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    I know it sounds obtuse. Not owning any linen stuff, I wonder whether it looks distinctly like linen.


    I am toying with getting a linen suit and want to wear it year-round (summer's very short here). Removing the fact it's not warm for winter wear, is there anything about the fabric that would tip people off that it's a linen summer suit and make it look wrong against a backdrop of snow/fall colors? It would not be in a traditional summer color, more a fall color/pattern. This is among the candidates http://www.landsend.com/pp/mens-tailored-pattern-linen-jacket~240693_-1.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::QBP&CM_MERC H=IDX_sale-_-men-_-suits-blazers&origin=index


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    Don't do it. Linen is a one-and-a-half season fabric (summer and late spring), especially when it comes to suits.


    Even though those LE patterns don't necessarily scream linen, two things will tip everyone off.


    First, since it doesn't have the weight of cotton, wool or the like, the jacket will drape differently on your body and your trousers will look floppy even in a slimmer cut.


    Second, despite how many times you press it, it will look a lot more wrinkled than any other suit in the room. The laid-back, wrinkle of linen goes well with the laid-back esthetic of summer, beach weddings, outdoor cocktail parties. There's no charm in wearing one at the ski lodge.


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    That clarifies that beyond question. Thanks for lending your expertise, much appreciated.


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    Plus due to the looser weave in linen suits, you'd likely freeze in a linen suit once the colder days of fall and winter roll around.


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    If you get a linen-cotton suit in navy, and work in a fairly causal place, it could work great in spring and fall, unless you're in Maine or something. I just got the Lands End linen-cotton navy jacket and pants, and they are great for my situation (professor in the South). Way better than a charcoal wool for my context, because it looks more laid back.


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    I love to wear linen shirts in the summer. This summer was exceptionally hot and it was 85+ degree weather during most nights so I got to wear a lot of linen this season, Not only it looks cool and will keep you cool as well (literally). I got quite a few compliments while wearing my favorite BR linen shirt to a night club once.


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    I actually bought that jacket and the matching pants today in the brown herringbone. Unless you're hobnobbing with the rich and famous who cares? My coworkers are not sartorialists, so I'm not worried if the fabric of my clothing is not in season. If it works for you, go for it!


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