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Linen Suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jmswentworth, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. jmswentworth

    jmswentworth Well-Known Member

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    I see.
     
  2. Giona Granata

    Giona Granata Well-Known Member

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    Perfect colors for Linen are off-white, tan, and blue. These are the classics. The navy blue linen is classic, and it is beatiful as it is a tiny bit lighter than on other fabric types, and will shade beatifully over times.

    Giona.
     
  3. Giona Granata

    Giona Granata Well-Known Member

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    And do not buy a Linen fabric that is not less than 400/440gr.
     
  4. seanandnik

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    what is wrong with a striped linen suit? I don't have a striped suit but I do have a few pair of striped linen pants and have ordered and am waiting for a beige with cream stripes linen sportcoat for summer wear. I really like a pair of lightweight linen pants with a flat front and a drawstring waist. rolled up with a pair of leather sandals and a lightweight linen casual shirt, this is a classic beach nightlife wear.
     
  5. lakewolf

    lakewolf Well-Known Member

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    Well, I do have a black linen suit... I like black suits they look sharp to go for a night out, I see them as a dressed down formal attire [​IMG] , So I have one fashion slim Italian 2 btn, flat front low rise in "natural elastic" wool, to go dancing, two 3 btn, one wool 100's for standard use one 120's for special ocassions, one shawl lapel tuxedo wool 100's/mohair and this 2 button linen suit...

    Obviously I never wear them in the day.... for the day I have the off-white (201000) linen suit
     
  6. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    I'd go for white or off-white, in a double-breasted 6x2, but that's probably not fashion-forward enough for you.
     
  7. grimslade

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    what is wrong with a striped linen suit? I don't have a striped suit but I do have a few pair of striped linen pants and have ordered and am waiting for a beige with cream stripes linen sportcoat for summer wear. I really like a pair of lightweight linen pants with a flat front and a drawstring waist. rolled up with a pair of leather sandals and a lightweight linen casual shirt, this is a classic beach nightlife wear.


    I have a brownish striped linen suit that I'm quite fond of. It's unusual, but it gets a lot of compliments.
     
  8. Film Noir Buff

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    Perfect colors for Linen are off-white, tan, and blue. These are the classics. The navy blue linen is classic, and it is beatiful as it is a tiny bit lighter than on other fabric types, and will shade beatifully over times.

    I think the off white or cream shade is a bit impractical for our modern, city living. For an odd jacket, cream or even white is great. A navy linen suit in that slightly brighter shade is indeed a classic. You can always pair the jacket with white linen pants. One note about navy or dark linen, it does bleed color, especially where one tends to perspire most. I think the khaki or medium brown or toast color is more versatile.
     
  9. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    I would do light blue or green in linen. Are you trying to get a year around suit in linen by getting a dark linen color?
     
  10. grimslade

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    I would do light blue or green in linen. Are you trying to get a year around suit in linen by getting a dark linen color?


    I don't think linen is really appropriate outside of summer time, regardless of the color. Here's a (cameraphone) pic of my brown linen suit.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Well-Known Member

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    I would do light blue or green in linen. Are you trying to get a year around suit in linen by getting a dark linen color?


    I believe linen softens up navy and makes it an interesting summer choice. It is a dark color that is still easy on the eye and casual with its wrinkles. For that reason, it goes well with white suede shoes or spectators. And if you work in an ultra stuffy environment, it is a way to wear it to the office without being thought too much of a sartorial maverick. There is also the question of showing dirt and dry cleaning etc...

    I would get both a dark tan and a navy suit in linen. Maybe a cream odd jacket, white linen pants (maybe pale yellow for resort wear) and black linen pants (very hip), hell maybe an olive drab green pair of pants and a medium to dark grey pair of pants to go with the odd jacket.


    For patterns I would probably want in a blend with silk and/or cashmere or mohair. Here a medium blue suit would have the requisite texture and color marbling to provide interest.
     
  12. rnoldh

    rnoldh Well-Known Member

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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.

    Yes, I agree. Linen is wonderful in warmer weather and quite stylish. I could't imagine Linen in the Winter. But, I guess in some very warm areas, Linen could be worn from about April to October.

    I sure wouldn't go with Black and I don't think Navy would be a much better choice. Stick to Summer colors.
     
  13. Will

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    Cream, sand and blue are the classic colors.

    I'm currently tempted by the blue, but no sense ordering one before next February. Time for Fall clothes now.
     
  14. seanandnik

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    I see I also replied a year and a half ago, but right now on Ebay there are some great linen suits from Brioni, I think worlds finest has them, but I am not sure. The creme striped linen jacket I was waiting for in my last post didn't come out quite as nice as I wanted and I have yet to wear it, but I did get a great creme 100% linen 2 button, flat front, 1/4 lined, minimal shoulder padding suit from Polo blue label, the older one with the made in Italy label. I have gotten more compliments on that suit paired with a purple label light blue/white pinstriped shirt, linen and creme calf skin cole haan spectators and a gold,blue and orange linen tie.
     
  15. lakewolf

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    I know the summer is over, but I got a beautiful blue linen suit discounted from $849 down to $179...

    And as the sun is shining and is warm this week I'd wear it !
     
  16. Aus_MD

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    It is the start of a very warm spring, here. Cloth is linen/mohair with a small percentage of silk in petrol blue from Scabal. This suit is considerably less susceptible to wrinkling than the suits I have in Harrison's mersolair.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. lakewolf

    lakewolf Well-Known Member

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    It is the start of a very warm spring, here. Cloth is linen/mohair with a small percentage of silk in petrol blue from Scabal. This suit is considerably less susceptible to wrinkling than the suits I have in Harrison's mersolair.

    [​IMG]


    Nice !!!! I like the flower detail...

    I must get a job to work on the south from September to March !
     

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