I can't put my finger on why it looks bad. If I thought about it for a while I might think of the answer. All I know is that I have always hated and all the people I consider truly well dressed and whose taste I trust would never touch it.
I have two sportcoats in linen. One is a large scale brown glen check from Polo on their Princeton Soft model (the best looking RTW Ivy out there if you don't mind front darts). It is a loose weave, so it looks more like silk than linen. It is very casual. The linen is clearly not a suiting.
The other is a brick and cream mini houndstooth from Avery Lucas following crazy Apparel Arts 30s mode. I think I put it in storage somewhere as it is a little too out there in terms of styling. In wool, the cloth would be a suiting, but it would never work in linen.
Both sportcoats look fine to me, but I may not be a true Scotsman.
The cream/brown/blue check above looks awful.
I recall that iammatt has a patterned linen sportcoat but I can't recall any details.
Wearing all solids right now. Taupe/tan linen suit. Blue OCBD. Brown solid Shantung tie. White voile hanky in a stuff. Unribbed cotton socks. BandAid colored Lobb single monks. Straight, white teeth. No beard.
My face is also unpatterned, because of early and liberal use of sunscreen and lack of worry (by and large.)
thinman, that second tie is truly atrocious, I say that with no rancor in my heart, i've always though you were a good poaster.
No offense taken. I sometimes get bored with more conservative ties, especially when CBD is not required.
Originally Posted by F. Corbera
They're both Talbott. The colors aren't loud enough for Duchamp.
Originally Posted by tobiasj
Both of them are awful. With rancor
I'll get over it.
Originally Posted by Manton
I remember when I was building my little clothing library way back when and I found a copy of Mortimer Levitt's book, I think it was called The Executive Look. He was the founder and owner of the Custom Shop chain. The book came out in the late '70s or early '80s. It's not a bad book though idiosyncratic and dogmatic at times. (I know, pot, kettle.)
Anyway, one of Levitt's iron rules was "two plains and a fancy." That is, among suit, shirt and tie, two should always be solid and only one patterned. I thought at the time that here was really narrow-minded advice guaranteed to make men dress dull, dull, dull. I still think that. And yet, every day this week I have followed the rule. For most of the summer I have. Hell, for most of the last five yaers I probably have. Well, with the exception that I always wear a square and Levitt never does.
This my default for CBD. I'll wear only one patterned element or occasionally I'll add a patterned pocket square as well. What I now enjoy more than playing with patterns is playing with textures.
Originally Posted by Manton
leaving aside the people who don't know any better, do any of you actually support patterned linen?
Though I'm undoubtedly one of those who doesn't know any better, the wrinkling of linen interrupts a pattern and makes a pattern on linen jackets look incongruous to me. I do wear patterned linen shirts, for occasions that are informal enough to dispense with a jacket.