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If it's casual, then my top recommendation would be an olive, a mid-green. Navy is nice but a little smart. After that green I'd look to lighter browns, like this one here
The appeal of the cotton suit – bespoke from Elia Caliendo
Aha, I see. Yes I think they could, true. To be honest I haven't seen that many donegals in coating bunches, but I haven't looked for a while. I'd go to W Bill, Holland & Sherry and Harrisons first off
Introducing: The navy Donegal Coat
Yes I would have thought so. However, I do think some people prefer this coat to fit a little closer, others love room in the body. I strongly suggest comparing the measurements against a coat you already own if you can
Thanks Joel. I don't think there was, it's going back a few years but I think we added that later.
Hi Drew, Some worsteds can be OK for standalone trousers, but you want to avoid ones that are two smooth, or that basically look like the orphanned half of a suit. It's a lot to do with association.
Trousers and what they go with: A sliding scale of formality
hi simon assuming one wants to make a cotton suit, is there any hierarchy of colour you would recommend? The suit is likely to be worn casually or as separates with casual ivy style details (e.g. lower gorge, double stitching at seams, patch and flap…
My idea is a regular tailored overcoat probably DB polo coat style, normal shoulders and a touch of waist suppression. In fact these donegal fabrics could be well used in many styles for their versatility, good visual interest and bridging formalities.
Gorgeous coat! With a chest of 42.5-43 inches and height of 5’11” I think size large is the appropriate size for me. Do you agree?
Wonderful iteration Simon! I still love my first edition in the charcoal donegal. Is there any inlay to let the sleeves out width wise in the first edition. They can me a little snug with a jacket under it.
This is an incredibly informative post, Simon. I love the 50,000 ft view of all trousers. Am I correct in inferring from this post that both worsted and superfine worsteds can be used for suits, but only superfine worsteds are appropriate for standalone trousers? Thanks…
I'd pick depending on formality - the flannel is that much smarter. Consider which you're most likely to wear given how smartly you dress most of the time
Heavy brown Brisbane Moss cords
Do you mean a raglan coat like this David, or a more regular tailored overcoat? If a raglan, there isn't that much point having it bespoke if you can find a cloth you like RTW - it's one reason we offer that style, but only…
Hi Butler, There's quite a lot of possibility there - think of it like jewellery. You can have very simple gold or silver links, or pearls, or you can do something more elaborate, with a coloured precious stone. I tend to prefer the former, as…
Richard Anderson tuxedo: Style breakdown
Simon, If you had to choose between the Fox Char-Brown flannel or the Brisbane Moss heavy brown cord - which have you found to be most versatile in your wardrobe? Cheers, Robert
All three donegal costs are beautiful. For making a bespoke coat in these or similar cloths, which mills / books do you recommend Simon?
Hi Larry, The pre-order was a one-off offer back in the spring. It's not a regular way we sell things. We're just sorting through all those pre-orders and seeing what we have left, then those coats will be put up for sale towards the end…
Introducing: The Herringbone Donegal Overcoat
Absolutely - it's great with navy, just like the images with a navy crewneck here.
Hi Simon, I am curious regarding your thoughts on cuff links when wearing a shirt for a tuxedo. I have looked at several photos on the site but can’t seem to tell your preference. My tuxedo shirt does not have studs in place of buttons so…
Hi again Simon, Any news of when this iteration would be restocked (if at all), now that you have released the navy one? Also, what is the way to preorder? Thank you, Larry.
Great coat! Do you think it could be worn with a navy suit?
That's so lovely to hear, thanks for letting us know MP
PS outerwear available to try on in London – at William Crabtree & Sons
Good point Dario
It will make little difference Fred, but it will be quicker and the shipping a little cheaper to the UK
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Thanks Robert. Yes as I said in the piece, this wasn't meant to be a more classic, conservative navy, and it sounds like that might suit you more. On the lengthening, this page is right. I'll update the shop page now. Thanks for highlighting it.