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The official flannel suit appreciation thread.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by J011yroger, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    I just got my first, a beautiful medium gray chalk-stripe.

    I've always had a special place in my heart for them, and searched for a thread like the tweed or black-tie ones to no avail.

    I'm curious as to what shirts, ties, and shoes you guys prefer to wear with them.

    Post pictures, discuss, ogle, whatever.

    J
     
  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You can wear almost anything with them, but suede shoes are made for flannel IMHO.
     
  3. PhiloVance

    PhiloVance Senior member

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    +1. I've been wearing a mid-grey flannel 3B in a Loro Piana cashmere/wool blend from Eredi Pasano lately here in NYC, since it seems like we haven't topped 20 degrees in months. I generally wear the suit with a pair of dark oak EG oxfords, although I did go with chestnut antique EG Falkirks on Thursday evening when I paired the suit with the beige cashmere buttown down vest that I picked up at the Drake's sale. But Unbelragazzo is right - I think the mid-grey flannel suit looks downright decadent with my JL Phillips II in Parisian Brown suede.
     
  4. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    I feel like they cry for a fluffy or textured tie; shantung, wool, cashmere, but not a knit.

    J
     
  5. Blackhood

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    I've been itching for a new flannel. The only one in my rotation is an impulse buy bespoke DB in navy with a chunky white chalk stripe. Full-on Al Capone
     
  6. Griffyndor

    Griffyndor Senior member

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    I keep going back-and-forth between the 14 ounce fox mid gray and french navy for my next suit. Flannel is great in new york city.
     
  7. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    There was a nice article in The Rake a few months ago. I've scanned it in, but if I'm guilty of some horrible rights-infringement then someone let me know.

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  8. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    If you right-click and select "open in new tab" they can be read properly.
     
  9. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    Hi I am in the market for a light or mid grey flannel windowpane 2 piece suit in London for around £200. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    cbbuff Senior member

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    You mean besides get some more money?
     
  11. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    Yup times are tough and need to try and the get the best out of what you have.
     
  12. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would say keep your eyes peeled for a nice used one, or just don't get one. A flannel windowpane suit isn't one of the first three or four you should have, IMHO, and if you have more than that, you don't really need a new suit and might as well wait until you can either spend more money or luck into a good one at a thrift store or on eBay in your size.
     
  13. kaizo

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    Thanks for your advice and just for the sake of reference I currently have a charcoal birds eye suit, royal blue suit and chocolate brown suit.

    I think I will wait a bit longer in that case. How much would you reckon is a good idea to invest in a grey flannel suit?
     
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  14. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You already have basically one conservative suit and two that are more particular. Unless you have very little occasion for wearing business suits, and also very little occasion for wearing suits in general, I would suggest getting just a solid navy or maybe mid-grey for your next suit. Just a suggestion to think about.

    As for how much to spend...it's an impossible question to answer. Half of this forum seems devoted to what qualities one should look for in a suit and how much you should have to pay to get them. Take a look around and see what the differences are between suits at different price points and decide what's important to you, and which cuts fit you best.
     
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    kaizo Senior member

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    Thanks for your reply again. From the sounds of it its probably better to get a more staple option. I'll look around for a mid-grey sharkskin or something of the sort.

    Price wise I'll probably look at the suit and let that decide. I usually reserve £50 ish for alteration so hopefully I'll find something nice.

    Thanks for the help again.
     
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  17. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    So I made this up for myself. It is a 12 oz Dormeuil Ice flannel. Originally I made it with a natural shoulder and a wider more Italian/American button placement:

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    Then I decided to put rope shoulders on it and alter the button stance to give it more of an English look, which one do you prefer?


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    Here is me wearing it.

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  18. cbbuff

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    It is hard to tell with the different angles of the photos, but I think I like the first better for myself. I like the second on you, however (being English and all)!

    The top button alignment looks off - not on the same plane (different heights).
     
  19. Blackhood

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    Far and away prefer the second one. I have a navy flannel from Chester Barrie and I had them bring in the button stance to one closer to your second configuration.

    I'm of the opinion that buttons that are set too wide are terrible for making a big man look worse. While I'm only 42" chest and 6" drop, I felt that a wider placement was unflattering.
     
  20. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nice. I did something kinda similar.

    I think this was Minnis (it was bulletproof, whatever it was), with a soft shoulder


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    This was a much softer 9 oz VBC, but with a rope shoulder.

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    Too bad neither of them fit anymore.
     
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