Originally Posted by katabatic
Perhaps we can move the thread back to something approaching civilized and useful.
I agree on that jacket -- to be worn with jeans I think it would be better with no shoulder extension, little or no padding, and definitely not a shirred sleeve head. Inspiration, not xerox-ing :).
Both jackets I posted have no padding. The Isaia has a very little bit of canvassing (one layer of haircloth going down only as far as the top button, and two layers in the shoulder), and I'd actually be much happier with it if it were 1/2" narrower in the shoulders (there's a tiny bit of wadding there to define the shoulder a little). The other one has no structuring whatsoever, just a bit of interfacing behind the pockets so the stitching doesn't pull through.
Good points - nice to see your fit getting some love over in SW&D too!
On breaking suits - I think the questions of whether this should be done or not come down to:
1. Pattern - there are particular patterns associated with suiting like chalk or pinstripes that should really be avoided on jackets to be worn as separates;
2. Material - rougher fabrics are suitable for casual suits designed to be worn both together and as separates; worsted wools and so on generally are not;
3. Cut - looser, less structured etc.;
4. Pocket style - patch pockets being the obvious marker of informality with flapped or jetted pockets usually indicating an inappropriate suit jacket for use as a separate.
It's perfectly possible to get suits that you can separate, or even have them made as such, as was especially popular (or at least, often done) in the interwar period, particular when we're talking country / informal / workingman's styles of suit. Some small companies produce clothes of this kind still - Old Town is a key example, which has been reviving British workwear - I love their Vauxhall trousers. I also have high hopes for their new Japanese-targeted mass-produced label (actually the revivial of an old label), Holdfast. When their stuff is available here, I will get hold of some immediately!
The main point here is that just wearing any worsted suit jacket with jeans generally looks bad, but there's no reason why you can't break a loose-cut tweed suit for example.