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Cotton suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MilanoStyle, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Distinguished Member

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    My best summer suit is an emergency purchase I made in a small shop in Venice - it's called Mauro Krieger (never heard of the brand, before or since), and it's a 52% linen, 40% wool and 8% cashmere mix, according to the label. 3SB, patch side and breast pockets, cuffs and a narrow herringbone weave.

    Judging from the amount of abuse the suit's taken (weddings, garden parties, just parties, wearing the jacket with jeans in summer), it's kept up impressively well.
     


  2. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Distinguished Member

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    Please do not hijack the thread.

    Um, sorry, - to get back on topic, I had a khaki cooton suit once, it was OTR and far from top quality - I have to say, though, that it could take some abuse. The drawback was that cotton looks rumpled in about 20 minutes, and not in the stylish way linen creases.

    I'd rather get a lightweight linen/wool mix.
     


  3. Stu

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    plus, wool drapes a lot better. I can't stand cotton pants because they just don't drape like wool.


    But isn't that the whole point of a cotton suit? I mean a tan cotton suit is like apples and oranges from a wool suit. To me it screams: It's summer, it's hot, I have the balls and the knowledge to pull this off.

    Tan cotton suits evoke for me images of rum collinses and palm trees. Wool doesn't do that for me.

    I guess my point is they are great, but for very limited situations.
     


  4. Martinis at 8

    Martinis at 8 Senior Member

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    If you do not have a lot of discretionary income, I would stick with tropical worsted wool.

    M8
     


  5. darkoak

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    Please do not hijack the thread.

    Sorry Milano. Back to your question, if I were you I'd just get cotton suits from a middle of the road maker. It's possible to get a decent one for less than $500. Heck if you're not sure about cotton suits at all you could spend $129 at Syms for a decent Haspel cotton suit, wear it for one season, and if you like the look and feel of cotton you can upgrade next year.
     


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    Funny this came up, I am planning on wearing my new cotton suit for the first time tomorrow. I don't consider it a full-on summer suit, I agree with previous posters that the cotton is deceptively warm.

    As the suit is cotton, the temptation is to throw it in the machine on delicate and iron it. No good? I steamed mine last night, but it worked about as well as steaming cotton shirts; which is to say not well at all. It gets the wrinkles out, but still looks unfinished.
     


  7. MilanoStyle

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    Thanks for all of your replies.

    I may check out local shop and see if they have 60% cotton and 40% other (combination of linen, silk, and/or wool) type of fabric.
     


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    As the suit is cotton, the temptation is to throw it in the machine on delicate


    Don't do that.
     


  9. Martinis at 8

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    Don't do that.

    Yes, please don't do that! [​IMG]
     


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    Milano, you're in Toronto, don't they have a Holt Renfrew outlet there? I got a tan cotton sateen suit from Zegna's top line (can't remember which one now) for like $300 CAD from their Winnipeg outlet. Love the look of it, and it has held up surprisingly well for a cotton suit.
     


  11. pkincy

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    I was about to add that the Zegna 06 S/S line has a beautiful cotton tan suit with very interesting styling. About $1600, I recall. I also recall that it had about 10-20% silk with the cotton.

    Perry
     


  12. acidboy

    acidboy Stylish Dinosaur

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    is there such a thing as a cotton odd jacket or sportsjacket?
     


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    tiger02 Militarist

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    Would the (ideal) fit on a cotton suit be more relaxed than the average business suit? Or should it still be cut trim?

    Tom
     


  15. Luc-Emmanuel

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    is there such a thing as a cotton odd jacket or sportsjacket?
    Of course. I have two of them : one tan and one blue. In fact, I'm wearing the blue one today with white linen flat front pants and a liberty light blue toned shirt.
    I find they are more suited to spring season than summer.

    !luc
     


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