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Navy suit: solid or nailhead?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by minimal, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    That is a birdseye.

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    Here are a selection of nailheads. Closeup of one below.

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    I prefer the latter.



    Quite right Whoopee, thanks. I have to admit i like both. Interestingly the only thing Im not a huge fan of are thin pinstripes and windowpanes where the box pattern is too tight.
     
  2. itsstillmatt

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    Quite right Whoopee, thanks. I have to admit i like both. Interestingly the only thing Im not a huge fan of are thin pinstripes and windowpanes where the box pattern is too tight.
    Hate the latter, love the former, No idea why.
     
  3. minimal

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    Thanks everyone. You guys are great. Enough data has been gathered, I'm calculating the firing solution and will return (hopefully in short order) with the results.
     
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    That's very smartly put. I wish id said that.
    I'm flattered
     
  5. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    One thing: Solid navy is not just useful for job interviews (for which, in any case, I prefer charcoal). It's also nice for "formal" occasions that are not "officially" formal. Being in wedding parties in which there is no requirement to rent all the same clothes ... spiffy dinner parties that are not black tie ... baptisms ... things of this nature. A true nut-job obsessive would feel a bit awkward in nailhead for those occasions. If you are perfectly sane, then more power to you.
     
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    Solid navy. More versatile. But between nailhead and birdseye, I like the birdseye very much.
     
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    For blue shades, solid can be boring and too commonplace. Nailhead with its surface texture is much richer. Try hopsack for surface texture but solid look.
     
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    One thing: Solid navy is not just useful for job interviews (for which, in any case, I prefer charcoal). It's also nice for "formal" occasions that are not "officially" formal. Being in wedding parties in which there is no requirement to rent all the same clothes ... spiffy dinner parties that are not black tie ... baptisms ... things of this nature. A true nut-job obsessive would feel a bit awkward in nailhead for those occasions. If you are perfectly sane, then more power to you.

    Sanity is overrated anyway...fuck it.
     
  9. Tomasso

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    I like birdseye for Winter and nailhead for Summer, such is the method to my madness.[​IMG]
     
  10. Film Noir Buff

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    I like birdseye for Winter and nailhead for Summer, such is the method to my madness.[​IMG]


    It's actually not that crazy. You rarely see a birdseye above a 10oz cloth and you see a lot more nailhead fabrics in the lighter weights.
     
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    For blue shades, solid can be boring and too commonplace. Nailhead with its surface texture is much richer. Try hopsack for surface texture but solid look.

    hop sack is nice choice and 1 to be considered i guest the overall question is what is the purpose of this suit you have in mind, if it is a all purpose suit then maybe the plain would be the safest bet but if you just want to and this color to you colection the i would go with a textured fabric!
     
  12. Vintage Gent

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    This, my friends, is a very dangerous thread. My only navy suit (vintage) is reaching the end of its useful life, and a new navy is my next proposed commission from Chan. Devil on my shoulder says go with the birdseye (which I much prefer to nailhead). The more practical voice says to opt for the plain navy, "dull null" that it may be. [​IMG]
     
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    This, my friends, is a very dangerous thread. My only navy suit (vintage) is reaching the end of its useful life, and a new navy is my next proposed commission from Chan. Devil on my shoulder says go with the birdseye (which I much prefer to nailhead). The more practical voice says to opt for the plain navy, "dull null" that it may be. [​IMG]
    The obvious solution is to get the plain one first, then the birdseye.
     
  14. Film Noir Buff

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    This, my friends, is a very dangerous thread. My only navy suit (vintage) is reaching the end of its useful life, and a new navy is my next proposed commission from Chan. Devil on my shoulder says go with the birdseye (which I much prefer to nailhead). The more practical voice says to opt for the plain navy, "dull null" that it may be. [​IMG]

    Get all three and join the dark side[​IMG]
     
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    The obvious solution is to get the plain one first, then the birdseye.

    But then pushed back are plans for the glen plaid, the charcoal herringbone, the tan mohair. Oh curse this middle income.
     
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    It's actually not that crazy. You rarely see a birdseye above a 10oz cloth and you see a lot more nailhead fabrics in the lighter weights.
    I have five worsted books on my desk (2x 10/11, 11/12, 13, 15) that each have a bunch of birdseyes and nailheads. And that's all from one merchant. Heavyweight nailheads almost always have big "dots". They are more casual than the finer cloths found in the lower weights.
     
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    I don't particularly like nailshead patterns on cloth. I think a richly colored solid can be more compelling.
     
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    I don't particularly like nailshead patterns on cloth. I think a richly colored solid can be more compelling.
    He is right on this it's really more of a comparison of two specific fabrics in order for us to really decide which is nicer.
     
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  20. Film Noir Buff

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    I have five worsted books on my desk (2x 10/11, 11/12, 13, 15) that each have a bunch of birdseyes and nailheads. And that's all from one merchant.

    Heavyweight nailheads almost always have big "dots". They are more casual than the finer cloths found in the lower weights.



    That's a lot of books. You're quite the connoisseur. I think Birdseye is always in the heavier end of a weight class. For instance when a book is 11/12 ounces, that doesn't usually mean the cloth is 11.5 ounces per yard, but rather that some are 11 and some, like Birdseye, will be 12.
     

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