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Wool/silk-blend for overcoat?

post #1 of 5
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I saw a really nice tweed overcoat that was made from a silk-wool blend (70% wool 30% silk i think), is this a bad choice for an colder weater coat?
Is the silk just for giving luster to the fabric or will it give any other features that a wool coat wont have?
post #2 of 5
Silk is warmer than wool.
post #3 of 5
True, but it's also not as hard wearing. I dunno, the regular heavy wools and wool cashmeres seem fine to me. Then again, I live in Florida and the coldest it ever gets is around 25 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. Still, a tweed overcoat is a classy item and you should definitely get it if you like it.
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Originally Posted by fredrik80
I saw a really nice tweed overcoat that was made from a silk-wool blend (70% wool 30% silk i think), is this a bad choice for an colder weater coat?
Is the silk just for giving luster to the fabric or will it give any other features that a wool coat wont have?

I'm not familiar with Wool/Silk blend overcoats. It sure sounds nice though. Could you post a picture?

I do have a few Wool/Silk blend sportcosts. They are not as common as they were a few years ago. I have observed that they do not hold up as well as my 100% wool sportcoats.
post #5 of 5
Wool and silk blend should hold up very well. My experience with collecting vintage cashmere and vicuna overcoats is that the lining has to be replaced long before the the outside shows significant wear.
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