Fancy-colored suit linings

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  1. tricket

    tricket Well-Known Member

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    Fancy-colored suit linings used to be considered as sign of expensive hand-tailoring in the mid 90s and Paul Smith, Timothy Everest and Oswald Boetang are still keen on them. How popular are they nowadays?
     


  2. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I personally love them, but then again I'm 25. It might be a better look for a younger guy -- if you're a 40 year old lawyer dealing with clients, maybe it would be embarrassing to take off you coat and show them a Paul Smith polka dot lining.

    But, I think that the unique lining (1) is a sign that your suitmaker paid attention to detail, and (2) that you also pay attention to detail. I would consider the lining of the jacket as important to the suit's statement as the width of the lapels, or the location of the gorge. There is nothing tacky or flashy about a unique lining IMO, it is just a matter of personal style.
     


  3. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    Crazy suit linings are funny to me. It's like, business on the outside, party on the inside. I definatly wouldn't consider it as important as the lapels though. No one would ever see the lining. The only benefit is that the customer knows it's there. It's like a dirty little secret that you can chuckle to yourself about.

    Did you know that when Alexander McQueen worked on Saville Row he sewed dirty words on the inside of Prince Charles's suits. I think the loud suit linings follow the same principle.
     


  4. Mitch D

    Mitch D Well-Known Member

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    Hmm,like "Camilla,you're a dirty slut" ? [​IMG]
     


  5. Looking to improve

    Looking to improve Senior member

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    Originally posted by Mike C.
    Let me start by mentioning that I too have 'discovered' the charm of a fancy-coloured lining. And yes, it puts a smile on my face. I therefore, wouldn't call it a dirty secret.
    Second, no one would ever see the lining? I disagree: I sometimes need to walk outside. And that leads to my jacket 'flapping' about in the wind. So the observant passerby may notice the lining.
    Another opportunity to notive a fancy-coloured lining is when the jacket, perish the thought, is taken off.

    MtB

    *EDIT* I occasionally like to wear bright coloured socks (yellow, light blue, red) with my (dark) suits. Of course always co-ordinated with another item I'm wearing at the time.
     


  6. DandySF

    DandySF Senior member

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    Trivia: I just read about a man in New York City who has his suit jackets lined with Hermes scarves. At about $300 a pop this must be a costly way of lining a jacket.

    Incidentally, at one point in time some suspenders would feature a naughty sort of printed pattern. This tended to be a private sort of indulgence since jackets were never removed and rarely unbuttoned.
     


  7. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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    I just can't stop thinking of an episode of Seinfeld where George and Jerry meet Elaine's intimidating father at a restaurant.  Jerry has an expensive new suede jacket with pink and white striped lining.  When they leave, it's raining, so Jerry turns his coat inside out to protect the suede, but Elaine's father forces Jerry to put it on "right-side-out" if he wants to walk down the sidewalk with them.  haha   Anyway, to give my opinion... I think colored linings (especially alternating white/bright color stripes) are great.
     


  8. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I believe I read that in an Hermes catalogue. Also there was this Japanese women who had custom Hermes scarves printed with various Pokemon's on them.

    I am a fan of eclectic suit linings.
     


  9. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    I just saw that episode again the other night. This thread was reminding me of that as well. Bradford
     


  10. Chilli padi

    Chilli padi Active Member

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    An idea for you all: if you ever have a suit made in Hong Kong or Shanghai, ask your tailor to use some beautiful cheongsam / qipao printed silk for the lining. Absolutely stunning, but not for the faint-hearted. People too shy to wear pink shirts need not apply.
     


  11. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Senior member

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    I got a suit at WW Chan - chocolate brown, I've described it before. I had them use a bright red paisley lining. They clearly thought I was absolutely nuts, but gracious and accomodating nonetheless.

    One of these days I'll figure out how to post pics and show you guys. Speaking of which, HOW THE &*%$ DO YOU POST PICS?.
     


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    You mean like this? [​IMG]
     


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    One of these days I'll figure out how to post pics and show you guys. Â Speaking of which, HOW THE &*%$ DO YOU POST PICS?.
    You mean like this? [​IMG]
    Double U - Tee - Eff, mate?
     


  14. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Quote One of these days I'll figure out how to post pics and show you guys. Speaking of which, HOW THE &*%$ DO YOU POST PICS?.
    You mean like this? [​IMG]
    Double U - Tee - Eff, mate?[/quote] Oh, come on. If your racoon can't chew on your nose, what can?
     


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    Here's what I was talking about - during the final fitting: [​IMG]
     


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