How to Choose a Lining for Your Bespoke Suit

If you have never purchased a bespoke suit before, you are unlikely to have been given a choice on your suit lining. Instead, the designer will have chosen it for you and more often than not, it is less than exciting in colour and style.

When you go bespoke, you have the opportunity to choose your own lining. You might be the only one to regularly see your lining, however, why let that stop you from choosing something unique?

What is the purpose of the lining?

Lining your suit jacket adds weight and structure to the garment. It also makes it warmer, so that it is more comfortable in cool weather. A well-lined jacket will sit smoother upon the body, reducing any crinkles.

Additionally, it is much easier to put on. If you’ve ever had a baste fitting, you will know that putting on an unlined jacket can pull at your shirt.

Finally, a lining hides the inner construction of the jacket. Whilst it can be very interesting to see the inner workings of the jacket – canvas, shoulder padding and all – a lining is much more aesthetically pleasing!

Adam Winkley Bespoke Suit Lining
This King & Allen groom chose a floral lining in the same colour palette as his suit's cloth. It's a great way to bring in some pattern without being too bold.
Jake Allen Bespoke Suit Lining
Our founder, Jake Allen, chose a dark green lining to highlight the check in his suit's cloth. The original cloth has now been discontinued, however, the cloth above is very similar in colour palette.

What are lining fabrics made from?

Lining fabrics can be made from a variety of different cloths, from the finest silk to the cheapest polyester. Whilst silk is beautiful, it is delicate and can feel very warm, making it inappropriate for many suits. We primarily work with cupro, viscose and Bemburg Silk instead, which are high-quality synthetics that are high-quality, durable and very comfortable to wear.

How to Choose Your Suit Lining

Are you ordering a two-piece or a three-piece suit?

The first thing to consider when choosing your suit lining is whether you intend to order a two-piece suit or a three-piece.

If you are ordering a two-piece, your lining choice will only be used on the inside of your jacket. On a three-piece, your lining will be on both the jacket and your waistcoat, meaning that it is more visible.

For some, that might mean choosing a more conservative lining choice because they don’t want a bold lining on the back of their waistcoat. That being said, any good tailor will allow you to choose a more subtle lining to have on the back of the waistcoat if you want to choose a bolder lining for the rest of the suit.

What is your intention for the lining?

Versatility

If your goal for the lining is to make it as versatile as possible, it is sensible to match your lining to your suit cloth. By doing this, it is less likely to clash with your shirts and ties. This means that it can be worn with more of your wardrobe.

However, for many of our customers, this option does not feel exciting enough because they want to…

John Atwood Bespoke Jacket Lining
This gentleman chose a rich brown lining to match one of the colours in his Harris Tweed jacket. The cloth has a lot of detail, so it made sense to keep the lining simple.
Nicola Groom Bespoke Suit Lining
This King & Allen bride wore a blue check suit, which had a lovely pink windowpane running through it. She highlighted that by choosing a pink lining for her jacket.

Show Some Personality

If you’re one of our customers who like to show a bit of flare with your lining choices, opting for a bolder colour or even a pattern is a great way to go about it.

Bold Colours

The key to making a good colour choice is in choosing something that not only compliments the suit but “suits” your personality too.

You can either choose:

  • a similar colour, such as a purple lining in a navy jacket
  • a complementary colour, such as a gold lining in a blue jacket
  • a contrasting colour, such as a burgundy lining in a charcoal jacket

Patterned Linings

Patterned linings are a little bit trickier to get right, as they require a fine balance between the cloth and the lining. If the outer cloth is a bold pattern, a bold, patterned lining will be hard to pull off. A patterned lining is more successful when paired with a solid or subtly textured cloth.

If you’re nervous about choosing a patterned lining, a classic tonal pattern such as a stripe or check is a great place to start. Bolder checks can also look fantastic when paired with a simple cloth.

Paisley is also a classic, but care must be taken to ensure that the colours within the paisley match the outer cloth of the suit. The same can be said for the other bold cloths within our lining books. A bold print will look absolutely fantastic, but the colours within that print must work with the rest of the suit.

Lucy Spraggan Lining Bespoke Suit
Always a fan of the fun linings, Lucy Spraggan chose a poker print for the inside of her burgundy suit. Because the cloth is solid and the colours in the lining are complementary, it works beautifully.

Get Expert Advice on Lining and Cloth Choices

If you find choosing a lining for your suit too difficult, our expert tailoring consultants will be able to advise you on the best options for you and your requirements.

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