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Summer Double Breasted Suit: Poll

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Parker, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Parker

    Parker Well-Known Member

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    I want a linen DB suit for summer. What color do you think looks best? I'd like to be able to wear the jacket by itself probably with off-white linen or cotton pants. The W. Bill book has lots of colors, but I was thinking of either mid-blue (it's like a faded navy), tobacco brown or khaki. But, their khakis all look kinda lackluster, too gray-eige for me. And I don't want something too mustard-yellow. Bone color would be nice too, but I already have a cotton suit in that. I also thought of a darker brownish gray like the last image, but I think it's in another book. Scabal I think and it might have other silk blend or something in it. Blue suit is not linen fwiw. Just a reference for DB style (sans ticket pocket). Any other cloth I should consider for a summer suit?

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  2. tim_horton

    tim_horton Well-Known Member

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    I want a linen DB suit for summer. What color do you think looks best? I'd like to be able to wear the jacket by itself probably with off-white linen or cotton pants. The W. Bill book has lots of colors, but I was thinking of either mid-blue (it's like a faded navy), tobacco brown or khaki. But, their khakis all look kinda lackluster, too gray-eige for me. And I don't want something too mustard-yellow. Bone color would be nice too, but I already have a cotton suit in that. I also thought of a darker brownish gray like the last image, but I think it's in another book. Scabal I think and it might have other silk blend or something in it. Blue suit is not linen fwiw. Just a reference for DB style (sans ticket pocket). Any other cloth I should consider for a summer suit?

    I think the fact that you want to wear the jacket with off-white pants makes choice #3 less optimal.

    So I'd go with choice #1. I think all other things being equal, suits look better in blue than brown. Save the brown for next summer...
     
  3. whnay.

    whnay. Well-Known Member

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    tobacco or go home.
     
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    I was thinking of a double-breasted suit in Solaro for summer if I could get that cloth.
    I think that it would be a killer outfit.
     
  5. Manton

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    Too hot; don't do it.

    If I were to do it, would get light, light gray.
     
  6. mafoofan

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    Too hot; don't do it.

    If I were to do it, would get light, light gray.


    This advice needs to be tempered by the fact that you are a hot weather lightweight.
     
  7. TRINI

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    tobacco or go home.

    + 3 patches.
     
  8. Parker

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    Even for San Francisco, where it's rarely above 70 all summer?

    The other option was light gray Fresco or Cripspaire, but then I thought the jacket alone would look weird.
     
  9. Manton

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    This advice needs to be tempered by the fact that you are a hot weather lightweight.

    Linen as a suiting wears less cool that cotton or tropical wool at least on me. Shirting is another matter.

    So DB linen would just not be wearable in a really hot environment.
     
  10. A Y

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    I voted for the lightest color. Had there been an even lighter color (cream?), I'd have voted for that.

    edit: I wear my SB khaki linen-silk suit jacket as an odd jacket during the summer. I like to wear it with white linen-blend jeans as an odd jacket. The jacket is fully lined.

    --Andre
     
  11. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Well-Known Member

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    This one breaks up nicely; I wear the coat with cream gab or white cotton trousers or white jeans and the trousers with an off-white linen SB sport coat.

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  12. IndianBoyz

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    A nice brown-grey/beige. You wouldn't mind lighter jackets in summer.
     
  13. MBreinin

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    Seersucker!!!!

    Ok, I picked the tobacco, because I think that is a great color and I wish I could find something like that. I would also volunteer a lighter than the faded navy, but not quite a sky/baby blue.

    Mike
     
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    I'd opt for a lighter, more saturated shade of blue.
     
  15. Manton

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    Blue DRINKS up the sun. I love my blue linen but in the summer time it's an evening suit, period.
     
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    Anyone know who makes a brown-grey linen similar to the fabric in the above picture? This is exactly what I am looking for in a spring/summer/fall casual sportcoat.

    Also, anyone know who makes a brushed cotton in this color for trousers?
     
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    That tobacco suit is gorgeous. I don't know how practical it would be though. I would go for the blue or a cream color.
     
  18. wmb

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    the blue

    but the tobacco is sweet...
     
  19. MBreinin

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    Blue DRINKS up the sun. I love my blue linen but in the summer time it's an evening suit, period.

    I have worn blue FLANNEL in Biloxi, Mississippi in July. And yes, I went outside in it. Even walked a couple of blocks. In my world, where I go from AC in the house to AC in the car to AC in the office and back again (with an excursion for lunch thrown in), I just don't see the big deal with a darker color in summer. Also, keep in mind that I am New Orleans, which is a 90+ degree 100% humidity sauna in the summer.

    Now, if I am going outside, or will have limited access to AC...well, I am not wearing a suit to begin with. I don't know how they did it in the "old days," I guess lots of booze.

    Mike
     
  20. Manton

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    I just can't do it.
     

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