10 suit wardrobe

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  1. rob

    rob Senior member

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    Flannel and fresco are also both more casual suitings than worsted ones. So the weight alone is not the determiner of what is appropriate to the situation, seasonality aside. To have a wardrobe of just flannels and frescos would be too limiting in my book. I think the basic wardrobe stuff Will has pointed out on his blog and more or less echoed by Chris in this thread results in a more well-rounded wardrobe.

    Rob
     
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    Who can confirm if this is true? I don't believe it. I think it matters how it is styled.
     
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    Well, it is certainly true that they are less common today. In most office environments, when men wear suits, they wear smooth, three-season worsted cloth. So, if you want to appear as anonymous as possible, fresco and flannel are probably bad choices.

    But you don't need a forum like this to achieve that goal. Just copy what you see.
     
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    Well, I think historically - and others more knowledgeable are encouraged to correct me - flannels at least were used in more country than urban environments and not as formal. So, if one wants to dress in some sort of relation to how these clothes were worn, then I think casual/formal distinction works.

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    The grey flannel suit is a pretty classic suit for business.
     
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    While having all midweight worsteds may not be the most elegant solution, it's not "idiotic." Ninety percent of suited men likely spend 90 percent of their suited time in climate-controlled environments. And I question whether 11 ounces "looks like fall/winter suiting" -- 13 ounces, sure.

    Neither fresco nor flannel are ideal for April and October in the Mid-Atlantic. And while I really like the surface interest and seasonality of both fabrics, there is something to be said for worsteds for more formal occasions.

    I would get two midweight worsteds, four flannels and four fresco/other summer fabrics. And I'd admit that I've sacrified diversity in weaves, patterns and colors.
     
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    I think that's fair. To be clear--I was being slightly facetious when I suggested only fresco and flannel. The fundamental point is to forget all notions of multi-season wear and skip straight to items that make sense in either cold or hot weather. After all, we are talking about a ten suit wardrobe. If you had to make do with two or three suits, my advice would be very different.
     
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    FWIW, here's my entire collection of suits (including ones I have ordered but haven't yet been delivered, and including RTW). I don't spend that much time in suits, as I wear odd jacket/trousers more often, but I'm wearing suits increasingly often. However I'm not required to for work, hence my suits being more tilted to the casual variety:

    -navy worsted mid-weight
    -light grey/brown sharkskin, i'd guess 10 oz
    -brown tweed, not too heavy though
    -mid grey flannel
    -PoW fresco
    -blue wool PoW , would guess 11-12 oz
    -blue fresco
    -tan linen blend
    -midnight blue silk blend
    -mid-grey small herringbone, i'd guess 11 oz
    -black worsted (bought a long time ago, keep it in the back of my closet now for funerals)

    Likely next one I'll add will be a darker nailhead or birdseye.
     
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    I don't think any normal business person could even tell the difference between a regular worsted and a fresco. I don't think anybody would notice.
     
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    In my experience it depends on the weight and the colour

    I find that no one really notices when I wear my navy fresco, but when I wear my RAF fresco I get a lot of comments. I find that the lighter shade more obviously shows up the dry / open texture of the fresco
     
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    Very true. I have a Scabal plain weave that is like royal blue and it gets a lot of attention at work. Too much perhaps.
     
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    Winter temperatures are inconsistent is the point, not that the cold is disappearing
     
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    There could be 500 year cycles for weather for all we know.
     

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