Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.
This is partially true. But you have some technical phrases confused.
Worsted is a type of wool thread. Woolen is another type.
There are both worsted and woolen flannels. Worsted flannels will actually last longer than woolen flannels. I only knew this distinction a few months ago: http://putthison.com/post/23674835650/worsted-vs-woolen-flannels-i-love-wool-flannel
Also, there are many tightly woven non-flannel worsted sutings. (Often plain weave or twill) These will last longer than any flannel (worsted or woolen)
^ I was shorthanding. On the assumption that the flannel used in the suit is a woolen, I focused on what seemed like the important distinction: woolen flannel v. worsted wool suiting. I don't disagree with you at all and appreciate you expanding on the issue for the benefit of the thread!
My MO from now on for B&T is to get one every trip. I'll send the fabric ahead, show up at the beginning of my trip for a basted fitting. Pop in before going for a forward fitting. Have them ship it when they are done.
Any Despos to mix things up?
Operative word for noodles would be non-flannel vs flannel
I think the takeaway for Noodles is that the following durability/shine-prone scale exists, but a flannel suit of any kind is worth getting, especially that Formosa:
worsted non-flannel suiting > worsted flannel > woolen flannel
How are you defining durability? I guess what I am asking is ...
Let's say a person wears each type of fabric once per week to a normal desk job and we assume that this person does all the correct things to take care of their garments - are you able to quantify just how fast some break down versus others?
Durability = tendency to shine
Worsted is better at avoiding this state than woolen. In this sense, a pair of worsted pants will last longer than woolen flannels if you're constantly moving around
@jerrybrowne hasn't this been your experience?
Sorry, let me rephrase ... that part I knew.
What I am trying to ask is when the shine would set in (approximation of course) for the various types of fabrics, using a once per week wearing as the measuring stick since that's pretty easy to work with.
e.g. you'd get a good year from fabric A but more like only 8 months for fabric B, etc. etc.
Not sure, maybe we should start a series called iGent Mythbusters?
Who wants to send me some worsted and woolen flannel pants to scientifically test? Edmorel? Chorse? GDL? Kent Wang?
TM79 will need a few pairs too.
Sounds great! I want to do that. How often do you plan on that being?
I think it is about twice the price.
As far as durability goes, it's something I'm always very nervous of, and therefore I try not to wear any suit more than a few times a month.
It's not just the shining problem: I've ripped the seam of the seat in two pairs of flannel trousers because the fabric was worn out. Those were not old...
When do you go?
Sounds like we can have a reunion in Seoul!
Now you got me all worried!
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