The “Super” system is
a way of grading the quality of wool fabric. The higher the number,
the finer the yarn used to weave the fabric. Theoretically the
higher the number, the more yarn is packed in per square inch,
the silkier it will feel and the nicer it will be.
In reality you
can weave a really nice super-100’s cloth that will feel fantastic,
resist wrinkles and make you look like a million bucks, or you can
weave cloth made of super-100’s yarn and not pack it tightly
so it doesn’t feel fantastic, doesn’t resist wrinkles,
and doesn’t make you look like a million bucks.
further complicate matters, the cloth is just one leg of the tripod
needed to make a great garment. You also need quality manufacturing
(how the inside of the garment is stitched and made) and superior
styling. A garment with exceptional fabric, exceptional manufacturing,
and exceptional styling will naturally be exceptional. If it’s
missing any of these 3 elements then it's just another tuxedo.
At the end
of the day, you have to take the “Super” system with
a grain of salt – recognize that super 120’s yarn is
nicer than super 100’s, but that doesn’t guarantee the
super 120’s garment will be made better, fit better, or make
you look better.