Originally Posted by timr
Go read random articles is always helpful. Thank you for your wonderful contribution.
Well, first of all it's not really your thread, the OP asked legitimate questions in regard to being able to judge quality from something you can't try on/see in person. It went unanswered, but your "contributions" are unhelpful to the OP of this thread.
Second, he's not telling you to go read articles on quantum physics and then choose a style of jacket. He's suggesting that you take a look at styleforum 101 and the articles about style, construction and color combinations. Those are entirely relevant to your "questions." I would even suggest that you take a look at some of the image heavy-threads in order to get an idea of what people actually wear and then you'll be able to see something as clearly being outdated and something being worn currently.
Finally, you're just posting links to an assortment of eBay listings that are different colors, seasons, styles, fabrics and time periods. If you offered some direction as to what you want, where/when you'll use it and what you would like to spend, then maybe you would get an answer that you feel contributes to your "question."