Originally Posted by tcbrgs
Something that's good to experiment with is structure of coat, I have come to conclusion for myself that business demands a formal elegant suit for sure, definitely structured, but I literally don't leave the house without a jacket. The greatest realization I had in the last few years was unstructured jackets, to get them clean they need fit perfect, as no canvas or rigidity to hide the flaws. They can fit like a second skin if done right and be a lot more comfortable for a lot of occasions that don't demand such a formal structure. This is the one thing I give credit for the Italians for championing. I see you experiment with a paddock coat etc, perhaps try your hand at an unstructed one
I definitely prefer the soft tailored effect with minimal structure. I had a jacket made by NSM which I like very much in the Summer although I rarely wear jackets in hot weather anyway. I usually just stick with linen trousers and a seersucker or linen shirt.
This recent barleycorn jacket is made with very minimal padding and a light canvas. Hardly anything there. Less so than even my Steeds. I would say Steed has a touch of structure, but just enough to make it drape properly in the right places. Don't think I'd need anything much lighter than these especially since some of the photos I've seen of guys in things with no canvas at all make the garment appear a bit flimsy. I also don't have a tailor now who would want to do it and I would not want to push the ones I know to do so. Plus that would really be for a Summer jacket anyway of which I hardly wear them anyway as mentioned.
Don't think I haven't thought all this through. :^)