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The Whipcord Suit

M. Charles

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What are your thoughts on having a suit made of whipcord? I've noticed a man who is always well tailored wearing them in olive green, charcoal, and light grey. One was posted on SF a while back in brown. What weight whipcord would you recommend? Any ideas on specific cloths? Also, some whipcord looks heathered, and I like this look, but I've never seen any cloth available like this.
 

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There's a great photograph of Dean Acheson in a fantastic whipcord number in the LIFE magazine photograph thread on Acheson if you want some inspiration.
 

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Whipcord trousers are great for wear out in the filed or as an odd trouser on colder days. But I'ver never seen a suit. Tailors have mentioned its fine also for jacketing such as on an odd coat or topcoat.

Where is the pic link for the brown suit? I have yet to find a nice chocolate brown whipcord in 16oz...suggestions are welcome

HE Box has a nice dark grey whipcord cloth in 16/17oz and Dugdale Bros. has a 4 colors in navy, dark grey, fawn and olive/tan in a 16oz weight (but I prefer the HE Box version).

If you want a RTW whipcord trouser....www.filson.com has a 17oz grey and an olive version.

I find whipcord to be tougher than suitable weight cavalry twill. But I would not recommend it as a suit jacket
 

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Here's the link to the brown suit on SF: http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...4&postcount=27 This one has a bunch of bells and whistles, but I would prefer a more normal SB configuration with vest. Cordings recently offered (in the shop) an odd jacket in a tan whipcord. Quite heavy, though. For it to work in a suit it would need to be a reasonable weight. The odd Cordings jacket was probably 21 oz or thereabouts.
 

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If it floats your boat then do.

The way cord wears is not really suited t a suit though and the trousers will become shapeless without frequent pressing which might gibe you the appearance of a nutty Professor.
 

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whipcord is great stuff.
I used to work For Julie hertling in 1981.
we made plenty of whipcord suits for trad stores.

It is rather bullet proof. It does not drape. but it tailors well
 

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Originally Posted by Shirtmaven
whipcord is great stuff.
I used to work For Julie hertling in 1981.
we made plenty of whipcord suits for trad stores.

It is rather bullet proof. It does not drape. but it tailors well


Do you have any idea what sort of weight was typically used? 14-16 oz?
 

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I have a suit made out of it, I like the fabric. Mine is a fairly light weight fabric, and it's not particularly warm in winter. My legs freeze anytime it's below 40 F.

It's also from the 70's and green, but what the hey. It's for costume use.
 

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