comparison.
This material is nice and breathable and makes for a comfortable fit. Cotton is considerably less expensive than wool and therefore much more popular among those on a tight budget. The suit industry is seemingly straightforward – you get what you pay for. That being said, it’s not necessarily a bad idea to have this kind of suit in your wardrobe for which you paid less than a hundred dollars.
Some people say to treat it as a uniform if you’re required to wear a suit everyday but your style doesn’t necessarily matter. I’m not so sure that I agree with this though because a suit made of cotton will wrinkle quickly.
Do you really want to have to get your suit pressed every day for work?
Others say that if you live in a hot climate, you can wear this type of suit without worry of destroying it (because it didn’t cost you too much) during the muggiest of summer days. This may be true if you think a hundred dollars isn’t much to spend on clothing, but I sure don’t feel that way.
I’d wear a cotton suit to formal summer events like weddings and parties. This suit will only be worn for the day so it won’t get too wrinkled and you’ll be nice and comfortable.
Perhaps to your surprise, there are a multitude of suits made of cotton in the higher price ranges. An Isaia brand seersucker suit, for example, may run you a couple thousand dollars – surprisingly comparable to a well-tailored designer suit.
Cotton Suit Disadvantages
A cotton suit will not feel close to as elegant as a well-crafted wool suit. Unless you find the exception to the rule, it will feel very cheap, stiff, and like you’re wearing a cardboard box.
Wrinkles are much more prevalent with this material. Cotton also has a tendency to shrink, which means extra care will be needed when cleaning it and caring for it. You find a nice 80% cotton, 20% polyester mix, but a suit made of cotton will not last more than a couple summers. While a brilliant and necessary cloth, a suit purist might laugh at the idea of owning a suit made from standard cotton.
Wear it for what it’s worth, but don’t think you can get away with wearing this suit during the winter at a formal party or important company event.