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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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    (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.
     


  2. Concordia

    Concordia Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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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.
     


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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.
     


  5. Luc-Emmanuel

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    yes, by "dark blue", I meant something like 201010. Not navy... Luc
     


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    I see.
     


  7. Giona Granata

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    Perfect colors for Linen are off-white, tan, and blue. These are the classics. The navy blue linen is classic, and it is beatiful as it is a tiny bit lighter than on other fabric types, and will shade beatifully over times.

    Giona.
     


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    And do not buy a Linen fabric that is not less than 400/440gr.
     


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    what is wrong with a striped linen suit? I don't have a striped suit but I do have a few pair of striped linen pants and have ordered and am waiting for a beige with cream stripes linen sportcoat for summer wear. I really like a pair of lightweight linen pants with a flat front and a drawstring waist. rolled up with a pair of leather sandals and a lightweight linen casual shirt, this is a classic beach nightlife wear.
     


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    Well, I do have a black linen suit... I like black suits they look sharp to go for a night out, I see them as a dressed down formal attire [​IMG] , So I have one fashion slim Italian 2 btn, flat front low rise in "natural elastic" wool, to go dancing, two 3 btn, one wool 100's for standard use one 120's for special ocassions, one shawl lapel tuxedo wool 100's/mohair and this 2 button linen suit...

    Obviously I never wear them in the day.... for the day I have the off-white (201000) linen suit
     


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    I'd go for white or off-white, in a double-breasted 6x2, but that's probably not fashion-forward enough for you.
     


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    what is wrong with a striped linen suit? I don't have a striped suit but I do have a few pair of striped linen pants and have ordered and am waiting for a beige with cream stripes linen sportcoat for summer wear. I really like a pair of lightweight linen pants with a flat front and a drawstring waist. rolled up with a pair of leather sandals and a lightweight linen casual shirt, this is a classic beach nightlife wear.


    I have a brownish striped linen suit that I'm quite fond of. It's unusual, but it gets a lot of compliments.
     


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    Perfect colors for Linen are off-white, tan, and blue. These are the classics. The navy blue linen is classic, and it is beatiful as it is a tiny bit lighter than on other fabric types, and will shade beatifully over times.

    I think the off white or cream shade is a bit impractical for our modern, city living. For an odd jacket, cream or even white is great. A navy linen suit in that slightly brighter shade is indeed a classic. You can always pair the jacket with white linen pants. One note about navy or dark linen, it does bleed color, especially where one tends to perspire most. I think the khaki or medium brown or toast color is more versatile.
     


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    I would do light blue or green in linen. Are you trying to get a year around suit in linen by getting a dark linen color?
     


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    I would do light blue or green in linen. Are you trying to get a year around suit in linen by getting a dark linen color?


    I don't think linen is really appropriate outside of summer time, regardless of the color. Here's a (cameraphone) pic of my brown linen suit.

    [​IMG]
     


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