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sartorial-on-tees replied to your post: May 16, 2014Austin Reed suit, Andrew …

How do you find the Austin Reed suit stacks up, quality wise?

Austin Reed has a large number of suit lines and I am not familiar with more than their “Signature” line. This is supposed to be AR’s top line of suits, featuring half-canvas construction and British-made fabrics. I would say that the construction is decent, perhaps not worth paying full retail for but certainly worth the price if you can find them on sale. My main complaint with the suit I own is that the cut is a little too fashion-forward for my taste, with skimpy lapels and a rather high buttoning point. Still, the fabric is great and it serves as a decent suit to have in the rotation

I also own a vintage AR suit from when they were made by Chester Barrie (AR used to own CB) an it is absolutely stunning suit. 

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Shoulder season
While “shoulder season” usually refers to the times between high and low seasons in the travel industry, it is frequently used in #menswear speak to mean the season between the cold, winter and warm, summer seasons. While most of the Northern hemisphere probably have passed this time now and are firmly moving into summer, here in Northern Scandinavia have we only recently started experiencing warmer days. The last few days have been exceptionally warm for the season with temperatures up to 15-18C during the days. The problem is that the mornings and evenings are still cold (in the single digits usually) and the winds can also be quite chilly at a times. 
Dressing appropriately for this season is a thus somewhat of a challenge. It is usually too hot for the winter tweeds and flannels but still too cold for  linnens and cotton. The 100% cashmere jacket worn in the photo above has a warm cloth that breathes relatively well and thus represents a good trade-off between keeping you warm in the mornings and cool during days. I have also now moved from flannel trousers to lighter wool and cotton trousers. Linnens are, alas, still a month or so away.

Shoulder season

While “shoulder season” usually refers to the times between high and low seasons in the travel industry, it is frequently used in #menswear speak to mean the season between the cold, winter and warm, summer seasons. While most of the Northern hemisphere probably have passed this time now and are firmly moving into summer, here in Northern Scandinavia have we only recently started experiencing warmer days. The last few days have been exceptionally warm for the season with temperatures up to 15-18C during the days. The problem is that the mornings and evenings are still cold (in the single digits usually) and the winds can also be quite chilly at a times.

Dressing appropriately for this season is a thus somewhat of a challenge. It is usually too hot for the winter tweeds and flannels but still too cold for  linnens and cotton. The 100% cashmere jacket worn in the photo above has a warm cloth that breathes relatively well and thus represents a good trade-off between keeping you warm in the mornings and cool during days. I have also now moved from flannel trousers to lighter wool and cotton trousers. Linnens are, alas, still a month or so away.

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"The casual suit which does not overlap with the city suit look"
As opposed to the casual city-suit posted the other day, this is an example of a suit that is not very “city-like”. While this and the previous suit share the same basic pattern (PoW checks) the brown colour of today’s suit definitely push it further along the axis towards “country-like”. It therefore requires more casual accessories, like the wool/cashmere tie and merino cardigan in the picture, to achieve a coherent look. 

"The casual suit which does not overlap with the city suit look"

As opposed to the casual city-suit posted the other day, this is an example of a suit that is not very “city-like”. While this and the previous suit share the same basic pattern (PoW checks) the brown colour of today’s suit definitely push it further along the axis towards “country-like”. Itherefore requires more casual accessories, like the wool/cashmere tie and merino cardigan in the picture, to achieve a coherent look. 

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