I can never figure out why companies can charge insane amounts of money for wool jackets, pants, dresses, etc and then line them in polyester.
I try to avoid buying and wearing polyester, yet I take a look at the fabric tag of my favourite blazers and realize it is LINED IN POLYESTER or equally bad fabrics like acetate, nylon, etc.
I was looking at a really expensive Hugo Boss dress the other day, and it was 100% polyester. It was NICE polyester of course, but not for $1500….
Well, to lower costs of course, of course.
It all boils down to having it LOOK good but not FEEL good, even at the $100 – $495 price range.
It is cheaper to line a jacket in those cheap fabrics than to not.
I have also found that in very expensive blazers in the $500+ range and up, line their jackets in fabrics other than cheap crap such as viscose, cupro, and in my Mel en Stel version (I love independent designers), she lined my lovely cashmere wool green jacket in SILK.
You simply cannot find that kind of quality any longer, and unless you go vintage, you’d be hard pressed to find a lining that doesn’t make you sweat like a pig.
DOES IT EVEN MATTER?
Why yes it does. I wear my blazer lined in silk and I can feel my skin breathe versus wearing a blazer that holds in my sweat and makes me all humid and wet inside unless it is in the dead of winter.
I’d even prefer an UNLINED garment to one that is lined in polyester, but I am unable to afford $1000 pants and $1000 blazers or dresses unless bought on consignment or secondhand, or found in thrift stores.
It is kind of a no-win situation these days.
SO WHAT TO DO?
Here’s my plan:
Buy vintage, thrift, or buy secondhand from consignment.
Buy from independent designers who do quality work for quality prices.
Remove the lining in your jackets & replace it in silk or something — only recommended for your FAVOURITE blazers. I have yet to do this, but I am seriously considering it.