Linen shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kent Wang, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. SoCal2NYC

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    The Borrelli shop?

    and BG?
     
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    Thanks, I didn't see them at BG, but will check the Borrelli store.
     
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    Is it just me?

    I have two pure linen shirts, one Luciano Barbera and one Brooks Irish linen. I almost never wear them for the following reason: An hour after I put one on I feel it sagging, bagging, drooping. Two hours, it's like the sleeves and waist area have become sand bags. I unbutton the sleeves, roll them up and the fabric under my biceps then turns into a potato sack.

    It's as if they multiply the force of gravity. A miserable experience, PARTICULARLY on hot summer days.

    Please advise if I am somehow unique in this and if not, is there any solution?
     
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    Kent - looking forward to it! Do you have a price point in mind?
     
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    Is it just me?

    I have two pure linen shirts, one Luciano Barbera and one Brooks Irish linen. I almost never wear them for the following reason: An hour after I put one on I feel it sagging, bagging, drooping. Two hours, it's like the sleeves and waist area have become sand bags. I unbutton the sleeves, roll them up and the fabric under my biceps then turns into a potato sack.

    It's as if they multiply the force of gravity. A miserable experience, PARTICULARLY on hot summer days.

    Please advise if I am somehow unique in this and if not, is there any solution?


    I generally find that linen shirts fit larger than the tagged size, like the designer intended them to be worn untucked, baggy and unbuttoned half-way down--no doubt selling the image of lounging on the beach with a pair of flip-flops and khaki shorts, not a necessarily bad image.

    Sizing down on the linen almost always brings a good fit. But it also depends on the quality of the linen (I'm no linen expert so take this with a big grain of salt): the RL basic linen button downs, for example, are pretty heavy in comparsion to Bamford & Sons pure linen shirts, which are more like a fine cotton/rayon blend.

    I just bought a 60/40 linen/cotton button down and it fits perfectly, is light as air and relatively wrinkly resistant.
     
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    Never liked the cotton/linen mix,

    In my opinon you lose the best qualities of each material in the mix.
     
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    A Y Senior member

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    I like cotton-linens. The ones I have breathe very well, and can be a bit too transparent to the wind. They also have interesting slubbing that adds to their texture, and they're by far the easiest shirts to iron. Wrinkling isn't as bad as a pure linen shirt.

    Here are some pictures of one done in a SIC Tess linen-cotton blend with a spread collar:

    Attachment 2196
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    --Andre
     
  8. Kent Wang

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    I like cotton-linens. The ones I have breathe very well, and can be a bit too transparent to the wind. They also have interesting slubbing that adds to their texture, and they're by far the easiest shirts to iron. Wrinkling isn't as bad as a pure linen shirt. Here are some pictures of one done in a SIC Tess linen-cotton blend with a spread collar: Attachment 2196 Attachment 2197
    Very nice colors.
    Kent - looking forward to it! Do you have a price point in mind?
    $105. Slim fit. Should be ready in two months.
     
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    Kent:

    Any catmere blend shirts planned?
     
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    Very nice colors.


    $105. Slim fit. Should be ready in two months.


    Are you doing any colors?

    I'd really like to get a mint green linen shirt.
     
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    What is the ideal weight for linen/cotton 50/50 for summer wear?
     
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    What is the ideal weight for linen/cotton 50/50 for summer wear?

    So you mean next summer? [​IMG]

    A year of two ago (last summer I'm fairly sure) I picked up some linen/cotton dress shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt, which were done in a 180 thread count (with collar stays), done specifically as dress shirts rather than casual. They were slim-fit (the way CT interprets that term, anyhow) as well, and quite decent. I'd say go for something like that.
     
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    I usually like my linen shirts to be 100% linen. But, I find the Polo blends wear well and look good after many seasons. In the past they have come in many colors.

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    Who was saying what about espadrilles?
     
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