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Wool or cashmere overcoat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pred02, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. pred02

    pred02 Senior member

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    Hi,
    I want to pick up a basic navy slim fitting coat to wear with a suit to work. Given basic navy is hard to find on the discount, I was thinking picking up an overcoat in John Lewis - either 100% wool or 100% cashmere. Both are made in Italy.

    Originally I was going to get the cashmere one as I always wanted a cashmere coat, however the wool one seems to be very light as well (in the store they were nearly indistinguishable). As I travel a lot for work (trains, laptop over the shoulder, backpack) I want something that is more durable.

    Any advice is appreciated

    Thanks
     


  2. Bird's One View

    Bird's One View Senior member

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    Wool is more durable.

    Cashmere is warmer at a given weight.

    I doubt I would ever buy a cashmere coat, but don't let that stop you.
     


  3. Macallan

    Macallan Senior member

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    Wool

    100% cashmere is not suited for most work-wear situations, including your's.
     


  4. Knucklehead

    Knucklehead Senior member

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    I suggest you get the wool overcoat you like AND a cashmere coat. Have you tried a thrifted or ebay-ed cashmere coat? You won't really care if you muck up a <100 dollar cashmere coat but you still get the aesthetic you desire.
     


  5. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    You should get the fabric you like the most.
    I have over a dozen vintage 50+ year old cashmere (and vicuña) overcoats. None of them show much if any real wear. However, most of them have very sever wear of the lining, so you are more likely to have to replace the lining than the cashmere itself fabric wearing out.
     


  6. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    You should get the fabric you like the most.
    I have over a dozen vintage 50+ year old cashmere (and vicuña) overcoats. None of them show much if any real wear. However, most of them have very sever wear of the lining, so you are more likely to have to replace the lining than the cashmere itself fabric wearing out.

    I agree, quality cashmere wears well, too.
     


  7. harryx2

    harryx2 Senior member

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    I always thought cashmere is very fragile as a fabric? And that camel is much better for outerwear?
     


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