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Linen Suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jmswentworth, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. jmswentworth

    jmswentworth Senior member

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    I'm considering buying a couple of linen suits, any recs. for a colour, I'm thinking:

    Navy Blue
    Cream
    Sand
    Brown
    Black??


    Which would you choose? (and why)

    I want one high quality one, like a Brioni, and one fashion orientated one, does anyone have any suggestions with regard to which brands make them?

    What type of cut would you go for? And how may button/ vent arrangement etc.?
     
  2. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Dolce & Gabbana make decent linen suits which are fashion forward, without being outrageous.

    I don't like black linen, because it shines too much. So I would go for cream coloured suits and maybe dark blue, which is quite nice in linen.

    A fashion forward suit at the moment would be : narrower lapels & shoulders, one or two buttons and central vent, flat front slim & tappered pants.

    Luc
     
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    Don't Dolce tend to have wider lapels though?
     
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    (Luc-Emmanuel @ Mar. 25 2005,02:41) Dolce & Gabbana make decent linen suits which are fashion forward, without being outrageous. I don't like black linen, because it shines too much. So I would go for cream coloured suits and maybe dark blue, which is quite nice in linen. A fashion forward suit at the moment would be : narrower lapels & shoulders, one or two buttons and central vent, flat front slim & tappered pants. Luc
    Don't Dolce tend to have wider lapels though?
    depends on the collections, really. From what I saw at http://www.dolcegabbana.it , it looks like the lapels are pretty narrow to me. Luc
     
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    I saw some peak lapelled linen suits there; do you think they are a good idea?
     
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    I don't know about the peaked lapels, it's a matter of personal preferences. Depends also if you want to wear this suit in a casual work environment or not. Peak lapels definitely look very fashion forward on a suit right now.

    Luc
     
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    So perhaps if I went for a peak lapel fashion-forward suit (such as a Dolce) in a lighter colour, such as a cream, and a more conservative tailored suit in a darker colour (maybe dark blue) do you think that would be a good idea? Also, do you think it would be better to have the darker one in a 3 button, with dual vent, as that looks more 'buisnessey'
     
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    I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
     
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    Then you should look into patterned linen shirts, such as stripes, etc. Edit: OOOPPSS.. I thought shirts, not suit. [​IMG] DO NOT under any circumstances buy a multicoloured stiped linen suit.. But a linen suit done is a beautiful dove grey is tasteful and elegant.
     
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    I have a navy blue with large white chalkstripes and ticket pocket 100% linen suit from Polo that I love.

    Although it wrinkles just by looking at it.
     
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    It just has to become part of the look, though it can seem like we have been on a long-haul flight in our suit..
     
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    (Stu @ Mar. 25 2005,13:03) I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
    Then you should look into patterned linen shirts, such as stripes, etc. Edit: OOOPPSS.. I thought shirts, not suit. Â [​IMG] Â DO NOT under any circumstances buy a multicoloured stiped linen suit.. But a linen suit done is a beautiful dove grey is tasteful and elegant.
    Personaly I think grey is far too dull.
     
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    I'm with Stu on this one. Some shade of off-white, or tan, or olive would be perfect. There is something not-quite-right-about gray or blue linen, to my mind. If I wanted a gray or blue summer suit, I would get wool fresco, or a wool-mohair blend, or maybe dupioni silk.
     
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    Yes, I agree, on the other hand, in a work environment it can seem a little out of place to be wearing a light coloured suit unless it is very warm. Moreover, as I am based throughout western Europe (Paris, London, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, all rarely warmer than 21C, although I am also in Madrid and Milan quite often, so I suppose a lighter one would be acceptable then) it is mostly cold.
     
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    (T4phage @ Mar. 25 2005,05:01)
    I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
    Then you should look into patterned linen shirts, such as stripes, etc. Edit: OOOPPSS.. I thought shirts, not suit. Â [​IMG] Â DO NOT under any circumstances buy a multicoloured stiped linen suit.. But a linen suit done is a beautiful dove grey is tasteful and elegant.
    Personaly I think grey is far too dull.
    Dove grey dull??? It is a beautiful colour.
     
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    (jmswentworth @ Mar. 25 2005,14:16)
    I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
    Then you should look into patterned linen shirts, such as stripes, etc. Edit: OOOPPSS.. I thought shirts, not suit. Â [​IMG] Â DO NOT under any circumstances buy a multicoloured stiped linen suit.. But a linen suit done is a beautiful dove grey is tasteful and elegant.

    Personaly I think grey is far too dull.
    Dove grey dull??? It is a beautiful colour.
    Can you give an example of the exact tone of the colour.
     
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    I agree that too formal is not quite right for linen, but I am thinking about a lighter-than-navy blue. Something like 201010 or 201203 in the following book: http://www.theexecutivescloset.com/fabrics....ens.htm Has some of the character of the blue used in trad poplin.
     
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    That's a nice blue for linen; I like it.
     
  19. T4phage

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    Originally Posted by T4phage,Mar. 25 2005,06:16
    I personally would only buy a linen suit in either a beige/oatmeal color or a tan. I would never buy one in navy, and God forbid never, never in black. Linen is a summer cloth, so it should be in light summer colors.
    Then you should look into patterned linen shirts, such as stripes, etc. Edit: OOOPPSS.. I thought shirts, not suit. Â [​IMG] Â DO NOT under any circumstances buy a multicoloured stiped linen suit.. But a linen suit done is a beautiful dove grey is tasteful and elegant.

    Personaly I think grey is far too dull.

    Dove grey dull??? It is a beautiful colour.

    Can you give an example of the exact tone of the colour.
    Look at a pigeon, the chest coloration... that is what I mean by "dove" grey. Edited for spelling error.
     
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    yes, by "dark blue", I meant something like 201010. Not navy... Luc
     

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