The name herringbone derives from the resemblance between the characteristic chevron pattern of this weave and … herring bones. It’s a traditional pattern that you see in other fabrics besides shirt cotton – particularly wool tweeds.
In shirt terms, however, a
herringbone is a variety of twill weave
. A fine herringbone has the same properties as a fine twill: luxurious elegance, lustrous sheen, gentle drape, wrinkle-resistance, softness and remarkable durability. But instead of a silky diagonal texture, it has a
silky zigzag texture
If you want a
that will look fabulous worn with or without a jacket, you’ll never go wrong with a fine herringbone.
– describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in shirt fabrics, under the family of twill shirtings. The pattern is called herringbone because it looks like the skeleton of a herring fish.