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post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Superfluous View Post

No, you should not have bought one from the thrift store, however, you make a lot of mistakes early on... I sure did. So it's better to make mistakes on cheaper clothes than expensive clothes.

Well, you can occasionally find good deals in thrift stores so I wouldn't totally rule it out. I live in Boston and there are a couple thrift stores that sell Zegna, Brioni, and some other nice brands.

Sir Tristan: Just find a quality tailor because they'll have a wide range of buttons in varying qualities.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by SirTristan View Post

I'm trying to figure out what brick and mortars would sell various styles of buttons for a blazer. Would a department store offer them or a would have to go to a boutique? Can I get some suggestions please?

 

Any tailor (or alterationist) should have a selection of buttons to replace the ones that came with your jacket.  It sounds like you're getting it altered anyways, so have them done at that point as well.  Also, tons of buttons available on eBay and the like.

post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by shiggles View Post

Why is that not a blazer?  Because it doesn't have metal buttons?

I was planning on measuring a suit jacket I own that fits me well and comparing measurements to see if this "blazer" would fit me.

 

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Originally Posted by Fraiche View Post

Yes.

A blazer need not have metal buttons. The jacket linked looks like the buttons may be mother-of-pearl, a perfectly acceptable material for blazer buttons (all of my blazers have smoked MOP buttons, as I much prefer them to metal, especially gold). I found a local button store by searching "buttons" on a smart-phone app. You could also search the web or try www.bensilver.com. IIRC, they source their buttons from Benson and Clegg: http://www.bensonandclegg.com/shop/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=lscv1sm9tu749a8lo6fm7oihs1
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by thinman View Post

A blazer need not have metal buttons. The jacket linked looks like the buttons may be mother-of-pearl, a perfectly acceptable material for blazer buttons (all of my blazers have smoked MOP buttons, as I much prefer them to metal, especially gold). I found a local button store by searching "buttons" on a smart-phone app. You could also search the web or try www.bensilver.com. IIRC, they source their buttons from Benson and Clegg: http://www.bensonandclegg.com/shop/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=lscv1sm9tu749a8lo6fm7oihs1

Traditionally, what makes a jacket a blazer are the metal buttons (and sometimes patch pockets). MOP is acceptable for buttons but that makes it a sportcoat.
post #20 of 26

blazers are brilliant garments. they aren't too formal and they aren't too casual.

 

for those middle of the road occasions, I wear: http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=4907

/snagged it on the bay for $40 a year or so ago

post #21 of 26
"It's a blazer", "It's not a blazer".

post #22 of 26
Not to hijack this thread, but I want to get a seasonal blue blazer made this month, and was wondering what winter weight fabrics people preferred. Any opinions?
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

"It's a blazer", "It's not a blazer". Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Exactly, Mike. People can search and find out for themselves what truly makes a jacket a blazer. It's not a debate I choose to get into.
I posted my 2 go-to online button sources and a way to find local sources.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by js4design View Post

Not to hijack this thread, but I want to get a seasonal blue blazer made this month, and was wondering what winter weight fabrics people preferred. Any opinions?
Maybe hopsack - lighter than worsted wool and a good weight for fall, in my opinion. But get worsted wool if you want something you can wear throughout the entire winter, probably.
post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 

So I received the garment, which I am now calling a SPORT COAT :), this morning.  It fits tremendously well.  Honestly, better than I thought it would.  I don't think I'm going to even need to have it altered.

 

It obviously isn't the finest of quality garments, but since I am really only going to sport this for casual events, I'm not too worried.

 

Thanks for your help, everybody!

post #26 of 26
I go with a 3 season dark/midnight navy with my undergrad crest as the blazer buttons and a summer cotton blazer with white MoP buttons. Darted double-vented due to my body type...
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