Originally Posted by GBR
You can wear them when you like. Some will argue that this or that is for winter or for summer but in reality anything can be worn depending upon your own needs and concerns.
As a general rule, I agree. However, I'd like to pick things suited to the varying conditions I will have to wear them under. In the past, I was able to avoid being very cloth-conscious because I could avoid wearing suits (even jackets) all summer. However, the prospect of having to wear a suit all summer, when temperatures are in the 80's and 90's, has forced my hand.
Originally Posted by Will
I have a suit from the Finmeresco and it's fine for San Francisco summer, which as you know is not normally all that warm. The same is true for the other 11/12 ounce English summer cloths in my experience.
I saw the blue-grey one on your blog. Really gorgeous, but maybe a tad heavy for my purposes, right?
Originally Posted by Will
The most seasonably appropriate wardrobe full of frescos and linens will have a couple of tropical worsteds.
Start with standards like a gray pick and pick and a navy twill. They are foundation suits that can be worn in cold weather with wool socks and an overcoat if they must. Personally, I wouldn't go lighter than eight ounce cloth for that use - mine are nine.
Is this because tropical worsteds will look better when I need to be the most business formal, or because the cloth functions differently?
I'm dreaming of an excuse to buy a linen suit, but I can't find one. They don't appear very office-friendly--at least, not in Manhattan.
Originally Posted by Aluan
A 8 or 9 oz fresco or mohair in a slightly lighter navy or slightly lighter gray than you would usually get for winter might work. The lighter colour should be okay at looking summery, and hopefully won't look too odd in the winter since it'll be under artificial lighting or under an overcoat.
I'm taking the same kind of approach in wardrobe building as you (except I get my stuff from Despos instead of Rubinacci, etc.), and I'm at about the same stage of accumulation. The difference, I guess, is that I have only one season to worry about in South Florida, so I can just buy summery stuff without having to worry about all of this; otherwise I'd probably be going through the same decisions as you. What are your ideal summer suits?
Agreed on the coloring. As for my bigger plan, here's what I'm thinking:Plan A: 3 frescos + 1 heavier worsted or flannel
I'd wear each fresco during the winter, along with my four heavier suits, giving me a 7-suit fall/winter/spring rotation. During the summer, I'd wear the frescos, plus one or two heavier worsteds (11 oz. or so) that I'd have to suffer in, giving me a four or five suit sumer rotation.Plan B: 2 frescos + 2 heavier worsteds
Same as above, but more suffering in the summer. The two heavier worsteds would be in the 11 oz. range.