Well, I bought it last week, but picked it up today. This brings my current stock of suits to a grand total of two. As I read recently in Esquire, better to have two good suits than five cheap ones.
On average, I wear a suit once a month. Weddings, other ritzy events and some speaking engagements are about it. Seeing as I work from home, and all of my clients are in software, I don’t know that I’ve ever worn a suit for work. My other suit is a nice one I got in Dublin, but it’s charcoal grey and wool, and hardly the thing for summer weddings. I know that you don’t necessarily need to wear a suit to weddings on the West Coast, but I kind of like getting dressed up once a month (in particular, I like the cufflinks). And I always prefer to be over-dressed than under.
Why linen? An excellent question, according to the folks at SoYouWanna.com. Before buying it, I was looking for photos of the kind of suit I had in mind. Picture Anthony Hopkins in the final scene of Silence of the Lambs, when he calls Clarice from some tropical country. I found this article on buying your first suit. This is actually the fourth suit I’ve ever bought, but they had some interesting thoughts on linen:
Okay, Panama Jack, you look at the linen, you think it’s nice, it’s lightweight, it’ll be a bit different from everyone elseâ€¦ but don’t be fooled. The style will be the same, because that’s what suits are all about. But as a fabric goes, linen wrinkles quickly, stains like a bitch, does not travel well, and is not a classic look. Be warned that your dry cleaning bills will be quintupled. It is not acceptable for a first suit. It is acceptable for a first tablecloth.
Bollocks to them, I say. In truth, though, I’ve always liked safari clothes. I shopped at Banana Republic when all their clothes were beige and there was a jeep bursting through the front of their store. I’m not going to wear a Panama hat with my suit, though I may when I’m fifty.
Despite this quote, I’m very happy with the natural-coloured three-button number I procured from Harry Rosen. I like it for all the reasons they do (lightweight, different) and all the reasons they don’t, especially the wrinkling factor. After all, everyone always says “well, it’s linen, it’s supposed to wrinkle.”