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    I'm looking at getting a new summer jacket soon, most likely from SS. I'm thinking that I want a linen or linen blend jacket. Ideally something that is versatile so that I'm not stuck being able to wear it with only one pair of trousers. And I'm fairly light skinned with light brown/gray hair so I have to consider that as well.

    Thoughts on these?

    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/pre_o..._order_jackets
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/pre_o..._order_jackets
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/pre_o..._order_jackets
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/pre_o..._order_jackets

  • #2
    I'm not crazy about the pattern, but a wool, linen and silk blend holds its shape much better than pure linen.


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    Last edited by theplayerking; February 9, 2017, 08:10 AM.

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    • #3
      Been looking at the Blue check myself. Just not sure I want to throw down that much $

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      • #4
        My wool, silk, linen jacket from SuitSupply is great as it does not wrinkle nearly as much as my 100% linen jacket. It is tough to pick a color without knowing what pants you may wear with it.

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        • #5
          Will this be your only summer jacket? If not what do you already have? I like that blue check a lot, and as already mentioned the wool, linen and silk blend is great (unless of course you are going for the more casual wrinkly linen look). The colors and pattern seem like they would be pretty easy to match with a wide variety of shirts and trouser combos, although if versatility is your priority I would prefer no pattern.

          My second choice would probably be the light brown Havana. Seems like a great workhorse summer jacket, but I think if they had a mid brown or darker one it would make it a little more versitle.

          I find grey jackets to be way less versitle than it seems like they should be, a lot of this could be because I wear grey trousers a lot (at least half the dress trousers i wear to work are some shade of grey). If you rarely wear grey though and those jackets seem like they would go well with most of your wardrobe they could be a great choice for you

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          • #6
            I would recommend brown if you want the most versatility. It can be worn with most color trousers (navy, grey, tan, jeans, etc) and it would most likely compliment your skin tone. I just thrifted a 25% silk, 75% linen suitsupply brown herringbone havana off of eBay. It goes with everything but my brown trousers. I was also impressed that it was barely wrinkled after being shoved in an envelope for shipping. I was expecting more wrinkles with such a high linen content. Some of the pre-order SuSu jackets would fit the bill...

            http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/jacke...D&prefv1=Brown

            http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/jacke...D&prefv1=Brown

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Loafer28 View Post
              I would recommend brown if you want the most versatility. It can be worn with most color trousers (navy, grey, tan, jeans, etc) and it would most likely compliment your skin tone. I just thrifted a 25% silk, 75% linen suitsupply brown herringbone havana off of eBay. It goes with everything but my brown trousers. I was also impressed that it was barely wrinkled after being shoved in an envelope for shipping. I was expecting more wrinkles with such a high linen content. Some of the pre-order SuSu jackets would fit the bill...

              http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/jacke...D&prefv1=Brown

              http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/jacke...D&prefv1=Brown
              Great recommendations! After Navy I find brown to be by far the most versitle color for a jacket.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Me27 View Post
                Great recommendations! After Navy I find brown to be by far the most versitle color for a jacket.

                Thanks! I work in a business casual environment and have several pairs of blue or navy trousers. While I will always have my navy sportcoat, I find the brown truly more versatile for my needs. I only own 1 pair of brown pants.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for all the thoughts. This will be my only summer jacket. Ideally I'd be able to wear it with some off-white linen trousers, white Bonobos travel jeans, or navy summer-weight chinos. I do like the blue check one and like the suggestion of a brown one. Someone mentioned a darker one. Would this be better than the light brown?
                  http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/pre_o..._order_jackets

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                  • #10
                    And since I'm in Atlanta, summer means about half the year.

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                    • #11
                      For maximum versatility I would recommend something in solid (or very subtly patterned/textured) blue, brown, or mid grey. Tropical weight, partially lined wool over blends with linen, cotton, or silk. My partially lined wool sportcoats are just as light and breathable as my linen mixes, and I find them more versatile for professional use because anything other than wool and perhaps wool/silk seems to wrinkle almost immediately. Just remember, the more "fun" the jacket is - whether in terms of pattern or material or color or some combination - the more limited you will be in terms of what shirts/trousers/ties you can wear with it, as well as how frequently you can wear it.

                      I wouldn't recommend this specific jacket because it is a winter-weight fabric but it gives you an idea of the kind of color/texture I think would be ideal for optimizing versatility, if you can find a similar one in a more summer-appropriate material.



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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by goodwillhinton View Post
                        And since I'm in Atlanta, summer means about half the year.
                        I am in Houston, so I hear you!

                        I find Mid to Dark browns are easier to match. Some prefer to avoid the "northern lights" look. I really like the jacket you linked. If you can get to a SuitSupply store, all the better. Hold the jacket up the the light and if you can see through it, it should be ideal for your climate. The tightness of the weave can make a huge difference in the heat that we deal with.

                        I have drooled over the S&M that LBD posted above, but it is way too warm for us in the south. I agree that the color and texture are perfect!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Me27 View Post
                          Great recommendations! After Navy I find brown to be by far the most versitle color for a jacket.
                          What makes navy any more versatile than brown? I think navy is more formal and traditional and so is necessary for formal occasions, but that (mid or dark) brown is at least as versatile and probably more.

                          That said, I don't own a navy blazer - where one would be appropriate, I wear a suit instead. But I do plan on buying one sometime this year.

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                          • #14
                            A navy jacket in tropical wool or wool blend would work well for the office and be highly versatile.

                            The dark brown you linked to last would be a very nice versatile option. It seems to have a bit of texture without going overboard, and the mid/darker brown goes with everything. My concern would be how much it wrinkles since there is no wool in the mix.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by srlclark View Post
                              What makes navy any more versatile than brown? I think navy is more formal and traditional and so is necessary for formal occasions, but that (mid or dark) brown is at least as versatile and probably more.

                              That said, I don't own a navy blazer - where one would be appropriate, I wear a suit instead. But I do plan on buying one sometime this year.
                              Yes Navy is more formal and a very traditional/classic business look, but if you get one that is not overly structured and stuffy (I'm thinking something like a susu Havana) it can easily be dressed down and does not look out of place with chinos or even jeans....it can basically be worn in any situation.

                              I work in finance and accounting at a pretty large corporation and its basically a required uniform in that line of work. There are a lot of occasions were a suit is not necessary, but a brown jacket would not really be seen as serious enough. Since it is more formal than brown, but still can be dressed down as much as brown, and it can be worn with just about any color trouser other than navy, to me it wins out for most versatile

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