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First blazer for a 24 year old student...

post #1 of 13
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Hello all, I would like to know what the people on this board think of this blazer: It will be my very first blazer and I would like it to be as versatile as possible. Furthermore I am a student and would like to keep it fairly casual (jeans/khaki's & dress shirt). The fabric is 100% wool and I hope it will be suitable for spring/fall. This clothing thing is really growing on me, but I just need some advice... Many thanks for any responses. Niall
post #2 of 13
I think the lapels are too narrow for my tastes. Otherwise, I think it would be nice for your formal / informal purpose. Just note that it can't be dressed up THAT much. As far as sport jackets go, this is about as informal as it gets.
post #3 of 13
Looks like a nice casual jacket. Is it lightly unconstructed, or is that just the picture? How does the fabric feel? Perhaps you could tell us more. And remember: focus on fit. How does it look and feel on you?
post #4 of 13
It has the appearance of a shirt jacket. If you need a blazer then this is not what you should choose. This jacket would be ideal for a weekend in the country.
post #5 of 13
The gray herringbone is a classic style, but I would suggest a navy blazer for maximum versatility. The soft construction and patch pockets on this model make it casual (re: previous poster notes "it can't be dressed up THAT much") and the narrow lapels/3-button styling mean it doesn't show much shirt and tie, which is elongating, IMO. So, if that's the look you want, it's a nice jacket (I'm tall and thin, so I wouldn't buy the jacket. I own a 2-button gray herringbone with flap pockets and wider lapels).
post #6 of 13
I like it. But it is on the casual side-- one of your requirements, I think. That plus a blue blazer will cover you on about 95% of social occasions.
post #7 of 13
I agree with all the comments that this is very casual. In the right environment, this could work as a great business-casual sport jacket. I personally wouldn't wear it with a tie at all. You could wear an appropriately colored t-shirt under the dress shirt if that's your thing. I'd say this is pretty much at the level of wearing a shirt jacket or a cardigan sweater. It gives you another layer with which to work. If you want to wear a jacket in an environment where it's not the norm to wear one, this would work. I hope you're getting the idea that this is quite casual for a jacket. A blue blazer would be more versatile, of course. You could wear it with grey wool trousers and it approaches wearing a suit. You can also wear it with jeans although you'd need to be careful about finding one with the right cut to pull that off. It really depends on your requirements. While the blue blazer has more range, I bet if I had something like this jacket I'd wear it more often. The only people I ever see wearing a blue blazer in my industry (software) are the security guards.
post #8 of 13
That jacket looks like something that Zegna would make under the Zegna Soft label but I don't think this one is. Other than Zegna, anyone know what the other options are in this sort of soft-constructed 3-button patch pocket jacket?
post #9 of 13
I have a question, why do so many people idolize Patrick Bateman? He was a total loser.
post #10 of 13
The key thing, I think, is for you to be aware of the style peculiarities of the jacket, and for you to be comfortable with them. First, as others have pointed out, the lapels are very narrow. This is the type of thing you might not notice so much at first, but come to find more pleasing/displeasing as you develop your personal style. Second, the coat has patch pockets. Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with patch pockets. On the right coat I really like the look, but I tend to think that, in general, patch pockets look a bit dowdy. These pockets look a bit odd to me, in that they seem very large, and out of proportion with the narrow lapels. Finally, there is the general shape of the coat. I prefer more waist suppression, but that too is a personal choice. Overall, I would say this is a perfectly fine coat, but it doesn't exactly say "young and stylish" to me. If anything, it seems a bit grandfatherly.
post #11 of 13
PHV: Did Patrick Bateman wear something like this? Doc: I just pulled out a copy of Flusser's Dressing the Man. I'm not a Flusser fanboy but I did recall seeing something like this in there. Sure enough, there's a tan one in the business casual section on page 259. I wish I could post it. It's got patch pockets but they are a bit smaller. Good catch there. They look better. The lapels are larger too and there is more waist suppression. With these changes, it does look younger. I wish I knew who made it.
post #12 of 13
I'd have to vote against it, because inevitably you'll need to be a bit dressier than the collegiate norm and the jacket won't work. I heartily agree with the idea of having a standard blue blazer in your armory. That way you'll be covered 95% of the time. I would wear the grey number with a buttondown if I was planning to wear a tie. It would keep things academic.
post #13 of 13
Being in a similar position to you recently I can only recommend as others have, that you consider a navy blazer / sports coat? More specifically, perhaps a SB two button with non-metallic buttons. Slightly slimmer cut and tapered at the waist if you want versatility. This way you can wear it to formal occasions, with or without a tie and also wear it with a pair of jeans (some ppl on the forum hate this look but most young ppl do it these days).
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