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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi gents,

 

I'm looking for some advice on choosing a summer suit in linen...

I am currently hesitating between a 50% cotton / 50% linen suit from Zegna and one that is 100% linen from Partenopea...

I like the fabric of the Partenopea better (visually), but since it is 100% linen, I was wondering if it will crease much more than the blend from Zegna or only marginally more? or is the Zegna a much safer bet to not look like a mess after just a few hours?

 

Thanks in advance :)

post #2 of 13
100% linen is going to crease a bunch. There's no way around it. If this really bothers you, don't get a linen suit. If you like linen, then the creasing is part of its charm.

50/50 will crease significantly less in general, although I suppose it depends on the exact fabric.
post #3 of 13
As unbelragazzo said, 50/50 will crease less. I would add that if the Sartoria Partenopea coat has a bold pattern, that could help visually to mitigate the appearance of the wrinkles. I have a glen plaid 100% linen sportcoat, and, while it doesn't look as smooth as wool, it also doesn't appear nearly as wrinkled as solid linen.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot guys !
post #5 of 13

Unless you're one of those guys who appears to have slept in any suit within an hour of putting it on, I'd choose the 100% linen. As unbelragazzo says, a little creasing is part of the charm...
 

post #6 of 13
A high quality 100% linen is also my choice. I wear my linen suits for a more casual look often with a knit tie. Yes, they show wrinkles, but they also hold their creases well. My suits are comfortable and look great.
post #7 of 13
Linen 100% all the way and choose a heavier weight (11oz or above) on unlined or quarterly lined jacket and you will be set. The key is whether the suit is lined or not. A minimum lining on soft construction is best to maximise the benefit of linen during summer season.

I've one and love it all the way, the linen is beefy enough not too wrinkle/creasing too much plus it is suitable for the tropical and humid climate where I'm living now.
post #8 of 13

Linen is awesome because it creases, it provides different texture and a more casual look. great for a more casual look, embrace the creases!

post #9 of 13
Do you guys tend to leave the sleeves a tad longer (i.e. 1/2") on linen to compensate for wrinkling? I imagine after wearing a linen coat an entire day, the sleeves would ride up a bit.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

again, thank you so much guys, really appreciate all this help!

The Partenopea seller (pro) says the following about the new with tags suit he's selling: "This high end suit is made with a very fine linen treated to be wrinkle free"

 

never heard that linen could be treated...is this even possible?

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by dan'l View Post

Do you guys tend to leave the sleeves a tad longer (i.e. 1/2") on linen to compensate for wrinkling? I imagine after wearing a linen coat an entire day, the sleeves would ride up a bit.
That's what the tailor did on my linen jacket. They were too long at first, but after 2-3 hours they were fine.
post #12 of 13
Like the guys above have said, it depends what you want. I had a 60% linen 40% wool airforce blue in a no name Spanish fabric made in January this year. I love it. Holds its crease, and looks a bit different without being so casual as to limit its use in the same way as 100% linen. But now I'm hankering for a 100% linen suit in a stone or sand colour for those times when I want the truly casual linen look.
post #13 of 13
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again, thank you so much guys, really appreciate all this help!
The Partenopea seller (pro) says the following about the new with tags suit he's selling: "This high end suit is made with a very fine linen treated to be wrinkle free"


never heard that linen could be treated...is this even possible?
I haven't heard of a wrinkle-free linen; however, a high quality linen holds its shape well and doesn't seem to wrinkle as much.
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