Hello everyone, been reading this forum a lot the past year and improving my wardrobe. At the moment, I'm getting by with a really nice navy blazer at work and at functions. Looking to pick up a nice gray suit in a year or so (dont really need it just yet, a dress shirt and either a sweater or a suit jacket/blazer is standard dress code at my job, only when visiting clients is a suit really necessary). But thats not really what this thread is about. Tried finding this information by searching but I couldnt really pick up enough from what I found.
What I'm looking for is a jacket/blazer/sport coat to wear out drinking with my buddies (some of whom are still in college, some freshly graduated essentially). Been eyeing a few, mainly at H&M and MQ (another Swedish store, sort of like H&M only a smidge more expensive). But, firstly I'm having a bit of trouble deciding between the multitudes of different colors, styles and above all else, price levels. My blazer is reasonably pricey and sits like a charm, and my upcoming "work-suit" is probably not something im going to go easy on, but I got another goal in mind with this one.
What I'm looking for is not a jacket I can wear to work or to any formal event. What I'm looking for is a jacket that, while it fits nicely, and looks good, is also one that I dont have to be overly afraid of someone spilling beer on, getting lipstick on or getting sweaty from dancing in, some girl throwing up on my sleeve. Is it possible to look good on a night out with a €110 jacket(about what the most expensive H&M one costs here)? I wouldnt dream of wearing my blazer for a night out because of these concerns. Will be wearing it mostly with dress shirts, or maybe just T-shirts. Or should I step up from H&M a bit, and to what then? I dont think I would be comfortable wearing anything above €150 without being to cautious with it.
Also, what colors should I be on the lookout for, full black? dark gray? Would you wear a more patterned jacket out on rough party nights? A suit jacket, or a sport coat?
Another note, I will be travelling to the US (Miami to be specific) soon, since clothes usually end up costing about 60-70% in the US compared to what I'd have to pay in Sweden, I'd gladly be buying it in Miami, so don't be afraid of recommending US stores. (For instance, the most expensive H&M suit jacket costs $150 in the us, which is 950 swedish krona, whereas the same jacket costs 1300 swedish krona here in sweden..., I guess that gives me a budget of around $200)
On a side note, are turtlenecks with jackets completely dead, suitable only for when pretending to be from the 70ies? And can you wear a jacket with a madras type dress shirt? Probably not, right?