One of my favorite shirt cloth weaves is end-on-end. It combines alternating light and dark threads to produce the look of a solid from a distance but a nice rich texture up close. It’s very light and similar to chambray.

End-on-end is usually done with cotton or linen, making it a great shirt fabric for spring and summer. I have a few of them in blue, all from Charles Tyrwhitt.

FUN FACT: The term “end-on-end” comes from the French “fil-à-fil,” which literally means “thread-to-thread.”

Sky silk road end-on-end from Charles Tyrwhitt
Sky silk road end-on-end from Charles Tyrwhitt

Photos courtesy of Charles Tyrwhitt.

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