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Linen in winter

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by seanandnik, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. seanandnik

    seanandnik Senior member

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    I am new to the site and don't know if this has been covered and am not yet familiar with the search functions, so I'll just post and hope for the best. What are the rules on wearing linen in the winter ? I think pants might be a no no, but i was thinking of a linen sweater layer over a t-shirt maybe under a casual sport coat ? also i have an all linen sport coat, but it looks cottonish, can i wear this in winter ?
     
  2. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    Nope... after Labor Day, trade up that Linen for some cashmere.
     
  3. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    If you have winter where you are, then it would probably be out of place. However if your 'winter' only gets down to 60 degrees at night (bastard.) then I wouldn't find fault with it.
     
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    FIHTies Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    http://www.styleforum.net/cgi-bin....bor+day PS...Dont feel bad... I been here for about 6 months and I haveny the foggiest as to hopw to work the search either. [​IMG] JJF
     
  5. stache

    stache Senior member

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    There are some extremely heavy weight linens that might look interesting in the cooler months.
     
  6. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Stache,

    I have a heavyweight, thick sweater made from a 50/50 blend of linen and cotton that I've been wearing this fall and still think looks appropriate. It's in that natural beige, raw linen color. I wear it with a dress shirt underneath.

    However, thin linen sweaters, and linen shirts, should probably be reserved for spring/summer. Especially in whites, light creams, and bright colors.

    -VM
     
  7. Rocker

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    That whole memorial day/labor day things is a bunch of bunk. It's like the rule to not wear a striped tie with a striped shirt - it's a simple rule for the mindless to follow so they can feel comfortable in being "correct". First off, what is the rule in England, Canada, Australia, France - where they don't have a memorial or labor day (at least, not when we have ours)? So, this is a U.S. specific rule - well, what yahoo made it up? Also, memorial day used to be all over the calendar, particularly in the South where each state had a different day that ranged from April to June - so that's a pretty fuzzy rule. It wasn't codified as a national holiday until 1971 and labor day was in 1894. It's a stupid rule that never applied in the past and was set down for middle class people to know when they could ape the upper classes. I argue, that to the extent there is a rule (and it does/should depend on climate), whites, linens, etc. can be worn after Easter and until the end of August.
     
  8. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Senior member

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    I understand your point, but you're trading two arbitrary dates for two other arbitrary dates. Why do you think memorial day - labor day is stupid while Easter - August 31st is acceptable?

    While I agree that weather/climate should dictate, I think people often jump the gun, especially in spring. 68 degrees is not linen weather people.
     
  9. Rocker

    Rocker Well-Known Member

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    Well, becasue Easter is a generally recognized date in Europe (except for Greek Orthodox areas), N. America, S.America,Australia, etc. and has traditionally marked the beginning of Spring since pagan times and is a culural reference point, not a mere national reference point - granted, August is somewhat arbitrary but I think of Summer as over at the end of August.
     

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