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Polyester Wool Blend Suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by simusince83, Jun 24, 2009.

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  1. Contango

    Contango Senior member

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    Wouldn't you be worried that your suit would melt on a hot day?
     
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    *sigh* people are snobs. I am assuming that you are not talking about some kind of shiny ass mirror ball suit, and with that prequalification, I say if it looks good, feels good, tailors well, fits well, suits you, and fits into your budget, then do it.
     
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    They were very comfortable and breathable, and the stretchy fabric was a great bonus where you have a fairly slim Prada-type fit.

    I have to think that if you need stretch, you're doing it wrong.
     
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    I have to think that if you need stretch, you're doing it wrong.

    Maybe the money to do it "right" isn't forthcoming.

    In any case, among my several traditional wool suits I also have one with a little stretch in it which I use for travelling and it makes all the difference. Several lazy tailors (including some of those on Savile Row) seem to skip cutting some of the inner construction on the bias - like in the arm scye - and it leaves the suit feeling pretty stiff. Not good if you plan travelling.
     
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    The cloth is marvellous and I'm willing to bet it will blow away any off-the-peg overpriced suit from the likes of YSL etc.

    I like to think the bar is a bit higher than YSL around here.
     
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    I like to think the bar is a bit higher than YSL around here.

    I wouldn't know, I've never had a garment by YSL. I don't buy brands I buy clothes and fit is most important to me.
     
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    A little research here would show you that this is amongst the silliest ideas that you could have.
     
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    Interesting to me that it is assumed that a wool poly blend is bad, but when someone had a thread here the other day about having returned a suit that was a wool/paper blend he was blasted for caring what was in the suit.
    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=228119
     
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    Fine example of groupthink. However if blend suit fits better, always pick fit over fabric choice
     
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    I'm actually wearing one now ([​IMG] ). It was my first ever suit - got it when I was 16 (will be 20 in May) before I knew anything about clothes. It's a charcoal 3-button and I think it still fits quite well (might be a bit on the tight side) and looks OK (trousers need pressing). I put it on today to find out what sort of condition it was in, and then realised why I hardly ever feel like wearing it: the coat is very stiff and uncomfortable compared to my woollen ones. I'm not sure if that applies to all poly/wool blends though.
     
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    I'm actually wearing one now ([​IMG] ). It was my first ever suit - got it when I was 16 (will be 20 in May) before I knew anything about clothes. It's a charcoal 3-button and I think it still fits quite well (might be a bit on the tight side) and looks OK (trousers need pressing). I put it on today to find out what sort of condition it was in, and then realised why I hardly ever feel like wearing it: the coat is very stiff and uncomfortable compared to my woollen ones. I'm not sure if that applies to all poly/wool blends though.

    Pretentiousness is reserved for more senior members. We have to keep it pent up till we're past 500 posts =D
     
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    So, what's the deal with wool/poly or wool/cotton blend fabric for an odd jacket or sport coat in lieu of wearing a cardigan? I am trying to get the same comfortable out of a cardigan but still have the same aesthetic as a jacket. Most soft unstructured jackets seem to be more on the blended material end versus 100% of one type.

    Does this come down to personal taste, or is a general rule of thumb to stay away from blends regardless of how one intends to wear their clothes. Again, for me I am prioritizing comfort and fit, then aesthetic.
     
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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Looks bad equals looks bad. More than a tiny amount of exterior polyester is likely to make an odd jacket look cheap. Also, with enough polyester, the jacket won't be very breathable. The likely reason many unstructured jackets are blends is because they're low-end items made for casual use. Wool/cotton would be much better than wool/polyester.
     
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    +1, I fully agree

    But I've always wondered why certain makers ( Like ARMANI ) seem to always have 3% of polyester or elasthane in their suiting fabrics?

    Is it because they are so cost conscious that they save a great deal for the entire production run by using that 3% of a synthetic?

    You never see makers like Kiton, Brioni, or Oxxford using synthetics in their fabrics ( or at least I don't ).


    I remember reading an interview with Giorgio Armani where the interviewer asked him that same question. His response was that he likes the way poly drapes....when used in a blend I'm assuming.
     
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    Dumb question here, but isn't the goal of wool to have a sheen to it as well?

    I can understand the comfort and temperature regulation issue but really and truly isn't the astetic a matter of personal choice since some textiles seek to achieve the very same effect?
     

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