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Help please re linen trousers

post #1 of 10
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OK gents I live in a hot climate almost year round so most of my wardrobe leans towards summer-associated items.
I've acquired several linen jackets and my OCD nature suggests that I should attempt to pair them with linen trousers.

So I now have a few pairs of the more tailored variety, not the drawstring pajama style you see some people wearing at resorts.

I understand you have to just embrace the wrinkles, but my problem is that for all my pairs the wrinkling causes them to shorten, so I end the day looking like a schoolboy in last year's strides (high waters they call them here in America). Yesterday was so bad I'm pretty sure I could have qualified as a Suitsupply sales associate. (I'd I'd thrown away my socks!)

Is there any great solution for wearing tailored linen strides, and if not what's the alternative? I have a couple of pairs which are linen-cotton mix but fair no better. Should I give up and turn to light cotton chinos, or poly cotton sta pressts?
post #2 of 10
Have them tailored longer.
post #3 of 10

linen blazer AND linen pants?!  a bit much for me...

 

i'd personally go lightweight cotton chinos or cotton blazer linen pants

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post

OK gents I live in a hot climate almost year round so most of my wardrobe leans towards summer-associated items.
I've acquired several linen jackets and my OCD nature suggests that I should attempt to pair them with linen trousers.

So I now have a few pairs of the more tailored variety, not the drawstring pajama style you see some people wearing at resorts.

I understand you have to just embrace the wrinkles, but my problem is that for all my pairs the wrinkling causes them to shorten, so I end the day looking like a schoolboy in last year's strides (high waters they call them here in America). Yesterday was so bad I'm pretty sure I could have qualified as a Suitsupply sales associate. (I'd I'd thrown away my socks!)

Is there any great solution for wearing tailored linen strides, and if not what's the alternative? I have a couple of pairs which are linen-cotton mix but fair no better. Should I give up and turn to light cotton chinos, or poly cotton sta pressts?

 

Linen comes in different weights.  Use a heavier one for trousers than for shirts.  That should help.  If needed, you can also increase the length a bit.

 

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Originally Posted by ScofieldReturns View Post
 

linen blazer AND linen pants?!  a bit much for me...

 

 

Why not?  People wear linen suits all the time.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #5 of 10
Linen suits are uncommon in many places, and coordinating linen with linen indeed could appear "OCD."

Anyway, wrinkling that much when worn suggests there might be a fit issue. On top of the one that (like many people) the pants might be slightly too short when not wrinkled. It sounds like something to discuss with a tailor.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by mensimageconsultant View Post

Linen suits are uncommon in many places, and coordinating linen with linen indeed could appear "OCD."

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Well, the original post begins "OK gents I live in a hot climate almost year round" so I don't get the relevance of your observation.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #7 of 10
Okay, but even in, say, Southern California, linen suits (and arguably suits in general) are uncommon. Anyway, this is getting off-topic.
post #8 of 10
For my linen coats and pants, NSM makes the trouser legs and jacket sleeves longer to account for the "accordion" affect.

I don't mind wearing linen suit, shirt and tie combos in the summer.
post #9 of 10

Make it a touch longer - i'd go as much as half an inch (if not more) longer than your regular pents; especially if lighter weight. A heavier weight linen would help too.

post #10 of 10

For good examples of linen suits which are highly regarded on Style Forum (and which appear frequently in the WAYWRN thread) you might start with Suit Supply.  Here are a few of what they offer.

 

http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suits/hudson-light-brown-check/P4233I.html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen

http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suits/lazio-brown-plain/P4236I.html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen

http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suits/lazio-blue-check/P4232I.html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen

http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suits/havana-green-plain/P4237I.html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen

http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suits/lazio-light-brown-plain/P4228I.html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen

 

They’re very common whenever the weather is hot, even if it’s only seasonally hot (viz., in a climate like, say, the American northeast).

 

Anyway, @Thin White Duke have no fear of combining linen with linen whether as a suit or as an odd jacket/trouser combination.  It’s classic.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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