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spring jacket suggestions

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
As I looked at the rain pouring down this morning, I realized I don't have much in terms of a spring coat that can handle the elements.
I have a leather jacket, a couple thick wool winter jackets (car coat and full-length overcoat), and a handful of track-jackets... but that's it.
So off to the mall I went, and found two coats that I really like.

Kenneth Cole Concrete Jungle jacket

Sanyo jacket
The Sanyo jacket I picked up is actually slightly different then this one; but I couldn't find any images of the PR384 model.

Now I'm trying to decide which one to keep: And yes, and I'm on a tight budget, so I can only afford one (technically I should save my money.. but oh well).
I like the KC one because it's a bit different. It's more casual (I'm a graphic designer/bartender, so I don't often wear a suit), and the $125 lower price doesn't hurt either.
BUT... the Sanyo seems a bit more practical. It's more of a timeless style that will still look good in a year or two, and I could wear it with jeans and a tshirt on a day like today; but it's also long enough to cover a suit jacket when need be.

Any comments or suggestions on which to go with?
Or does anyone have any other jackets they'd reccomend.
post #2 of 6 you have to hop around like that when you wear the Sanyo? The KC is all wrinkled, but at least you can stand like a normal person... Seriously - I'd go with some other coat. I have a black Ferragamo raincoat (a bit different than the Tiburon - it zips) and wear the hell out of it, which is the good news. I knew when I bought it that a black coat was a bit less versatile. That said, it really overpowers my look - when I wear that coat, people see 'that guy in the black coat'. Also, there's no way that I would wear the Tiburon (or my coat) over a suitcoat - far too casual. The KC coat is more likely to become part of the outfit, but is not versatile because of the style - it is really great for casual outfits, but can't go too dressy. Given your profession (and given no choice to opt out, as I am suggesting), I'd keep the KC and ditch the Sanyo. My honest advice would be to tough it out with a cheapy coat and find a piece on sale later in the year. Neither of those coats are exceptional enough to merit paying retail, IMHO. I am thinking that you are not in the market for a boring/classic trench, but there are lots of slim-cut, updated versions of that style that you can find. Jil Sander, Helmut can sometimes be found on sale.
post #3 of 6
Of the two, I have to vote for the Sanyo. I'm afraid the KC is going to look "old" really quickly. But I agree with Duveen about not paying retail for either.

For outerwear, eBay offers some spectacular bargains. Unless you're buying Kiton, stuff seems to go really cheap. I have a lovely (and incredibly cool) Invertere reversible raincoat I paid $35 or so for.
post #4 of 6
I would pass on both and scour ebay for something with some quality marks for:

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
So maybe these were more of impulse purchases then anything else.

I'm thinking I'll heed the advice given, return the coats and find something on sale, or via ebay.

Thanks guys.
post #6 of 6
this thread is serendipitous as i am also looking for a spring coat. i am a total noob when it comes to quality pieces, but am eager to learn. could you guys maybe help a noob out and list some things i should look for, or brands, etc?

it doesn't help at all, but i have no idea what kind of spring coat i want. i'd like something classically styled. clean lines. simple. thanks!
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