Ask the Tailor: What Do I Need to Know About Linings?

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Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’re talking linings. What do you need to know?

Bespoke menswear isn’t just about how you look: it’s also about how you feel. We want you to look great in your tailoring… but we also want to ensure you feel confident and, most importantly, comfortable.

The type of lining you choose will have a big impact on how comfortable your made to measure tailoring is. It will also determine the warmth, the structure, the weight and the look.

There are three main choices when it comes to lining a jacket; unlined, part lined and fully lined. The option you choose will depend on the type of jacket you are having made, as well as your own personal preferences.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Unlined jackets are typically less formal. They’re also not as warm. The increased airflow these jackets offer make them popular choices for the summer months.

Part lined jackets can offer the best of both worlds. They offer more airflow than fully lined jackets, making them ideal for summer wardrobes, but the part lining gives them a bit more structure and weight than totally unlined jackets.

Fully lined jackets are the most traditional option. The full lining gives them a well-defined structure and extra weight. This can make them appear more formal and ensure they hang well. They’re warm and comfortable to wear, and a fully lined jacket won’t catch on your shirt.

The type of fabric you choose to have your jacket lined in will also change the look of your finished suit. Natural linings such as silk will be light and airy to wear, whereas synthetic fibres will be less breathable. You may also want to choose a lining fabric in a contrasting pattern or hue to personalise your suit. 

If you’re planning to invest in a bespoke suit, you’ll need to give some thought to the lining. Whether you have a fully lined, part lined or unlined jacket will have a big impact, as will the type of fabric you choose.

Next month we’ll be asking our tailors to give us the low down on single VS double breasted jackets. Sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it.