- Apr 12, 2008
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Quite. I admit I have no experience with really light cloths. My lightest suit must be a Porter & Harding Glorious Twelfth, reference 25336 made in 2013 (11 oz; I do not find it on their web site, probably replaced by 25560 which looks very similar). I also have a Fresco 16 oz which wears very light (being very porous for lack of a better term). Interestingly, I have another P & H Glorious Twelfth 25307, same "official" weight, from another tailor, made in 1988 (replaced by 25507?) which feels quite a bit heavier.I realize you said "all things equal," but for what it's worth, there are durable fine worsteds. This famous post from JefferyD comes to mind. The suit is from Despos.
I once commissioned a suit made from 8/ 9oz wool gabardine. Don't like the way the fabric hangs, so I'm reluctant to purchase another suit made from a fine, lightweight cloth. But a friend who has a lot of experience with bespoke tailoring recently recommended Harrison's Super fabrics to me.
Is it because of the way it is made, has the weight of the cloth changed so much between 1988 and 2013???? I just have no idea but the latter feels more like a Spring / Autumn suit and the first one is more summer-like.
I may add that, over the years, I have consistently pushed my tailor towards heavier weights than what he would spontaneously have suggested. Also, I live in Europe where we do not get the same muggy heat as one does in most of the States.