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I'm considering buying a couple of linen suits, any recs. for a colour, I'm thinking: Navy Blue Cream Sand Brown Black?? Which would you choose? (and why) I want one high quality one, like a Brioni, and one fashion orientated one, does anyone have any suggestions with regard to which brands make them? What type of cut would you go for? And how may button/ vent arrangement etc.?
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Dolce & Gabbana make decent linen suits which are fashion forward, without being outrageous. I don't like black linen, because it shines too much. So I would go for cream coloured suits and maybe dark blue, which is quite nice in linen. A fashion forward suit at the moment would be : narrower lapels & shoulders, one or two buttons and central vent, flat front slim & tappered pants. Luc
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Dolce & Gabbana make decent linen suits which are fashion forward, without being outrageous. I don't like black linen, because it shines too much. So I would go for cream coloured suits and maybe dark blue, which is quite nice in linen. A fashion forward suit at the moment would be : narrower lapels & shoulders, one or two buttons and central vent, flat front slim & tappered pants. Luc
Don't Dolce tend to have wider lapels though?
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(Luc-Emmanuel @ Mar. 25 2005,02:41) Dolce & Gabbana make decent linen suits which are fashion forward, without being outrageous. I don't like black linen, because it shines too much. So I would go for cream coloured suits and maybe dark blue, which is quite nice in linen. A fashion forward suit at the moment would be : narrower lapels & shoulders, one or two buttons and central vent, flat front slim & tappered pants. Luc
Don't Dolce tend to have wider lapels though?
depends on the collections, really. From what I saw at http://www.dolcegabbana.it , it looks like the lapels are pretty narrow to me. Luc
post #5 of 37
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I saw some peak lapelled linen suits there; do you think they are a good idea?
post #6 of 37
I don't know about the peaked lapels, it's a matter of personal preferences. Depends also if you want to wear this suit in a casual work environment or not. Peak lapels definitely look very fashion forward on a suit right now. Luc
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I don't know about the peaked lapels, it's a matter of personal preferences. Depends also if you want to wear this suit in a casual work environment or not. Peak lapels definitely look very fashion forward on a suit right now. Luc
So perhaps if I went for a peak lapel fashion-forward suit (such as a Dolce) in a lighter colour, such as a cream, and a more conservative tailored suit in a darker colour (maybe dark blue) do you think that would be a good idea? Also, do you think it would be better to have the darker one in a 3 button, with dual vent, as that looks more 'buisnessey'
post #8 of 37
I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
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I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
Then you should look into patterned linen shirts, such as stripes, etc. Edit: OOOPPSS.. I thought shirts, not suit. DO NOT under any circumstances buy a multicoloured stiped linen suit.. But a linen suit done is a beautiful dove grey is tasteful and elegant.
post #10 of 37
I have a navy blue with large white chalkstripes and ticket pocket 100% linen suit from Polo that I love. Although it wrinkles just by looking at it.
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Although it wrinkles just by looking at it.
It just has to become part of the look, though it can seem like we have been on a long-haul flight in our suit..
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(Stu @ Mar. 25 2005,13:03) I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
Then you should look into patterned linen shirts, such as stripes, etc. Edit: OOOPPSS.. I thought shirts, not suit.    DO NOT under any circumstances buy a multicoloured stiped linen suit.. But a linen suit done is a beautiful dove grey is tasteful and elegant.
Personaly I think grey is far too dull.
post #13 of 37
I'm with Stu on this one. Some shade of off-white, or tan, or olive would be perfect. There is something not-quite-right-about gray or blue linen, to my mind. If I wanted a gray or blue summer suit, I would get wool fresco, or a wool-mohair blend, or maybe dupioni silk.
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I'm with Stu on this one.  Some shade of off-white, or tan, or olive would be perfect.  There is something not-quite-right-about gray or blue linen, to my mind.  If I wanted a gray or blue summer suit, I would get wool fresco, or a wool-mohair blend, or maybe dupioni silk.
Yes, I agree, on the other hand, in a work environment it can seem a little out of place to be wearing a light coloured suit unless it is very warm. Moreover, as I am based throughout western Europe (Paris, London, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, all rarely warmer than 21C, although I am also in Madrid and Milan quite often, so I suppose a lighter one would be acceptable then) it is mostly cold.
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Originally Posted by Stu,Mar. 25 2005,13:03
I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
Then you should look into patterned linen shirts, such as stripes, etc. Edit: OOOPPSS.. I thought shirts, not suit.    DO NOT under any circumstances buy a multicoloured stiped linen suit.. But a linen suit done is a beautiful dove grey is tasteful and elegant.
Personaly I think grey is far too dull.
Dove grey dull??? It is a beautiful colour.
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