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post #16 of 51
Herringbone solids are great.

Have this one in the works at the moment blue Donegal herringbone from London Lounge Cloth Club. Here is a picture of Michael Alden wearing it splendidly.



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I am thinking about this one as the next commission silvery grey Loro Piana Cashmere as a sports coat.

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post #17 of 51
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NOBD doing a good job with a solid jacket.
post #18 of 51

Go for something more texturized like linen and fresco, or camelhair for the winter

post #19 of 51

Go for something more texturized, like linen and fresco, or camelhair for the winter

post #20 of 51
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Originally Posted by Exin View Post

Go for something more texturized, like linen and fresco, or camelhair for the winter


Couldn't agree more.
post #21 of 51
I think the key to single color sportcoats is to go with something more sophisticated than the single color - ie. a melange - that appears to be a single color from afar, but becomes much more interesting up close

the variety in the weave of tweeds makes this easy to accomplish

from afar, this swatch below looks like a brown herringbone tweed, but up close, the flecks of green and rust give it a much more complex look. Why choose a flat tweed when something like this is readily still available?

spend time finding tweeds like this

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post #22 of 51
I missed out on a brown birdseye belvest SC recently, I've been kicking myself since facepalm.gif
post #23 of 51
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Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon View Post

I've got a couple of solid grey jackets that get a lot of wear at the moment.

I used to only wear navy solids but now trying to break out of that habit.

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With solids - I usually prefer something with a bit more texture rather than something made with super 120s for example.

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I really like this look! I know some people on here hate blue/navy pants, but I love them!

PS - How do you use spoiler tags in this new forum?
post #24 of 51
I like jackets that are "functionally solid" rather than actually solid. Aside from blue. Also, I like to wear the jacket from a linen suit in summer.

But, otherwise, herringbone is nice. It works as a solid without being quite as boring or looking like a suit. I have herringbone in brown, gray and blue gray. The brown gets worn probably more than any other fall/winter coat. I think it's the same cloth as the swatch posted above. Looks like that anyway.
post #25 of 51
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I really like herringbone, too. Just enough pattern to keep it interesting. This one caught my eye. I tend to like a lot of medium toned cloth, but then have to make sure there is enough contrast with my medium gray trou.

 

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post #26 of 51
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Originally Posted by Parker View Post

Yeah, I really like herringbone, too. Just enough pattern to keep it interesting. This one caught my eye. I tend to like a lot of medium toned cloth, but then have to make sure there is enough contrast with my medium gray trou.

 

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The Loro Piana herringbone that PSG picked for his latest Mina commission looks heavenly...and right up your alley.
post #27 of 51
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Originally Posted by Parker View Post

Yeah, I really like herringbone, too. Just enough pattern to keep it interesting. This one caught my eye. I tend to like a lot of medium toned cloth, but then have to make sure there is enough contrast with my medium gray trou.

 

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I have a P&H very similar to this -- it is very versatile
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post #28 of 51
I would be careful with Harris, guys. It's really thick and warm. Nice stuff but somewhat impractical unless you live somewhere really cold and/or spend a lot time out of doors. Shetland is more versatile.
post #29 of 51
Thread Starter 

Thanks Manton. I would probably burn up in the Harris. Any advice on who makes a good shetland?

 

 

post #30 of 51

At risk of perhaps playing Devil's Advocate and taking the thread off-topic, it seems we're reaching an warm and fuzzy consensus (which I agree with) that solid non-navy odd jackets look best when either in a fairly heavily textured fabric/weave or have a faint other pattern but are functionally solid from a distance.

 

Why then is there such wide general acceptance of flat-looking worsted solid navy blazers? While traditionally one might argue that navy blazers should have texture (I think they were made in a serge originally, so would have had at least a moderately prominent weave), most RTW blazers these days are a very flat - IMO boring - smooth worsted finish. It's not as if SF is a lone island immune to this either. At least, judging from various pics posted over the years, for "proper" blazers, many remain fond of flat-looking blazers still, even when there is the opportunity to order a rougher/textured or subtly patterned finish. I think if I were to get a true navy blazer (as opposed to occasionally using half a summer suit with cream MOP buttons as one occasionally), I would definitely want a significant extra interest to the fabric. Anyway, I'm curious as to whether there is a divergence between navy and non-navy odd jacket feeling?


Edited by Holdfast - 7/19/11 at 11:57am
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