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Best navy blue blazer for $250 or less?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm looking to buy my first blazer. I would be wearing it casually with khakis or possibly jeans more often than with dress pants.

 

I was thinking of buying the Jos. A Banks Signature model for $238:

http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_357191

 

although that has gold buttons. I would want to change those to something less flashy and that would add to the expense. Also I was considering the Traveler tailored fit:

http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_357155

 

I would almost consider the Signature Gold model for $330 but with alterations it would be too much for me.

 

Are there any others that you would recommend in the $250 or under price range?

post #2 of 15
Buy something off ebay or B&S and have it tailored.
post #3 of 15
I have two navy blazers that were under $250 each. One was from Wizard of Ahs (formerly and ebay seller now has his own web site) and the other was a HSM Gold Trumper on clearance sale at Dillards. I'd peg them as equal in quality of materials and construction. The Wiz has brass buttons and the HSM has pewter. A little tailoring and they fit great.
post #4 of 15
Go to yoox.com and find a Corneliani blazer. I picked up the one I have off there last year for around that price in a year-round weight. Full-canvassed, pick-stitching, etc. Looks great.
post #5 of 15
All the recommendations above are for people who know what they're doing AND don't want to pay a lot. At $250, the OP should going to be to somewhere like BR or Jcrew where he can try it on.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Is there anything better than the Jos A Banks, that's easy to find without hunting on eBay, classifieds, or rare sales?

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by styletert View Post

Is there anything better than the Jos A Banks, that's easy to find without hunting on eBay, classifieds, or rare sales?

See the post right above yours by Liquidus.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Liquidus View Post

All the recommendations above are for people who know what they're doing AND don't want to pay a lot. At $250, the OP should going to be to somewhere like BR or Jcrew where he can try it on.

 

J Crew Ludlows run ~$425

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by GeorgeCostanza View Post

J Crew Ludlows run ~$425

Did you actually look at their website?

Here's the Ludlow blazer for $388. They also seem to have a 30% off sale.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

The J Crew Ludlow looks like it might be too narrow in the midsection for me.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Liquidus View Post

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Originally Posted by GeorgeCostanza View Post

J Crew Ludlows run ~$425

Did you actually look at their website?

Here's the Ludlow blazer for $388. They also seem to have a 30% off sale.

 

That's my bad. Was going by in-store price.

post #12 of 15
I would not necessarily believe that picture is the really the fit of Jcrew.
post #13 of 15
Check outlets. I found a solid navy Polo (Made in Italy) SC for 298 at a recent sale (down from $1500).

C21 also had solid navy blazers by Altea for 299; I think they're half canvassed.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

I went to a J Crew store and tried on the Ludlow suit jackets since they didn't have the blazer. They seemed to fit well, with just enough room in the midsection. Which is higher quality (construction, longevity etc) between the Jos A Banks (I'd probably go with the Traveler tailored fit) or the J Crew?

post #15 of 15
Have you tried on the JAB blazer?

Pick the one that fits you better.
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