Originally Posted by robin
It could potentially work nicely and I can picture where you're going with it, but I think you'd have to have a dandy attitude to pull it off well.
Right. But if you had that attitude, you'd hardly be asking. About shawl lapels on sports jackets. If you're (generically speaking) the type of person who wants to put them on, youll put them on. If not, i dont see why you would wear something youre not sure of. I have not seen a tweed with shawl lapels. I have seen them with peak lapels which was interesting. My problem isnt necessarily with any particular style of lapels so much as it is for the future of tweed in America. I dont know about Plano, Texas but in NYC and the surrounding suburbs, I havent a lot of opportunities to wear the single donegal tweed suit I own. It's a beautiful suit but every time i could wear it, I am going somewhere with excellent heating or a crowd that will be wearing a cashmere sports jacket. Also, Im usually being social not lurking in the shadows and tweed isnt condusive to animation or to having somone slip their arm around you; again cashmere is better for that. On weekends when it's chilly enough, I either wear a sweater and a pea coat, some other kind of coat or again a cashmere sports coat. Tweed is more meant for the English or European definition of country than an American one. In England, every area they call a town, we might call a city and it never gets hot there. Dont get me wrong, I like tweed, it just doesnt fit in with my life. I have seen guys dressed in tweed to the nines in NYC and, err, well, good for them. Same for the tan gabardine suit. Im giving mine away. It's hot, it's color on that fabric is terrible for NYC That goes for any tan wool suit. i would rather have a tan cotton poplin or linen suit.