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Linen sportscoat with peak lapels?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by thinman, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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    I need to add several lightweight jackets to my wardrobe, so I've been thinking about having a linen jacket made. I truly like one-button, peak lapel styling and I'm considering this style in cream or tan linen, with side vents, a ticket pocket, and hacking pockets. Since linen is inherently casual, would this styling be too much of a mongrel to look good? Keep in mind that I would select a fabric with enough texture to avoid its being mistaken for a dinner jacket. Of course, a conservative, consistent styling option would be 2-button jacket with notch lapels, patch and flap hip pockets, and patch breast pocket, but why not be adventurous?

    Also, what other options are available for lightweight jackets, keeping in mind that I'm not a big fan of seersucker (vertical stripes on tall, thin guys don't look great).

    What is the collective wisdom of the forum? I'd like to know your opinions.
     
  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Just my $.02--and that's all it's worth: I like the concept except for hacking pockets. Hacking pockets are a feature borrowed from riding jackets, and a cream colored linen jacket just doesn't seem "on" for galloping around the English countryside. I have hacking pockets on my tweed jacket from Chan, and I will get them on the next tweed jacket I plan to commmission in July. However, I don't like them on lighter fabrics.

    Perhaps the many gentlemen who are more sartorially sophisticated than I may feel differently, but I kind of doubt it.
     
  3. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Senior member

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    I would like to know too, however it seems kind of odd. Does anyone have a finished product for us to look at? [​IMG]
     
  4. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    I'd do patch pockets all around. And, lose the ticket pocket.
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    IMO this is not a good combo.

    Linen is a light fabric. It's supposed to look relaxed. Linen is a good fabric for drape, etc.

    Peaked lapels, by contrast, look very sharp to me. It is a strong look. I do not think linen, a relaxed fabric, goes well with the sharp style of peaked lapels. I think it is much better suited for a nice notched lapel.
     
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    texas_jack Senior member

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    I say notch too. Just have them put up high and it kinda looks like peaks. Also, patch pockets rock.
     
  7. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A single peak linen suit coat, maybe, for spring/early fall. It is still something of an oddity, but not completely off the mark. I would not do a linen SB peak odd jacket, however. Come to think of it, the only odd jacket I would get SB peak is a stroller.
     
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    J'aimelescravates Senior member

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    I see it this way: Peak lapels are more formal. Linen fabric is quite casual. To mix the two would look too forced and just not right. I would do instead a notch lapel two button with patch pockets and no ticket pocket. - JM2C -
     
  9. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    IMO this is not a good combo.

    Linen is a light fabric. It's supposed to look relaxed. Peaked lapels, by contrast, look very sharp to me.

    I have a navy linen DB jacket (PL) that looks very casual with linen shirt and trousers.
     
  10. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Senior member

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    Sorry to hijack but, would a notch lapel, sb, 3 piece be acceptable w/ linen......w/ patch pockets then?
     
  11. Tomasso

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    would a notch lapel, sb, 3 piece be acceptable w/ linen......w/ patch pockets then?
    I have one but I rarely wear the vest, too warm..
     
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    Dragon Senior member

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    If you do it in a modern cut (with narrow lapels) it might look nice. I think I`ve seen Gucci and other do linen jackets with peaks.
     
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    A single peak linen suit coat, maybe, for spring/early fall. It is still something of an oddity, but not completely off the mark. I would not do a linen SB peak odd jacket, however. Come to think of it, the only odd jacket I would get SB peak is a stroller.

    How about a blaZer?
     
  14. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Senior member

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    I have one but I rarely wear the vest, too warm..

    Where is it from? Do you think it looks good? [​IMG]
     
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    mack11211 Senior member

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    I had a black linen job with peaked lapels. This was in the late 90s before I knew more.

    Looked great in the shop window, but I didn't wear it much. Later it was in a closet that a kitty cat used as a jungle gym...end of coat.
     
  16. thinman

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    Wow! Near unanimity of opinion so far! (and it isn't even a black suit thread)

    I wouldn't want to go with a DB linen jacket or a 3-piece suit, since I want something to wear in warm weather. I'd also hate to see it end up as a kitty litter box. I'll probably forego peak lapels and also the hacking pockets, as Jan reminds me of their origin. However, I _am_ tall and thin, so I like horizontal details like ticket pockets. I don't recall ever seeing a ticket pocket combined with patch pockets, so I'm not even sure it can be done. Also, if I go with patch pockets, are patch-and-flap pockets OK with linen?

    Thanks for the great input. It's nice to know I have a dependable check on my crazy ideas right here.
     
  17. Tomasso

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    Where is it from? Do you think it looks good? [​IMG]

    It's from Oxxford. I have several vested suits that I ordered under the influence of 'Chariots of Fire', 'Brideshead Revisited" and various Merchant & Ivory productions. They look great but my body runs a bit warm, so I'm prone to overheating.
     
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    I don't recall ever seeing a ticket pocket combined with patch pockets, so I'm not even sure it can be done. .

    I've seen a patch ticket pocket, quite unique.
     
  19. thinman

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    I've seen a patch ticket pocket, quite unique.

    So I guess the question is, would it look OK on a linen jacket?
     
  20. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't think I've ever seen an actual patch ticket pocket. I have seen it depicted in AA illustrations, however. I have never been able to warm up to it.
     

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