Chambray Suits

Timeless but of limited practicality? Somewhere between tan poplin and seersucker in terms of how often you can really where it properly without drawing too much attention to one's self.
 
Timeless but of limited practicality? Somewhere between tan poplin and seersucker in terms of how often you can really where it properly without drawing too much attention to one's self.

I wear a tan poplin suit and a seersucker suit about once a week each. The joys of living in the South.
 
Well then I'd assume you can safely get the same wear from chambray?
It's got that lowered formality and distinctiveness that can both be drawbacks at times.
 
If it's less formal than wool and doesn't have too odd a texture (seersucker), I'd wear it happily.
 
Knowing north Florida, I'm not so sure.

Tallahassee, maybe because of the capital and the extraordinarily high % of attorneys (second only to Washington, IIRC), is still pretty formal. I'll get use out of it.

I better, because I just bought one, Ludlow from J. Crew, last night. On sale for $290 for the whole thing, so I rolled the dice.
 
Interesting fabric. But in a place where cotton and seersucker is common it would not look too out of place.

As for the aesthetics, I agree that it is fashion forward but so what? If you like it and it is appropriate for your workplace, what is the harm?

I'd be most concerned about if the jacket length actually covers your ass.

Narrow lapels are still in vogue - irrespective of what is considered to be "correct".

Low rise trousers do not get much love from those who subscribe to the timeless style aesthetic but on young, fit person can look good.

Given that it is J Crew, it's "best before" date both in terms of styling and durability means you probably won't be wearing it in 5 years time.

In the past, I have found J Crew suiting/jackets to be "noisy". When you move, the lining rustles more than any other RTW that I have experienced.

Unless this has changed, it could be a bit irritating.
 
Every time I'm there I find myself at a food truck rodeo or in some college dive bar. I mean, I'm sure there's plenty of suits up by the giant penis area, but it seems pretty isolated from the town at large just from my experience.
 
Every time I'm there I find myself at a food truck rodeo or in some college dive bar. I mean, I'm sure there's plenty of suits up by the giant penis area, but it seems pretty isolated from the town at large just from my experience.

The giant penis area is formal, as are some of the local spots (non-collegiate). Of course, this is relative to Florida as a whole, where jeans, a button-down, and a blazer is dress wear.
 
The giant penis area is formal, as are some of the local spots (non-collegiate). Of course, this is relative to Florida as a whole, where jeans, a button-down, and a blazer is dress wear.

Wait, you need blazer in Florida now? They must have got a hold of some James bond movies.

I usually have a pretty good time in Tallahassee actually, sister in law and her fiancee live there. It's the part of Florida between there and Key West that I'm more ambivalent about.
 
Wait, you need blazer in Florida now? They must have got a hold of some James bond movies.

I usually have a pretty good time in Tallahassee actually, sister in law and her fiancee live there. It's the part of Florida between there and Key West that I'm more ambivalent about.

Tallahassee's a great place. Deep South, but liberal as hell, with a million acres of public land bordering it. Miami's awesome, so's the area around the Big O (if you avoid LaBelle and Belle Glade), St. Pete, and....yeah, that's about it. The rest is largely populated with the Rust Belt's detritus.

Boca, Palm Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale are South Queens. Orlando can be nuked from orbit for all I care. Tampa is Atlanta with a waterfront and Cubans. Jacksonville is one of the more soulless cities in the country. The area from Bradenton south is God's waiting room. Gainesville is a shithole. Pensacola's actually a pretty cool town, but going out there is a sausagefest because of all the military.

If you ever want to grab a drink, shoot me a message. I have no idea about your real-life identity, but I'll bring along George Zimmerman as my bodyguard.
 
I've had some good times in Miami. I'm usually found between Ft Lauderdale and Key West during January for the sailing season.

I'll certainly give you a shout if I make Tallahassee anytime soon. I can't fly with a gun, so having George around will be helpful.
 
I've had some good times in Miami. I'm usually found between Ft Lauderdale and Key West during January for the sailing season.

I'll certainly give you a shout if I make Tallahassee anytime soon. I can't fly with a gun, so having George around will be helpful.

You sail? I used to teach it in high school (prams, 420s, and Rhodes 19s). Haven't been on a sailboat since then. Have the greenlight from the wife to buy a little (~$2,000) one, but I'm gunshy.

I'm assuming you mean real boats though (i.e. 20ft +)
 
That's me hanging off the spinnaker in my avatar.

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Has J. Crew gone up on their sizes? They used to fit me perfectly. I have two other Ludlow suits and both fit me better than this one. A friend of mine, who is a good deal heavier than me, and always joked about being too big for J. Crew, went into a store on vacation last week and was able to find a shirt that fit him just fine. Kinda disappointing. Not much mainstream clothing left for skeletons like me if it's true.
 
Chambray? I always thought that was a shirting material and on the informal side of the spectrum for that--meant for rugged outdoor wear and that sort of thing. Of course, I have seen tailored suits made of denim or camouflage cloth (or pictures of them, anyway), but I always thought that was sort of a novelty or gimmick item.
 
Chambray? I always thought that was a shirting material and on the informal side of the spectrum for that--meant for rugged outdoor wear and that sort of thing. Of course, I have seen tailored suits made of denim or camouflage cloth (or pictures of them, anyway), but I always thought that was sort of a novelty or gimmick item.
Look what the large breed of dog dragged in.
 
Chambray? I always thought that was a shirting material and on the informal side of the spectrum for that--meant for rugged outdoor wear and that sort of thing. Of course, I have seen tailored suits made of denim or camouflage cloth (or pictures of them, anyway), but I always thought that was sort of a novelty or gimmick item.

It really just looks like a navy poplin for the most part. I'm kinda on the fence about it.
 
I'm not gonna lie, the first thing that pops in my head when I hear Chambray is "stripper name".
 
Weight of the fabric?

Chambray in shirts is 65 grams/ meter only.

It doesn't say the weight on J Crew's site. 65 g/sq m is about 2 ounces/sq yd. too light for suiting.

But you can get 5 oz (170 g) and I have seen 10 oz (330 g).
 
It doesn't say the weight on J Crew's site. 65 g/sq m is about 2 ounces/sq yd. too light for suiting.

But you can get 5 oz (170 g) and I have seen 10 oz (330 g).

But 330 is too weight for a Summer fresh suit i think. Chambray is famous as being as voile, as light and vaporous as possible. 170gr is ideal., My Barbera mohair and Summer super light stuff is 200grs.
 
But 330 is too weight for a Summer fresh suit i think. Chambray is famous as being as voile, as light and vaporous as possible. 170gr is ideal., My Barbera mohair and Summer super light stuff is 200grs.

Yes 10 oz (330g) would be kind of heavy, no? you are probably right that 170g would be a good weight.
 
Yes 10 oz (330g) would be kind of heavy, no? you are probably right that 170g would be a good weight.


Spanish untailors as the tailor of the King says that is impossible to sew fabrics lesser than 250 gr.

He is an untailor. No wonder he says he is better than Savile or Naples but is unable to do a good fitting suit.
 

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