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Just bought double breasted navy Brioni jacket for $600. One problem...

post #1 of 14
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I'm 5'5 40S with a large upper body and tiny waist and no matter how hard I try I will never look good in a double breasted jacket. Ay reason why I'm wrong here? Should I even bother keeping the jacket? Here's a link:

http://www.myhabit.com/homepage?ref_=pe_218440_26994710#page=d&dept=men&sale=A3LDBYGSE0U1V2&asin=B0098QDZTA&cAsin=B0098QE1QQ&ref=qd_b_img_d_24
post #2 of 14
If the jacket does not make you feel comfortable or feel good in it, unless you are a brandwhore, you should not keep it.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Man View Post

If the jacket does not make you feel comfortable or feel good in it, unless you are a brandwhore, you should not keep it.

Well, to be honest, I've never owned a double breasted jacket but I'm just sort of relying on conventional wisdom. But I do like the way they look and was hoping for true encouraging words, if they exist
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Originally Posted by Manhappenin View Post


Well, to be honest, I've never owned a double breasted jacket but I'm just sort of relying on conventional wisdom. But I do like the way they look and was hoping for true encouraging words, if they exist

"Conventional Wisdom." Read as: "Bro' Science" or "Group Think."

 

Try the jacket on and decide for yourself. Some random internet guy, who's never seen you, can't tell you whether a jacket looks good on you or not.

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Originally Posted by Manhappenin View Post

I'm 5'5 40S with a large upper body and tiny waist and no matter how hard I try I will never look good in a double breasted jacket. Ay reason why I'm wrong here? Should I even bother keeping the jacket? Here's a link:
http://www.myhabit.com/homepage?ref_=pe_218440_26994710#page=d&dept=men&sale=A3LDBYGSE0U1V2&asin=B0098QDZTA&cAsin=B0098QE1QQ&ref=qd_b_img_d_24

If "no matter how hard I try I will never look good in a double breasted jacket" why have you been so senseless as to buy it and why are you asking. If you are not comfortable in it you will feel wrong and never give of your best in any situation.

The Internet is not the place to come for any form of reassurance and certainly cannot change your instinct. No one here is either you, going to wear it.

The page to which that link extends shows a desperately ill dressed model with a coat which is far too short so don't take ideas from there.
post #6 of 14
So you bought the jacket because it is a Brioni and you got it for $600.00. Are you saying that you have tried it on and you do not like the way it looks?

If you don't like it, send it back.

There is no way that anyone can provide an opinion on the fit one way or the other without you posting a pic of yourself.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Manhappenin View Post

Well, to be honest, I've never owned a double breasted jacket but I'm just sort of relying on conventional wisdom. But I do like the way they look and was hoping for true encouraging words, if they exist

Can you specify what conventional wisdom you refer to?
post #8 of 14
Skip that jacket. A navy DB blazer/jacket is going to look odd and more like you are missing the suit pants, IMO. DB is such a rarity that I think you would want it to be a clear seperation from suit jacket to blazer and navy isn't enough to do that, though the fabric might(I'd be shocked though). If this is some "I need a DB coat" thought I'd really look at something else and if it's a Brioni thing you are just going to buy a jacket that will take up space till you sell it later at a loss.
post #9 of 14
Aside from your fit issues, the jacket that you show is too short and trendy looking.
I always think that a DB jacket/suit lends a measure of gravitas to the wearer.
This example doesn't and will look very dated in a few seasons.

As for comfort, years ago I had a DB blue blazer from Paul Stuart.
It looked great on me but I was never really comforatble in it -
always having to keep it buttoned, etc. I got rid of it after a year or
two. Never got a DB jacket again.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post

Can you specify what conventional wisdom you refer to?

That short men should not wear db jackets
post #11 of 14
I fail to see where $600 comes to play in any of this. Jacket doesn't look good on you, return it move on...

Why even consider asking us if we can't even be the judge of it due to lack of pictures with you donning the jacket.
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post

Aside from your fit issues, the jacket that you show is too short and trendy looking.
I always think that a DB jacket/suit lends a measure of gravitas to the wearer.
This example doesn't and will look very dated in a few seasons.

Agree.

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Originally Posted by Manhappenin View Post

That short men should not wear db jackets

It gets progressively harder to pull off a DB jacket the shorter you are, no doubt about that, but you only have to look to Bogart and Astaire to see that it's perfectly doable.
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Originally Posted by Saturdays View Post

I fail to see where $600 comes to play in any of this. Jacket doesn't look good on you, return it move on...
Why even consider asking us if we can't even be the judge of it due to lack of pictures with you donning the jacket.

I'll post some pics when the jacket arrives
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post

Aside from your fit issues, the jacket that you show is too short and trendy looking.
I always think that a DB jacket/suit lends a measure of gravitas to the wearer.
This example doesn't and will look very dated in a few seasons.
As for comfort, years ago I had a DB blue blazer from Paul Stuart.
It looked great on me but I was never really comforatble in it -
always having to keep it buttoned, etc. I got rid of it after a year or
two. Never got a DB jacket again.

That might not necessarily be true. The model in the link is 6'2" and he's wearing a 40S? For the OP who's 5'5", the sizing might be ok. Given his proportions, however, he might look top heavy with a DB and add to the short effect, IOW, a DB jacket is probably not his best choice.
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