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A guide to suit linings

When you’re buying bespoke suits you are probably accustomed to an abundance of choices when it comes to lining colors in your suit. If you however usually buy suits off-the-rack, then you’re probably left thinking: “Wait, you can actually choose that yourself?”. The same goes for the fit, pattern and color of the suit. A game-changer, isn’t it?
With off-the-rack suits you buy what’s on the rack, with no choice of customising yourself. Chances that the exact suit of your choosing is hanging there in the retail store, to your exact body measurements is basically little to none. Most suit choices that your local or online retailer has to offer, often comes with an, let’s say, adventurous pattern or just bright choice of color. It isn’t your style – but hey, it’s cheap, so it’ll have to do, right? Don’t leave it there.

Tailored suits are not expensive
Don’t fall for the “tailored suits are expensive” excuse that you’re getting or giving yourself. That’s simply not true.
The great thing about bespoke suits is that you can choose any pattern and colors that you like – not just the combination that the designer has chosen for you, but your own. This choice is completely yours when you go bespoke. And what is even better – it comes with a fairly low cost.
Compared to off-the-rack suits, yes, bespoke suits are a little pricier, but actually not that much, especially not when you’re ordering it from Louis Collections in Thailand.

The customisation is completely up to you and the time browsing for a suit in a retail store can instead be invested in making your own choices for your very own suit that no one else beside you owns. You can choose the fabric, the fit, the pattern – every little detail that goes into a suit – and you can choose the lining that compliments the suit you’re about the get hand-crafted.

If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to suit linings, let us go through some of the questions that we’re frequently hearing from our customers.

What purpose does a suit lining have?
The main purpose of a lining is that of aesthetics and functionality. The lining adds another layer between the fabric and your body, lengthening the overall lifespan of the garment, providing warmth to you as the wearer, adds structure to the suit and ultimately makes it easier to take the suit off and put it on.
The suit lining also helps hiding stitching, padding and raw seams, and it adds another color or pattern that’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

What is a lining material made of usually?
There is an abundance of choice of lining materials, so depending on your budget and personal preference, you have a large choice of different fabrics to choose from. Popular lining fabrics are Polyester, Rayon and Viscose, so are natural fabrics such as silk or cotton. Satin and Twill are also commonly used. Silk and satin are probably the standard choices we’ve seen in the past few years.
Each material comes with advantages and disadvantages. For instance is silk a more luxurious choice, but it tends to give a suit a bit heavier and warm feeling, whereas Polyester is cheaper, but gives a poor quality finish to the suit.

What lining color is a good choice for me?
The preferred choice is usually single-colored linings, but that still leaves you with a lot of options. Most important is that you choose a color that you truly like. If you want to go the safe route, then opt for a color that matches your suit color, but if you want to be a bit bolder, try a color that compliments the color, or even serves as a contrasting color to your suit.
In terms of patterns for your lining, it is a little trickier. The best solution is to discuss your different options with your tailor, in order to determine which combinations will work best for you.

And what about unlined or partially lined suits?
Unlined suits are a bit trickier to make, but are much lighter to wear. If you’re living in a hotter climate and don’t necessarily run in and out of business meetings (unlined suits are traditionally only for casual wear), then unlined suits are a good choice to consider. When crafting an unlined suit, the tailor must ensure that all loose ends are tidied up, and that every hem has a perfect finish, so that the inside of the suit doesn’t look like a mess. Unlined or partially lined suits are more breathable compared to fully lined suits, and are a popular choice for the Summer, or in hot and humid countries.

Partially lined suits on the other side may contain lining in different areas, e.g. the sleeves, and often the shoulder- and chest areas, with the back left unlined for breathability.

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