Originally Posted by R.O. Thornhill
Mafoofan - I am certainly not wearing a 13oz suit in a hot summer's day. If you read my posts you would have noticed that what I am saying is:
+ Get some fresco / lightweight suits for the high days of summer (3 in my proposed wardrobe of 10)
+ For the other +300 days a year (this is based on living in London) wear a mix of 11-14oz suits
I don't think anyone will swelter in an 11oz suit when it is cloudy and 22c (as it was today, in the middle of August). In fact, swanning around in fresco would look incongruous
Clearly New York has more extreme seasons, and humidity in summer - but that is why I always prefaced my remarks with this being a suitable selection for my type of work and location.
From memory I don't think you followed your own advice and went for 5 x flannel and 5 x fresco
This is exactly my approach and I live in NYC. Most of my suits are made from Harrisons 11-12 oz or Smith Woollens/Lesser 13 oz, but I do have 2 made from Minnis Fresco. I could easily wear the heavier ones year round and do wear them on some hot days. I don't really overheat that much, and just strongly prefer the look and feel of nice worsted cloth. Looks more modern and unfussy to me. Have thought about flannel but not really a fan of the rumpled appearance you get after a while, with creases/shaping falling out.
Also, it's incorrect to say that 11-13 oz worsted invariably looks autumnal. There is a wide range of surface finishes available for worsted cloth - hairy/fuzzy (some twills and hopsacks), tough/hard (sharkskin and other hopsacks), or smooth/light (plain weave).