Help please re linen trousers

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  1. Thin White Duke

    Thin White Duke Senior member

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    OK gents I live in a hot climate almost year round so most of my wardrobe leans towards summer-associated items.
    I've acquired several linen jackets and my OCD nature suggests that I should attempt to pair them with linen trousers.

    So I now have a few pairs of the more tailored variety, not the drawstring pajama style you see some people wearing at resorts.

    I understand you have to just embrace the wrinkles, but my problem is that for all my pairs the wrinkling causes them to shorten, so I end the day looking like a schoolboy in last year's strides (high waters they call them here in America). Yesterday was so bad I'm pretty sure I could have qualified as a Suitsupply sales associate. (I'd I'd thrown away my socks!)

    Is there any great solution for wearing tailored linen strides, and if not what's the alternative? I have a couple of pairs which are linen-cotton mix but fair no better. Should I give up and turn to light cotton chinos, or poly cotton sta pressts?
     


  2. circumspice

    circumspice Senior member

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    Have them tailored longer.
     


  3. ScofieldReturns

    ScofieldReturns Senior member

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    linen blazer AND linen pants?! a bit much for me...

    i'd personally go lightweight cotton chinos or cotton blazer linen pants
     


  4. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Linen comes in different weights. Use a heavier one for trousers than for shirts. That should help. If needed, you can also increase the length a bit.

    Why not? People wear linen suits all the time.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


  5. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Linen suits are uncommon in many places, and coordinating linen with linen indeed could appear "OCD."

    Anyway, wrinkling that much when worn suggests there might be a fit issue. On top of the one that (like many people) the pants might be slightly too short when not wrinkled. It sounds like something to discuss with a tailor.
     


  6. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Well, the original post begins "OK gents I live in a hot climate almost year round" so I don't get the relevance of your observation.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


  7. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Okay, but even in, say, Southern California, linen suits (and arguably suits in general) are uncommon. Anyway, this is getting off-topic.
     


  8. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    For my linen coats and pants, NSM makes the trouser legs and jacket sleeves longer to account for the "accordion" affect.

    I don't mind wearing linen suit, shirt and tie combos in the summer.
     


  9. MrTRC

    MrTRC Senior member

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    Make it a touch longer - i'd go as much as half an inch (if not more) longer than your regular pents; especially if lighter weight. A heavier weight linen would help too.
     


  10. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    For good examples of linen suits which are highly regarded on Style Forum (and which appear frequently in the WAYWRN thread) you might start with Suit Supply. Here are a few of what they offer.

    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suit....html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suit....html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suit....html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suit....html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suit....html?cgid=Suits&prefn1=material&prefv1=Linen

    They’re very common whenever the weather is hot, even if it’s only seasonally hot (viz., in a climate like, say, the American northeast).

    Anyway, @Thin White Duke have no fear of combining linen with linen whether as a suit or as an odd jacket/trouser combination. It’s classic.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


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