If you live in the Northeast and are beginning to feel the chill of the season, you should consider investing in a heavier wool suit. The most comfortable, luxurious, yet affordable alternative is a lightweight flannel like those I carry from Vitale Barberis for suiting. For sport coats, a medium weight wool with some loft to the fabric will work fine. Below are two of my favorite flannel suits and a terrific winter-wool sport coat.
Above, I’ve featured a medium blue flannel with a 3/4″ chalkstripe. The detailing on the sleeve head is outrageous…beautifully coordinating marine blue stitching with purple/teal/blue grosgrain trim set off an equally impressive set of marbled navy buttons.
Above, I feature a unique light gray flannel with a subtle series of stripes. The lining is a whimsical copy of sheet music. Red pic stitching on the interior provides a pop of color!
This winter-weight sport coat will go with everything…from tan, black or charcoal pants to your favorite jeans! I chose a mocha twill fabric for the flat front trouser. The shirt was designed to pull out the rust colors and the sleeve head detailing finishes off this outstanding winter sport coat. Instead of a custom shirt, try a custom cashmere or ultra fine merino sweater in this season’s popular turtle neck styling, or if you prefer, a mock turtle. The 1/4 zip works great also…with or without a casual collared shirt under!
Check with the custom clothier nearest you for what other options are available.
Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom