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Wool vs silk sportcoat

frankkaeb

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Any significant difference in the level of "formality" of wool vs silk in a sportcoat? I am looking at a silk sportcoat for the first time and was not sure if there are any "issues" that may limit a silk coat's versatility.

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Originally Posted by frankkaeb
Any significant difference in the level of "formality" of wool vs silk in a sportcoat? I am looking at a silk sportcoat for the first time and was not sure if there are any "issues" that may limit a silk coat's versatility. Thanks
Silk wear warm but can be good if you are cultivating your sleaze factor.
 

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Silk is usually shiny and doesn't wear very hard. I like it but I doubt you'd wear it much in a "professional" setting.
 

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Wool=

Silk=


I like silk SC's but then again I have ambitions of being a lounge singer.
 

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I picked up a blue Canali silk blazer at the Barney's Warehouse Sale. It is a slimmer, more modern cut that is not overly shiny and is great for wearing out to bars and such. Works great for that function.
 

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Originally Posted by yachtie
Wool=
Silk=
I like silk SC's but then again I have ambitions of being a lounge singer.

This is good.
 

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Pics please. The material itself doesn't always determine when the coat can or can't be worn.

I have a sports coat of dupioni silk whose slubs make it less formal than many of my woolen sports coats. I also own several silk/linen/wool blend sports coats whose formality level is determined by factors other than the material (one is blue/cream herringbone with cream slubs and is informal; the other is light rose with blue undertones that appear only when viewed at the right angle, similar to some Charvet ties, and is more formal).
 

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I have two wool/silk blend suits and the one containing a higher percentage of silk actually looks much less shiny and feels heavier than the one with only a small silk component.

The material treatment and weave seems to make a much larger difference than its makeup.
 

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This jacket is silk. Not all silk is the same.
 

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I wear wool, myself. I don't really have anything against silk, it just seems less practical.
 

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I have a silk/wool jacket in a coppery color with navy. It has a nice sheen to it. I wanted that though because it is for a party/city setting and it works. Actually I wish I had gotten something more "blue". It has a different look to it. As it is I have two more pieces of this Holland and Sherry Fabric in different colors.
 

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Silk is merely a fiber. It really depends on how the silk is woven. I think most are assuming a high sheen/satin weave jacket. If the silk sport coat looks great, is versatile (in terms of color), and doesn't not have a high sheen, I would definitely pick it simply for the novelty factor. It's easy to find a wool sportcoat a silk one however, is more uncommon IMO.
 

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