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post #31 of 54
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Originally Posted by mrchapel
I agree.

And to the OP, it seems as though your uncertainty results from not seeing the fabric. Perhaps once you've seen the actual fabric you can make a more informed decision?

No, I have seen it. It was gorgeous and that's why I think I was tempted to make it in to something it wasn't (an odd jacket), despite knowing better. At this point I'll either make a suit of it or find a more appropriate fabric for a jacket.
post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by GQgeek
My jackets so far all have blue in them and that's why i'm trying to do something different. Brown looks really good on me so it's just a question of finding the right fabric. This was a truely gorgeous fabric but now that i've slept on it I think I've decided against it. As much as I'd love go get this suit made, it's a poor use of the money at this point since there are still major holes in my wardrobe. I might however buy the fabric to be made in to a suit at a later date and do something else for now. It's in the Propsta book so there's no guarantee that it will be produced again after it runs out... Anyway thanks for the opinions guys. I have an impulsive streak that needs to go :P


If I had other major holes in my wardrobe, I would choose something different. I'm in a similar situation as you--my wardrobe is heavy on blues and grays, so I'm adding browns in glen plaid patterns (with blue overpanes to make them easy to coordinate with my existing shirts, ties, etc.).
post #33 of 54
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Originally Posted by GQgeek
No, I have seen it. It was gorgeous and that's why I think I was tempted to make it in to something it wasn't (an odd jacket), despite knowing better. At this point I'll either make it a suit of it or find a more appropriate fabric for a jacket.

Ahhh ok. How much would it cost to turn it into a pair of trousers? The fabric you describe sounds like it would go excellent with a crisp white shirt or even black shirt. But then your aim is for sport coats so perhaps the money is better spent there.
post #34 of 54
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Originally Posted by mrchapel
Ahhh ok. How much would it cost to turn it into a pair of trousers? The fabric you describe sounds like it would go excellent with a crisp white shirt or even black shirt. But then your aim is for sport coats so perhaps the money is better spent there.

I'm pretty well covered for trousers as I just got in a big MTM order a couple months ago. I tend to avoid bespoke for trousers since MTM works well for fit and I only have so much money to spend on this stuff. MTM is a big money saver and the results are still very good in terms of fit, but I obviously miss-out on the hand detailing.

If I were to get these bespoke (just the pants) it would cost about a thousand bucks, which right now is better spend on jackets and shirts. I have enough pants to go two weeks without wearing the same pair. Still, you're right in that they would look great as pants with a cashmere sweater and white shirt.
post #35 of 54
Not sure if it's your style or not, but just to throw the idea out there, did you ever think of getting it done as just a vest? If you wear a lot of somewhat odd pants, jackets, shirts and ties, this look (if it's how I imagine it) might work well as a vest if paired with the right combination. Just a thought, feel free to shred it .
post #36 of 54
Stripes, IMO, can work as an odd jacket, but it depends. Usually, it's something about the stripe itself that says this would be great for an odd jacket but usually too much for a suit.

Also you can do other tricks to make it look clearly like an odd jacket. Patch pockets maybe, or perhaps doing an uncommon color for lining.


If in doubt, I'd avoid it though (excepting of course those of unlimited funds)
post #37 of 54
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Originally Posted by horton
If in doubt, I'd avoid it though (excepting of course those of unlimited funds)

I tend to agree. As Horton stated, there are plenty of ways to make sure it's not mistaken for a suit jacket, but from your post it doesn't sound like you'd be that comfortable with it. And it's a lot of money for something your not sure about.
post #38 of 54
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Originally Posted by iammatt
Perhaps when you are older...
Patronizing? Or are you saying a lot of old men wear check and windowpane sportcoats? For the record, I like Prince of Wales check on suits, but all around I do not really like windowpane.
post #39 of 54
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Originally Posted by Jovan
Patronizing? Or are you saying a lot of old men wear check and windowpane sportcoats? For the record, I like Prince of Wales check on suits, but all around I do not really like windowpane.
Both. I love herringbone sportcoats, but there are a lot of great choices for sportcoats.
post #40 of 54
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Originally Posted by GQgeek
I essentially agree with you, and that's why I'm so hesistant all of a sudden. I think the lust is wearing off and I'm starting to think practically again.

practicality is for poor people, get the jacket.
post #41 of 54
That's true, too.

But, if you're budgeting to build your wardrobe, I'd probably pass. If it's just a diversion to purchase this, then weigh it against the value of other diversions.
post #42 of 54
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I eschewed the original fabric that caught my fancy and decided that I'd get two jackets made instead of one suit that I wouldn't wear very often. I just couldn't see myself wearing the jacket on its own.

I haven't completely decided on the fabrics yet but I'm considering a wool & cashmere dark brown flannel with sky blue windowpane, a lambswool & cashmere copper/brown herringbone with an overcheck, and a couple herringbones. All of my picks were earth tones since that's a gap i'm trying to fill. However since I'm getting two instead of just one, I might do a sage silk & cashmere out of the Dormeuil books for spring/summer. I might not receive the stuff until spring anyway since I have to put on weight before I start the bespoke process. That would bring me up to 3 for spring/summer and 5 for fall/winter, which isn't a bad start for my first year ^_^
post #43 of 54
It looks like you are answering a question that I put in another thread... And the answers are in general "negative": I was thinking about a Zegna fabric that I saw the other day, dark grey, almost black, with rather "fuzzy" chalkstrips maybe 1.5 cm apart. It was cloth intended for a suit, but I rather need a sportjacket. Now I am thinking about having my tailor make a suit out of that cloth, but I really want to be able to wear the jacket on its own, on occasions when a suit would feel too formal, like dinner with friends. I really like to wear an odd jacket with jeans or similar, and I really like the idea of having this one with these stripes. Also, when I am away on a two- or three-day business trip, the suit would be OK for the meetings, and then I would be able to wear the jacket with jeans when I have an evening off. But from what I understand from all the comments above, it looks that I just have a rather bad taste and that people would look at me wondering whatever happend with the pants of that nice suit...
What do you think?
post #44 of 54
Thread Starter 
Epa, that sounds like a flannel suit. Don't do it.

Btw, I chose my fabrics, both are from Scabal books. The first is a bronze/brown twill with a blue windowpane. The blue is slightly different in each direction and really blends well with the brown/bronze. It's gonna have a bronze silk lining (i think).

The second is a grey on the light side of medium with a sky blue windowpane and a very subtle charcoal windowpane that overlays the blue one. It's begging for a bright pink lining but I haven't decided yet. :P
post #45 of 54
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Originally Posted by Teacher
I'd only wear a striped odd jacket if it were part of a stroller...but then it wouldn't technically be an odd jacket, I guess.

I always thought a stroller jacket had to be solid colored--either Oxford grey or black. The notion of of a striped stroller jacket sounds very "off" to me--sort of like a pin- or chalk-striped tuxedo!
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