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post #1 of 13
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I had a suit made a while back.The suit is DB chalk-stripe very english.I lost the pants somehow so my question is can I use the jacket as some type of sportcoat or do I have to get another pair of trousers made????
post #2 of 13
As Manton would surely tell you, that's against the "rules." Breaking the rules can be done, but it helps if you're a confident person with a unique personal style. On a more practical level, it's going to be difficult to get a pair of pants made. Even if it's the "same" fabric as the lost pair of pants, there may be subtle differences in color/sheen/etc. between the jacket and the (new) pair of pants.
post #3 of 13
I would put close to no hope in finding the same exact cloth for a new pair of trousers, and even if you can find it, it will be fresh -- no fading or wear -- and so will not look the same as the coat cloth. Rules aside, I don't like the look of a striped odd jacket. Others around here do, and they would give you better advice on how to make it work.
post #4 of 13
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Rules aside, I don't like the look of a striped odd jacket.
Really?
post #5 of 13
This doesn't help much right now but if I may offer a future suggestion: The cost of adding a second pair of trousers when ordering a suit is not prohibitive in comparison to the cost of a new suit. After a few years of studying how/why suits fail (Yes, I need other hobbies) I can tell you without hesitation that 95% of the time the pants wear out before the jacket. Mostly due to: 1. Rear pocket coming loose at the corners because of people stuffing fat wallets in there. 2. Fraying along the edge of the front pockets 3. Wear-through in the crotch from rubbing thighs 4. General effects of polishing the chair with one's ass over an extended period of time. 5. Walking on the cuff rahter than pulling your pants up to your waist instead of allowing them to slide to your hips. 6. The jacket has an undershirt and dress shirt between it and your skin... and all of the acids, salts, oils etcetera that we nasty critters excrete. Jackets are far more complex and hence far more expensive so rotating two pairs of trousers makes good sense... add 20% to the cost of the suit in exchange for twice the longevity. Yeah, I know Frankie - this would have been a helluva lot more helpful had the advice been offered BEFORE this. Sorry, Kinda like putting up a sign that says "You just completed a hairpin turn on a bridge that might ice over in bad weather" sign along the highway. Best, Chuck
post #6 of 13
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...I don't like the look of a striped odd jacket.
What about a solid color suit jacket used as a sport coat?   Walking through my office a couple of weeks ago, the pants leg of my favorite Hickey-Freeman suit (eBay for $179) caught something sharp and ripped a nearly perfect 3" x 3" right-angle tear into my pants leg.  (Yet another reason for me not to spend $2,000 on a suit).  The suit jacket is in perfect shape. It's a medium gray, no pattern.  Would it be against the Rules to use it as a sport coat?
post #7 of 13
Houston... With a solid I don't see why not. I did the same with a wonderful solid navy suitcoat. Just switched the buttons for some pretty brass and enamel ones and it worked quite nicely. There is a lot of blurring in the suit coat versus sport coat area over the past few years as the silky 'Supers' have gotten so ubiquitous. PM me if you need some spare buttons, I probably have a set that would work for ya.
post #8 of 13
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I had a suit made a while back.The suit is DB chalk-stripe very english.I lost the pants somehow so my question is can I use the jacket as some type of sportcoat or do I have to get another pair of trousers made????
Am I the only one dying to find out how exactly Frankie lost his trousers but not his jacket? Got to be a good story here.
post #9 of 13
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(Frankie515 @ April 25 2005,16:19) I had a suit made a while back.The suit is DB chalk-stripe very english.I lost the pants somehow so my question is can I use the jacket as some type of sportcoat or do I have to get another pair of trousers made????
Am I the only one dying to find out how exactly Frankie lost his trousers but not his jacket? Got to be a good story here.
Vegas trip - what happened there should stay there
post #10 of 13
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Houston... With a solid I don't see why not.  I did the same with a wonderful solid navy suitcoat.  Just switched the buttons for some pretty brass and enamel ones and it worked quite nicely. There is a lot of blurring in the suit coat versus sport coat area over the past few years as the silky 'Supers' have gotten so ubiquitous. PM me if you need some spare buttons, I probably have a set that would work for ya.
Thanks so much for your response and the offer.  I may take you up on it.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
As far as how I lost them.......Per my job I move around alot I had been living in Montreal and am now back in the states I lost them somewhere between the two countries.......Stupid I know......
post #12 of 13
Frankie, A few years ago I went to a HS reunion and when I got to my room and finally checked my suit the pants were gone. I had not choice but to dress in casual clothing, I filed a report with the hotel and within about 3 or 4 weeks the pants somehow turned up..this was a good day as it was a very good suit, a Southwick that I liked a lot, a 3 botton in the old style of 3 button suites where it looked good with just the center button closed. I hope you have been able to narrow down the possible places it may have been lost and file a report. I always now travel with jacket and pants in either a zipped bag or a suitcase, not more hanging from hangers with an open buttom bag. It also seems like a lot of the younger crowd are wearing striped jackets with jeans..while I don't like this look maybe you can get some use from the jacket, or at least donate it to a good local charity and take something of a deduction on your taxes.
post #13 of 13
If the suit was made of an English fabric, you might take a sample to a tailor who has swatch books from the big British mills, and see if a match turns up. I am of the opinion that a precise match is not absolutely essential-- the eye glosses over small differences of fabric finish. However, if that doesn't work the jacket is useless. I am personally of the opinion that a solid blue, black, or olive jacket might be retooled as a blazer, and perhaps a glen plaid as a country sportcoat. but a striped jacket worn solo is the exclusive province of the homeless.
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