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The Linen Non-Navy BlazerSuit

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I've seen a couple of threads on possible BlazerSuit variations but haven't seen much discussion on creating a BlazerSuit in a non-navy linen. A linen suit seems so inherently casual to me that patch pockets would work very well on it, not to mention that I think unlined or quarter lined jackets are best with patch pockets. A tan linen suit seems to be the sort of thing that would never be worn when one is trying to look conservative and a tan linen odd jacket could be a useful summer staple. I imagine I would wear the odd jacket more than the full suit, but that's probably okay since trousers tend to wear out faster. I may also try this with a couple of other summery colors since it seems more practical to have BlazerSuits made rather than bothering to get both linen suits and odd jackets made.

Has anyone done this or something similar? If so, did you find it to work well?
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I have a LL RAF blue linen DB with patch pockets that I can use as a BlazerSuit. I've been mostly wearing it as a suit though.

This is the inspiration



Shade of blue is more gray. I did it as a 6x2 (but collar is rolled to 6x1). Barchetta breast pocket instead of the patch breast.
Edited by poorsod - 7/20/13 at 2:40pm
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I find tan sportcoats difficult to pair up. I have a corduroy one (bought it recently, so I haven't worn it yet), and I can't picture it with much besides jeans. Maybe navy chinos. Now, the big problem there is that cord-on-cord is a no-go for me, as is tan-on-tan (maybe a dark tan coat with really light tan trousers). A linen jacket with linen trousers? That I could do, but even then, tan-on-tan doesn't fly. Tan over navy is so obviously inferior to navy over tan that it would bug me, and even tan over gray falls into that tougher area of wearing a jacket lighter than your trou.

 

Brown linen, that I could get behind as an odd jacket. It's darker than most of the odd trousers you'd wear it with. The problem with a dark brown suit would be shoes, though. Maybe a light-ish brown (like a tobacco color) would strike a balance between the two.

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I find tan sportcoats difficult to pair up. I have a corduroy one (bought it recently, so I haven't worn it yet), and I can't picture it with much besides jeans. Maybe navy chinos. Now, the big problem there is that cord-on-cord is a no-go for me, as is tan-on-tan (maybe a dark tan coat with really light tan trousers). A linen jacket with linen trousers? That I could do, but even then, tan-on-tan doesn't fly. Tan over navy is so obviously inferior to navy over tan that it would bug me, and even tan over gray falls into that tougher area of wearing a jacket lighter than your trou.

Brown linen, that I could get behind as an odd jacket. It's darker than most of the odd trousers you'd wear it with. The problem with a dark brown suit would be shoes, though. Maybe a light-ish brown (like a tobacco color) would strike a balance between the two.

Interesting points. I'm thinking the tan linen jacket would be worn with cream or white linen and/or cotton linen blend trousers and possibly with some light grey fresco or tropical wool trousers. I agree with you on tan over navy vs. navy over tan. I generally prefer lighter colors during the summer. I suppose the only thing that changes with a tan linen BlazerSuit would be the color of the buttons (would do smoked MOP for a BlazerSuit) since I'd do patch pockets anyway and if I went the full linen suit route it would probably be tan. I'm thinking that linen is more amenable to a BlazerSuit than other fabrics and that having the option to occasionally wear the thing as an odd jacket could be nice.
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I had a couple of linen suits made up for this season, and they've worked out very well during this season. One is sort of taupe and the other is sort of a purplish-blue, both quarter-lined with patch pockets. They've gotten lots of wear, even on my travels abroad. I dress them both up and down with and without a tie, and on occasion the jackets have been worn with odd linen pants. I've gotten my money's worth out them both.
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