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Need help with choosing navy sport's jacket

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Plan A:

 

http://us.topman.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33059&storeId=13051&productId=9966118&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=447497&parent_categoryId=&pageSize=200&refinements=category~[1070102|447497]&noOfRefinements=1

 

or 

 

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/Ludlowsportcoats/PRDOVR~21509/21509.jsp

 

 

Topman's jacket is $100 while Jcrew's jacket is $290. I know everybody thinks material such as polyester is a big no-no, but given that Jcrew's version is close to 3x the amount and this jacket will be worn sparingly, do you think it's worth the jump? I know the navy sport's jacket is a staple item but I'm not sure if I'm going to wear it enough to justify the price. Topman's material is trash, but the cutting fits me nicely. 

 

Plan B:

 

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/UnconstructedLudlowSportcoats/PRDOVR~56083/56083.jsp

 

The unconstructed navy jacket is $120. It's more casual and I guess it's less versatile since it can't be dressed up like the wool blazer.  


Edited by docka - 6/24/13 at 7:31am
post #2 of 15

In what occasions will you wear said jacket?

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

I didn't think off any specific occasion, so I guess something casual will suffice - basically throw it on and head out type of jacket. If its overly formal, I can always break out a suit. 

 

It's just a piece I was merely thinking of adding to my wardrobe, so I had versatility in mind, but I wasn't sure whether 3x the price (JCREW wool jacket) was justifiable. I think it will be a splurge in the context of what I'm going to use it for. 

post #4 of 15

In any case, I do not think any jacket from topman is worth purchasing. Their jackets are cut comically short and are polyester. 

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by jaywhyy View Post

In any case, I do not think any jacket from topman is worth purchasing. Their jackets are cut comically short and are polyester. 

The length looks a little short from the picture as well. Usually the tail is a bit longer I presume. 

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by docka View Post

Plan A:

[URL=http://us.topman.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33059&storeId=13051&productId=9966118&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=447497&parent_categoryId=&pageSize=200&refinements=category~[1070102|447497]&noOfRefinements=1]http://us.topman.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33059&storeId=13051&productId=9966118&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=447497&parent_categoryId=&pageSize=200&refinements=category~[1070102|447497]&noOfRefinements=1[/URL]

or 

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/Ludlowsportcoats/PRDOVR~21509/21509.jsp


Topman's jacket is $100 while Jcrew's jacket is $290. I know everybody thinks material such as polyester is a big no-no, but given that Jcrew's version is close to 3x the amount and this jacket will be worn sparingly, do you think it's worth the jump? I know the navy sport's jacket is a staple item but I'm not sure if I'm going to wear it enough to justify the price. Topman's material is trash, but the cutting fits me nicely. 

Plan B:

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/UnconstructedLudlowSportcoats/PRDOVR~56083/56083.jsp

The unconstructed navy jacket is $120. It's more casual and I guess it's less versatile since it can't be dressed up like the wool blazer.  

What size are you? I can proxy you a Corneliani ID navy SC for roughly $220 + tax (Canadian) - marked down from $1k +. I won't charge a proxy fee; just want to help a fellow SFer out.

Corneliani is a much better bet than the SCs above. The ID line is canvassed and made in Italy.
post #7 of 15
The proxy offer is open to all btw.
post #8 of 15
Avoid the TopMan jacket. It will probably look and feel cheap and you won't like wearing it. It could well be a classic "bargain" purchase that ends up sitting in your closet collecting dust. For dressing up, the cotton jacket from J Crew IMO is a poor substitute. It may get some use for casual wear but it is not that versatile. I can't attest to the quality of J Crew, but of the choices you provided, the wool blazer is by far the best option.

The real question is whether you want to pay $300 for a navy blazer. To me $300 for a versatile wardrobe staple that could last a long time makes a lot of sense. YMMV. If you're not ready to spend that much, then perhaps hold off on getting a navy jacket at all. It's a wardrobe staple but there's a price point below which you will struggle to find something that is well made.
post #9 of 15
No polyester product is worth buying.
post #10 of 15
No polyester product is worth buying.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

No polyester product is worth buying.

I would qualify this by saying some 'travel' blazers contain a small amount of polyester to prevent wrinkling. RLBL and Samuelsohn both do this. For travel purposes, this is acceptable imo.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

no votes so far? I guess it's a no-go for topman, but the cotton vs wool jacket is debatable? 

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by docka View Post

no votes so far? I guess it's a no-go for topman, but the cotton vs wool jacket is debatable? 

You really haven't provided good options. For $290 you can find something way better than JCrew.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by othertravel View Post


You really haven't provided good options. For $290 you can find something way better than JCrew.

I'll look into it. Thanks. 

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

No polyester product is worth buying.

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