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80 degrees too hot for a lightweight gray wool suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Monkeyleg, May 5, 2014.

  1. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Member

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    I have a first date this weekend. It's been in the works for several weeks. I've been really wanting to wear a particular suit, a light weight gray wool pinstripe. Temps are supposed to be about 80, which would be fine with me. I'll be picking her up at her place, driving to a nice restaurant for lunch, then returning to her place. Not much outdoor activity at all.

    My only concern is whether a suit would look ridiculous in 80 degree weather. I've worn suits before in such weather, but for weddings, funerals, etc. Nothing where a suit was simply a choice.

    Opinions, anyone?

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
     
  2. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Senior member

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    The Hollywood icons of the 40s and 50s used to wear 12+ oz suits in the dead of summer, and while they probably weren't cool as cucumbers, they looked spectacular doing so.

    So yes, a lightweight grey is fine for 80 degrees.
     
  3. RandomGentleman

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    I agree.

    The only exception is if you're likely to sweat a lot. Looking uncomfortable is not attractive. But if it's a lightweight suit, and you're fine with it, go for it, especially since it's mostly indoors anyway.
    If she thinks it looks ridiculous to dress like a gentleman, maybe think twice about a second date.
     
  4. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    80s is pushing it for a suit if the day's events don't require a suit. But I'm going to change gears:

    Why are you going to wear a suit to a weekend lunch date? You'll come off as a total
    tool.
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    +1
     
  6. RandomGentleman

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    Wait a minute, lunch date? I was not reading closely. I got "date" and assumed evening. Now I won't go so far as to say "total tool," but it's not the best or most practical look for a lunch date. Almost the hottest part of the day, and no occasion for formality.
    I'd go with a lightweight blazer or sportcoat and no tie. At the most. And maybe remove the jacket while eating.
    Save the suit for another day.
     
  7. Monkeyleg

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    Thanks for the replies. I wanted to wear a suit because: 1) I wanted to wear a suit and; 2) she dresses very sharply.

    Considering how she dresses, I didn't think a suit would be out of line. I was more concerned about the combination of a suit and hot weather.

    I should add that we're going to a very upscale restaurant.
     
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  8. Veremund

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    How old are you?
     
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    Veremund Senior member

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    A 63 year old man can wear whatever he damn well pleases. If you want to wear a suit, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
     
  11. archetypal_yuppie

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    I would have guessed 23. At 63, how do you not know the answer to this question already?
     
  12. Monkeyleg

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    Fashion rules change, along with everything else. At 63, it's hard to keep track. I felt it was appropriate, but thought I'd ask those who are more in tune with current fashion. The lady is much younger than me.
     
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    Given the fact that it's an upscale restaurant, she is a sharp dresser herself, and you're old enough to have the sense to know what's appropriate, I'd say go for it. If the heat won't bother you, it shouldn't bother anyone else.

    I do keep changing my mind, here, don't I?
    Anyway, if you want to wear the suit, nothing else matters. Wear the suit.
     
  14. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    Fashion is for kids in their 20s. Grown men need only worry about dressing well. You'll look good in a suit, provided it fits well.
     
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  15. RandomGentleman

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    Exceedingly well-put.
     
  16. Veremund

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    And by the way, welcome to the forum. Where are you located?
     
  17. Svenn

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    A dark dress shirt and dark trousers, collar unbuttoned and sleeves rolled up, is a good hot weather business casual look that comes off very sharp looking in my opinion, if you want a monochromatic, slimming alternative to a suit. Avoid all black though since it can look like a waiter or eastern european assassin.
     
  18. Monkeyleg

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    Well, the eastern European assassin look sounds interesting. ;)
     
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    An alternative, becuase it is lunch, might be a blue blazer or sportcoat with a dress shirt and tie.
     
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