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What comes after the navy blazer?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

I am building the basics in my wardrobe and I found a navy blazer that I am pleased with.

 

With that being said, what is the next must-have sport coat that I should begin looking for?

 

Thank you

post #2 of 29

Big, open question.

 

The hackneyed advice would be a blue odd jacket (brown buttons, so not a blazer) and a brown tweed.  But where do suits fit in?  What look are you aspiring to?  What is your work dress code?, &c. &c.
 

post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by Balfour View Post

where do suits fit in?  What look are you aspiring to?  What is your work dress code?

Once these question have been answered it would be easy to make a suggestion.

Assuming you will try to wear the blazer throughout the year if possible, tweed would be a good option; however, colour and pattern would depend on your style.
post #4 of 29
Tweed is climate specific. I will never add tweed to my wardrobe while I continue to live in the southwest desert.

I like light grey. But I also don't like patterned cloth too much.
post #5 of 29
In what context will you be wearing this garment?
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Balfour View Post

Big, open question.

 

The hackneyed advice would be a blue odd jacket (brown buttons, so not a blazer) and a brown tweed.  But where do suits fit in?  What look are you aspiring to?  What is your work dress code?, &c. &c.
 

 

The look I am working towards is a simple and classic style by building a collection of more timeless pieces. My work environment is business casual so suits will be rarely employed, but I want to rise above the mundane slacks and dress shirt. WIth that being said I do live in south Texas so some of the heavier fabrics don't have nearly the utility here that they would elsewhere.

 

I did invest in a navy blazer that I am pleased with but I am not sure what is the next "must have" coat to incorporate.

post #7 of 29
Don't get another coat until you have good shoes. Two of the following styles should get you through most occasions(links are for illustrating different styles; not recommending you purchase Alden):

http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/990.jpg
http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/C906.jpg
http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/alden.962.jpg
http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/975.jpg
http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/984.jpg

You will only need brown for now.

You teach in South Texas. Get the chino's, lightweight mid grey flannels and blue shirts before you worry about the other jacket.

But if you insist, and are close to Houston, the Ralph Lauren store has this tweed jacket

http://www.ralphlauren.com/contentPopup/index.jsp?productId=12561229

for close to $200. It is a good weight for South Texas in the winter.
post #8 of 29

I'd go for a mid-blue odd jacket, then light or mid-grey, then either brown or green.

 

I agree with Withaque about the shoes, trousers, and shirts. 

 

Shoes; dark brown oxfords; mid-brown monks or loafers

 

Trousers: off-white cotton chinos for summer, mid-grey flannels for cooler weather

 

Shirts: white, cream, light blue solids; and a couple of blue/white checks and stripes

post #9 of 29

try an unstructured grey sport coat

post #10 of 29
Grey odd jacket? Eh... I wouldn't.
post #11 of 29
Grey would be my 5th or 6th choice - though a nice herringbone could work

I would start with a second, different blue coat - if you have a lightweight blazer, then get a heavier, textured one (flannel, or donegal). If your navy coat is a winter weight, then try getting a fresco or linen coat. In fact, there are probably three or four essentials right there

Next I would go for a classic tweed, or tweed-like (moonbeam, glorious twelfth) check coat. Or a plain donegal / breanish tweed in green or brown

Having covered these basics I would probably go for some unlined, lightweight summer coat (plain linens, gunclub checks)

Then I would consider a grey odd coat

R-O-T
post #12 of 29
I was watching this on the weekend and thought "how do I not have this jacket?". Hard to tell from the pic, it's grey herringbone.


Edited by Cant kill da Rooster - 8/14/12 at 7:53am
post #13 of 29
Harry Callahan is one of my sartorial heroes - tweed sportscoats, natural coloured baracuta, suede chukkas, cardigans, Magnum 45......
post #14 of 29
Tweed, definitely.
post #15 of 29
The man's in South Texas, tweed seems a bit optimistic to me. I don't break it out unless we go under 60 degrees. Fabrics you'd be looking at are tropical wool (8-10oz), fresco, linen or gabardine. In terms of colours and patterns: you have blue, so I'd look at brown or tan. Think about subtle patterns, PoWs, small gun clubs or houndstooth checks. No large and colourful plaids unless your workspace is in a trailer with the motor running.

One other thing. I don't get the tough love on grey herringbone on this forum, especially in an informal context. It goes very well with denim and some colours of chino.
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