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Suits for the heat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stylishmike, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. stylishmike

    stylishmike Member

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    So I'm going to Cancun in a couple months and I would like to get a suit or 2 to wear while I'm there.

    As of now all I have is 3 dark colored pure wool suits (navy, navy with pinstripe and charcoal). All of my suits came from Suit Supply and I'm very satisfied with them so far. The only problem is, they don't really have anything in the color that I'm looking for.

    I've figured out at least one of the options that I'd like to go with so far- an off white/cream colored suit, most likely pure linen. Something like this one: http://carboncostume.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/scarface.jpg

    Since SF was where I got the advice to check out Suit Supply, I was hoping maybe you guys could point me in the right direction for this as well. My budget is $500-1000 per suit. I've also checked out Brooks Brothers, they didn't have what I was looking for either.
     
  2. sebflynn

    sebflynn Well-Known Member

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    A nice cotton or linen suit, H&M do them cheap, take it to a good tailor and it will look absolutely fine. If you are buying it for a single trip there really isn't much of a reason to spend any real amount of money on it.
     
  3. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Well-Known Member

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    Seersucker!

    (And it'll likely come in way under your budget ceiling, which is a nice bonus.)

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  4. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Seersucker should be fine at night. If you stay near the water, Cancun can get cool at night, even in late March.

    For the daytime, I'd go for linen over seersucker. All else equal, (flax) linen is better for humid heat than cottons like seersucker because linen expels moisture much faster. Cotton retains moisture for a long time. Of course, the weight and the weave of the fabric make a big difference too. I'd recommend a quarter-lined or buggy-lined coat if you can get one. There are some threads on hot-weather suits and fabrics that you can search for/

    Myself, I wear linen guayaberas in the daytime in Cancun, as I like to walk, and it's too hot for me to wear a suit of any kind while walking in the Cancun sun. For guayaberas, Yaxkin at Plaza Caracol in the hotel zone are one of the better makers in the town. They have RTW and MTM guayaberas, and also sell Panama hats.

    While there, if you want to get a taste of the local Yucatan cuisine, I recommend a visit to Los Almendros restaurant downtown, near the bus station. Yucatec cuisine does amazing things with pork. Go between 1 and 4pm, because it's a mid-day place, not an evening place. Prices are far more reasonable than you'll pay at a comparable restaurant in the hotel zone.
     
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  5. starro

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    If you're going the cheap route, just make sure it is uncanvassed and the lining is made of something other than polyester. Unbreathable materials like polyester completely defeats the purpose of linen.
     
  6. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Well, I have both fused and full-canvassed jackets of linen in the same weight. The full-canvassed jacket doesn't seem any hotter than the fused. I also have a linen coat fully lined in polyester: while it's certainly hotter than my quarter-lined linen coat, it's definitely not as hot as my quarter-lined wool coats in the same weight. Linen really is a wonderfully breathable fabric.
     
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  7. sebflynn

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    If i recall correctly it was unlined, so absolutely perfect for warm weather. IF i recall correctly that is.
     
  8. starro

    starro Well-Known Member

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    Do you have a link?
     
  9. sebflynn

    sebflynn Well-Known Member

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    It's was quite a while back will see if they still make it. Will have a look on H&M's site.
    EDIT: DAMN, i am sad for both the op and my wardrobe, they no longer do them, they instead do a absolutely hideous cotton jacket with a ridiculously high button stance and anorexic lapels, what a shame it was such a nice cotton suit as well. :( Maybe they will bring it back for the summer.
     
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  10. sebflynn

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  11. stylishmike

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Strangely enough, suit supply just emailed me with a preorder catalog for their summer line which has both of the colors I want [​IMG]

    They don't come in until the end of February but that should be enough time provided everything comes in on time
     

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