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need help buying first sport coats

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Since this is my first post id like to start by thanking the forum and its members for all the advice I have gotten simply anonymously browsing. I knew nothing about dress and tailored clothes since i never had occasion to wear them. However I recently started work in the family business where they are needed and found this site when researching just prior to building a suitable wardrobe. Because of this ive avoided some truly terrible purchases and been introduced to companies like Isaia, borrelli, charvet, testoni and crockett and jones. Although ive learned lots I have to purchase a few sport coats soon and next month a suit (one three season navy blazer, one for fall/winter, spring summer) and would be grateful to get some more specific advice. I would like the ability to dress down (jeans) and more formal with both coats, and the winter coat be versatile enough to wear with a wide selection of seasonal shirts. In terms of cut im also looking for something more classical. for cost id like to keep each under $1,500. As I said earlier ime very much a novice so things like weave and patterns I know nothing about, with that in mind ive found two coats below that to me seem to fit the above criteria and would love any and all input you have. Thanks again for all the help. Navy sport coat http://www.shopthefinest.com/showpro...ze-40-us-50-eu winter coat http://www.shopthefinest.com/showpro...ze-40-us-50-eu spring http://www.barneys.com/Windowpane-Sp...efault,pd.html
post #2 of 7
The third link isn't working. The Borrelli looks fine. The Isaia has a bold pattern and 55% cashmere content, making it not very versatile and low-priority in building wardrobe.
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If you're willing to spend up to $1500 each, then life is good AND you don't needto waste time lurking the internet bargain hunting.

I would say focus on sports coats with patch pockets so that you can dress them down as you mentioned. Also, the winter one is too flashy if you'll only have 3. If you wanted to wear that winter one often, the loud pattern would be obvious and people will notice you wearing the same one all the time. Make it a brownish tweed or simpler cashmere. Or buy that and choose to expand your collection to more than just 3 (I don't really recommend this now though)

The summer pic doesn't work, but a lighter weight wool or wool/linen or linen could be nice in a lighter color (beige, cream, lighter blue, etc)
post #4 of 7
If you are going to drop $1,500 each, why not go bespoke? Or you can pick up three Howard Yount jackets now, and three when he has fall/winter available.
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Originally Posted by HenryFlower View Post
If you are going to drop $1,500 each, why not go bespoke? Or you can pick up three Howard Yount jackets now, and three when he has fall/winter available.

Actually at that price this guy is right!
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Originally Posted by saiyar1 View Post
Actually at that price this guy is right!

Agree
post #7 of 7
Unless you're just flush with cash, seems like you might want to play around with getting a couple mid-priced jackets to establish your exact tastes before you go all-in on the $1500 stuff. It's one thing to see other people wearing stuff online, but it takes a bit to figure exactly how you want your stuff to fit, what patterns and texture you like, etc.

I wouldn't dream of going bespoke for a first jacket, there are just so many little details that you just wouldn't have the experience to judge.
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