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When to wear linen

Mike C.

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I'm starting a new job next monday. It will be my first "real career job, out of college." I'm wondering if it is appropriate to wear my beige linen suit?

The company I'm working for has a very casual dress code. One of the guys I interviewed with was wearing jeans and flip flops, yet others were wearing suits and ties. Being new, I've decided to stick with suits and ties initially.

My question is more, is linen seasonable after Labor Day, rather than is it appropriate for my company.
 

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I would say that if the weather is warm, wearing linen would be ok, particularly if your work environment is casual.
 

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Yebb - and keep in mind that it's one thing to wear linen while strolling around town and another to sit in an office chair whole day. I'ts going to look very rumpled if you don't take care. Sounds like a cool suit though - I too would be looking for oppotunities to wear it.

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Bruce Boyer has said that white dinner jackets and distinctly warm weather clothing such as seersucker should be worn between Memorial and Labor Day, and when in the tropics. That's pretty darn specific, maybe too much so, but I think it's not far off the mark for linen.
 

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I agree with the previous points about seasonality and wrinkling.  Despite the lax dress code of your new office, I would probably wait until I've been with the firm for a while (say, next summer) to wear the suit.
 

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Bruce Boyer has said that white dinner jackets and distinctly warm weather clothing such as seersucker should be worn between Memorial and Labor Day, and when in the tropics. That's pretty darn specific, maybe too much so, but I think it's not far off the mark for linen.
Down South I've always heard and practiced Easter rather than Memorial Day. Otherwise how can you justify your Easter Sunday garb, which must be "springy"?* I tend to think Labor Day is more common, although in coastal areas/Florida you could probably push it through September if you're so inclined.

*Of course, there's also Derby Day to dress for before Memorial Day rolls around.
 

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Wouldnt it all depend on what kind of job it is?  

In my retail shops pretty much anything respectable goes yet if I were a bank/finance job I would imagine that the job requires more of a formal dress code.  Even though your interviewer was jeans and flip flops if your peers in the job are suited I would stay that way as well and try to not stand out of the employee standard so as to be more accepted by them.  You dont want to be the "new guy with the loud suit" to them.

Good luck on the job.

JJF
 

Mike C.

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I'll be working at a company in a creative industry, so if it was July I wouldn't think twice about wearing a linen suit.

I decide to wear it if the weather that day permits. I was just wondering if it was a rigid rule to not wear linen after Labor day.
 

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Quote from Andy Gilchrist in "Ask Andy":

"The official summer season in the USA is from Memorial Day to Labor Day.   Those are the days my friends, between which you can legitimately wear traditional summer garb such as linen, sandals and white.  I have had questions from gentlemen in England about this. The same England that set in concrete most men's clothing rules..  But their holidays are different.  So if you're not in the USA go with the summer dates (this year the dates are June 21 to September 23) and you will be close.

Of course, where you are has some bearing on the matter.  In the tropics, you can lengthen the time you wear a white dinner jacket.   But if you're in Palm Springs in January, even if it's 80 degrees, you look a little silly in a tank top.  Dress for the weather but also be cognizant of the season."
 

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