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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
I am very interesting in ordering from bookster for my first bunch of jackets.

Can someone comment on the fit? Do they fit modern, nice suppressed waist?

How much padding? I am a 38 chest and find the padding on many jackets excessive.

Canvas/half-canvas? I am not particularly bothered about this but it is important to some people.

I'd like to get a grey herringbone jacket (I think it'll be the most versatile) and a flannel blazer but hope that these two things above are all right, so I don't look old-mannish.

Thanks.
post #2 of 34
I am very happy with my Bookster jacket (Leven Tweed). It's a size 44.
The waist is supressed (I had to order 1 inch+). Not much padding in the shoulders.
I hope this helps.
post #3 of 34
^^^ Pictures please including fit pics
post #4 of 34
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Do they fit modern, nice suppressed waist?

How much padding? I am a 38 chest and find the padding on many jackets excessive.

Canvas/half-canvas? I am not particularly bothered about this but it is important to some people.

The suppressed waist isn't necessarily "modern", it's more of a traditional british thing and Bookster do it very well, given you don't have a beerbelly...
My Bookster jackets are full floating canvas, the padding is far from the supermarket plastic costumes that turn people into boxes.
post #5 of 34
did you see the bookster jackets that NY ranger had for sale in B&S? not sure if they are still there... but were roughly your size and I recall a gray herringbone.

just in case you wanted another option than ordering brand-new and/or wanted to try out the maker more cheaply.

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Originally Posted by BareSolid View Post
I am very interesting in ordering from bookster for my first bunch of jackets.

Can someone comment on the fit? Do they fit modern, nice suppressed waist?

How much padding? I am a 38 chest and find the padding on many jackets excessive.

Canvas/half-canvas? I am not particularly bothered about this but it is important to some people.

I'd like to get a grey herringbone jacket (I think it'll be the most versatile) and a flannel blazer but hope that these two things above are all right, so I don't look old-mannish.

Thanks.
post #6 of 34

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Edited by w. rabbit - 7/20/11 at 11:48am
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post #8 of 34
Thread Starter 
How big are the armholes?
post #9 of 34
The height of the armhole is about 9" at it's biggest by my approximation. It's a very structured garment with strong shoulders and the waist suppression has different options. Their garments come quite fitted already, but you have the option to have them take the waist in as much as you want really, or let it out if need be. I would usually have their Extra Fitted jacket and have it taken in yet another inch, but I always wear a sweater with my Tweed Jacket so I only had it the regular Extra Fitted. The sleeve head is quite full but tapers off quite nicely, and for me the sleeve pitch is a little bit off, otherwise the fit is excellent. Plus they're great people to do business with. They won't give your order information to the tailors until every detail is sorted out and all the peculiarities are as you want them, and they try their best to get you exactly what you want. Great garments at an excellent price. Definitely worth a look.
post #10 of 34
Thread Starter 
I've seen the rather euphemistic phrase 'strong shoulders' used in this topic more than once and desire to know what it means. So we're talking big, padded shoulders then?
post #11 of 34
Yes, the shoulders are the polar opposite of the soft and lightly padded shoulder that Style Forvm admires.
post #12 of 34
There is always the possibility of ordering a trial jacket to get to see one up close before ordering, though I suppose shipping costs might make this annoyingly expensive if you are too far away. +1 on them being very nice people to do business with. And my Harris Tweed arrived just in time to come in handy for the sort of weather we have had here for the last few weeks. :-)
post #13 of 34
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+1
post #14 of 34
Thread Starter 
Well then, can anyone recommend a similarly priced brand that I can get with soft shoulders?
post #15 of 34
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Well then, can anyone recommend a similarly priced brand that I can get with soft shoulders?


Bogart says love the pads.
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