Seasonality

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  1. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    If more of you wore, in spring and summer:

    -linen suits
    -cotton suits, especially the classic poplins in stone and light olive
    -tropical and fresco in very light gray, tan, or glen plaid with bright blue and pale red overchecks
    -band-aid colored shoes
    -linen cotton shirts
    -linen and linen blend ties
    -cotton madras ties

    you would look better.
     


  2. Musella

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    Nice choice Manton, I agree but I would add also light mohair and cotton/linen too (the color choice is important). Also blue Fresco will look good if the color is not a dark one (Blue carta da zucchero).
     


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    +1

    A nice a wool/linen blend suit is pretty versatile for the summer (not too informal for the office and not too conservative on social occasions).
     


  4. Manton

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    Mohair is nice but it can wear a little hot. Cotton-linen is OK for jackets, not really a fran for suits.
     


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  6. Musella

    Musella Senior member

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    Sure, cotton/linen only for a jacket!! :)

    Mohair is nice for the middle season spring to summer (at least here in italy, don't know where you live).
     


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    Not sure on the Band-Aid shoes. Have a pair nearly that light that have never been on my feet. What do you pair them with?

    I also have Madras ties that I never feel like wearing. Something else always seems more appealing. But maybe that's because I go almost exclusively knits.
     


  8. Manton

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    Also, for Americans, seersucker.

    And for everyone else, raw silk/shantung ties. I personally don't like the Rubinacci stripes but I love the solids.
     
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  9. Knowledge is King

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    Good thread Manton. I think this goes toward a topic that Vox brings up often -- wearing the right clothes at the right time to fit into your environment. After ascertaining the non-seasonal basics, a more developed sense of style includes looking appropriate for the season. There's never anything wrong with wearing a well tailored three season suit, but wearing the right seasonal clothes and accessories is a sign of a more developed wardrobe.

    Part of the problem though is that it's not easy for many people to get the non-seasonal part of their wardrobe squared away. It's a dangerous thing for people to start shopping for cotton suits, madras ties and bandaid colored shoes when they may not even have a plain navy suit yet.

    Also, since summer is more than half over and Fall isn't too far away, maybe we could also start a thread on appropriate fall combinations?
     
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    For casual or social occasions, yes; though the band-aid colored shoes wouldn't work for me regardless of the occasion.
     


  11. Manton

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    Bandaid shoes with everything in summer. I have them on today with a dark blue linen suit.
     


  12. Eustace Tilley

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    Agree with everything other than the cotton suits. They look frumpy, and not in the nice linen way.

    And I would def add linen odd jackets in a variety of blues to that list.
     
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  13. Manton

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    Drill cotton makes a nice suit and the fabric wears well, the problem is that it's dense and heavy so you lose a lot of the cooling properties. I prefer the very light weight stuff, which can take the heat (as well as anything can).
     


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    Re: Bandaid, the EG color Edwardian Antique is perfecto.
     


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    The quality of the cotton and its manufacture makes it all. The frumpyness is also due to the weight and how it has been worked (the ironing is very important).
     


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