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I need help in finding a blazer, preferably navy, and I'm asking for help from the style forum fashion gurus. I know next to nothing about blazers and have searched Ebay, STP, Bluefly, etc. to confirm this. I'm not sure I would know one from another. I live in Phoenix, where we have 9 months of warm to hot weather, so I'm looking for lightweight. I want the blazer to be versatile, I'd like to wear it with slacks as well as jeans. I'm 5'7", 29" waist, and weigh about 150. I wear a 40 short in RTW coats. Can you fine folks give me some ideas and/or suggestions on finding something that would fill my needs? This won't be worn all that often, so I'd like to get the most "bang for the buck". While a $2000 Brioni might look great, spending that much doesn't make much sense if I'm only going to wear it a dozen times a year. Thanks for any help.
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YMark, I certainly have "feelings" for your situation. I need to find clothing in the smaller sizes and there is nothing available. With the height and weight you detailed, I'm very much amazed that your size is a 40. I don't really know, but you surely could wear a 38 unless you are very, very much barrell chested. Have a tailor give you some advice about the shoulder and chest size fit. For my personal situation, I find that some of the Hickey items fit better than other makers. But so much is dependent upon what profile and fit you are trying to have.
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You say that you "wear" a 40S, but do you actually measure a 40S? When I'm in shape I measure 40 chest, 32 waist, and that's hard enough to find; If you're really a 40 chest, 29 waist then I want your workout program. To answer your question in the most general terms, get your exact measurements and work from there. I'm a 40S but have found *some* 40R that are short enough, ~31 inches from the bottom of the collar is about the longest I can handle. Sleeves always have to be shortened. Look for something with a pretty pronounced taper, probably from an Italian maker like Canali. Two buttons, lower stance, high gorge. I like the shiny buttons on blazers, especially with a pair of well worn jeans. Just don't add a turtleneck, unless you own the Yankees Tom
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You say that you "wear" a 40S, but do you actually measure a 40S?  When I'm in shape I measure 40 chest, 32 waist, and that's hard enough to find; If you're really a 40 chest, 29 waist then I want your workout program.   Tom
I probably should go get measured. However, off the rack coats in a 38 are too tight around the chest and back. All of my slacks are a 30" waist and all of my jeans are 29", with one pair being a 28". I wear my jeans lower though. If you're serious about the workout program, I follow a modified Body For Life program that I revised with some help from the folks on Bodybuilding.com. Thanks for the help on the blazer suggestions.
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Any comments on the blazer below? Thanks. http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws....66&rd=1
post #6 of 14
its ok - great at the price. Not something Id wear, but I tend to prefer darker colors for a jacket. You could try "Ravi the Internet Tailor" or similar since you seem to be a tricky fit with an understandable budget constraint. Lands End dont make a short - but the clearance section has this: http://landsend.com/cd....E_30812 and this (from the very well regarded half canvas lines): http://landsend.com/cd....E_30813 They have great service, free cuffing, and a liberal return policy, so worth checking out
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The Canali is nice, but not so much a blazer as it is a sportcoat or even odd jacket. Not going to be quite as flexible as a navy coat would, but still is quite nice. Is the Proposta line really canvassed? Too lazy to do a search right now. Tom
post #8 of 14
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I need help in finding a blazer, preferably navy, and I'm asking for help from the style forum fashion gurus. I know next to nothing about blazers and have searched Ebay, STP, Bluefly, etc. to confirm this. I'm not sure I would know one from another. I live in Phoenix, where we have 9 months of warm to hot weather, so I'm looking for lightweight. I want the blazer to be versatile, I'd like to wear it with slacks as well as jeans. I'm 5'7", 29" waist, and weigh about 150. I wear a 40 short in RTW coats. Can you fine folks give me some ideas and/or suggestions on finding something that would fill my needs? This won't be worn all that often, so I'd like to get the most "bang for the buck". While a $2000 Brioni might look great, spending that much doesn't make much sense if I'm only going to wear it a dozen times a year. Thanks for any help.
You are looking for the "most bang for the buck" in a blazer but, at least to me, that phrase is pretty ambiguous. If you give us a price range it will be easier for us to make specific suggestions.
post #9 of 14
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You are looking for the "most bang for the buck"  in a blazer but, at least to me, that phrase is pretty ambiguous. If you give us a price range it will be easier for us to make specific suggestions.
Anywhere from $150 - $350. I probably should have mentioned that to begin with.
post #10 of 14
I am not sure if the it's the "best bang for the buck" but Paul Staurt should be probably one of your best RTW bets For example: http://www.paulstuart.com/item_template.cfm?ItemId=452 They have all the odd sizes from 36s, 37s...39S and 40s. If you have a chance to visit their NY store you'll have a better selection. (all canvas constuction, which cannot be said about Canali proposta)
post #11 of 14
I also am a 40 short. I recommend to you exactly what I recommended to my brother not long ago and it is call LS Mens Clothing and talk to the owner,Izzy. 212-575-0933. He has a web site www.lsmensclothing.com but you need to call. He has a special relationship with H Freeman going back many years. H. Freeman makes a half canvas product (or full canvas on MTM orders) that is far superior to any department store product like Boss, Abboud, etc. H. Freeman blazers at a normal retail store are over $500 but Izzy usually has something in stock in your price range. He also has Hickey Freeman but that will be a little north of $350. And he may have something like Oritsky for less. Whatever you get he'll send out quickly and is it doesn't work for you there will be no problem at all about returning it. There have been a number of threads about H Freeman and LS on the Ask Andy site including quite a few posts from guys like me who have bought from Izzy for years, all posts are lauditory. If you call tell him hi from 40 short from Toledo.
post #12 of 14
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Arkirshner, thanks for the reply. I'll give Izzy a call. As usual, AA search is screwed up so I can't find the threads you mention. Andy ought to think about fixing that web site. Thanks again.
post #13 of 14
if i were you, i'd buy this one immediately and have a good tailor add functional buttonholes.  perfect for the upcoming fall, great make at a very good price: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....35&rd=1 here's one you might check out, as well to see what you think: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....me=WDVW and, just one more...i bet it would fit you, and looks GREAT: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....76&rd=1
post #14 of 14
....and then, there is also this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....65&rd=1
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