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post #1 of 12
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I'm wanting to add a bit more class to my casual dress by buying a jacket of some sort, I looked at this one:

but is that maybe a touch dark? (it isn't QUITE this dark when you see it in the flesh)

I'd wear it with various button down shirts and jeans or navy chinos.

I want to avoid navy, I think that'd look like I'm trying a bit too hard at my age.

post #2 of 12

Hi, its good you are wanting to do this.  There's nothing wrong with that coat. Some may say its a bit short, or the lapels are on the small side. If you like it, and it fits well, go for it. You might also consider looking at some herringbone or colored tweeds as well.  Just remember, the coat that gives you the most confidence is the one you wear the best.

post #3 of 12
I think you can do better than that one. I'd say look for a brownish tweed and something beigeish in cotton for summer if you're dead set against navy. Although once you are getting cotton nobody will think its fuddy duddy to get navy.
post #4 of 12

You're trying hard to avoid trying too hard with navy? If you're thrifting, aim for light gray or mid-brown tweed. Odder tweeds can work too -- I wear the hell out of an olive green one I found. Buying new (and dressing a touch more casually than I) and you might want an unconstructed brown corduroy jacket.

post #5 of 12

Tweed? He might get mistaken for the professor. 

post #6 of 12
Oh the horror.
post #7 of 12
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I'm wanting to add a bit more class to my casual dress by buying a jacket of some sort, I looked at this one:

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but is that maybe a touch dark? (it isn't QUITE this dark when you see it in the flesh)

I'd wear it with various button down shirts and jeans or navy chinos.

I want to avoid navy, I think that'd look like I'm trying a bit too hard at my age.

 Looks way too short.

post #8 of 12

I actually like the dark color however I agree with @FillW, it looks to be way too short. After all there's no point splashing out on a staple piece if it doesn't look quite right. If I were you I'd keep looking. Never fall into the trap of purchasing the first item you see.

post #9 of 12
Welcome to SF and good for you for trying to find a decent sport coat / odd jacket to improve your wardrobe. That coat looks too short and a grey herringbone odd jacket should not be your first. I love mine, but I don't wear it as often as some of my other jackets; it can be lovely but you need your first sport coat to be versatile. I'm not sure I understand the desire to avoid navy; I can see how a navy blazer with metal buttons might give off that vibe (though I never cared) for a really young guy, but a more casual navy jacket shouldn't do that and can be very versatile. If you are deadset against navy, go with a tan or brown color (maybe tweed).

It would also help us if you tell us what you would plan to wear this jacket or whichever jacket you buy with. Ultimately, you want your first odd jacket to work with as many different outfits as possible so you don't have to think too hard when you wear it. Once you have one, you can start to fill the gaps a bit more.
post #10 of 12

 I looked at a couple of department store webpages at the sportcoats they're offering and see a lot of young men modeling really short sportcoats.

post #11 of 12
If YOU like it, it will be fine with jeans. 99% of people you meet will not even notice it.
post #12 of 12
Looks fine to me. No need to overthink it.
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