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Suit jacket with different pants?

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Thread Starter 
What's the consensus? Sartorial suicide?
post #2 of 13
in most cases yes (it's suicide)... but that being said most people won't even notice. So it's sort of a bad idea if you work with people who know their stuff; if it's the unwashed masses, not so much.

also depends a bit on the suit jacket. Particularly the fabric, lapel type, pocket setup, buttons, etc.

So say a 2 button notch lapel jacket in a thicker fabric or with a pattern (not stripes) is doable in theory, might have to change out the buttons to something else...



TLDR - it depends
Edited by Master-Classter - 9/8/13 at 12:40pm
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for response. I agree, I'm not sure how well my plain navy blue jacket would work
post #4 of 13

Negative.

post #5 of 13

Why?

post #6 of 13
Bad idea.
post #7 of 13

Sorry, it's not quite as simple as 'no' or 'bad idea', although if in doubt, that is probably advice worth heeding. 

 

It's perfectly possible to break suits but only if the material, pattern and design is appropriate. So a casual, soft-shouldered suit with a rougher fabric with patch pockets might well be able to be split - Claghorn, I think, had a suit or two made recently on precisely this basis - but the jacket from a hard-shouldered worsted wool pinstripe with flapped pockets would look silly worn separately.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post
 

Sorry, it's not quite as simple as 'no' or 'bad idea', although if in doubt, that is probably advice worth heeding

 

It's perfectly possible to break suits but only if the material, pattern and design is appropriate. So a casual, soft-shouldered suit with a rougher fabric with patch pockets might well be able to be split - Claghorn, I think, had a suit or two made recently on precisely this basis - but the jacket from a hard-shouldered worsted wool pinstripe with flapped pockets would look silly worn separately.

Precisely.

 

Taking the most 'simple' case of suit splitting, a navy plain suit jacket:  can you simply switch over to metal buttons and use it as a blazer?  Possibly, but the cloth and other details are still unlikely to be right (although it may look no worse than many OTR blazers in hard worsteds).

 

OP, for a master class see this thread:

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/71198/the-amazing-blazer-suit/0_50

 

See the different details Manton used to distinguish this from a suit jacket (using fresco, linen or worsted flannel; patch pockets; swelled edges, etc.).  Of course, for this you're looking at bespoke or MTM, and my sense was that was not the basis for the OP's enquiry.

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post
 

Sorry, it's not quite as simple as 'no' or 'bad idea', although if in doubt, that is probably advice worth heeding. 

 

It's perfectly possible to break suits but only if the material, pattern and design is appropriate. So a casual, soft-shouldered suit with a rougher fabric with patch pockets might well be able to be split - Claghorn, I think, had a suit or two made recently on precisely this basis - but the jacket from a hard-shouldered worsted wool pinstripe with flapped pockets would look silly worn separately.

Like this?:nest:

why the umbrella, it was raining out. 

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

Sorry, it's not quite as simple as 'no' or 'bad idea', although if in doubt, that is probably advice worth heeding. 

It's perfectly possible to break suits but only if the material, pattern and design is appropriate. So a casual, soft-shouldered suit with a rougher fabric with patch pockets might well be able to be split - Claghorn, I think, had a suit or two made recently on precisely this basis - but the jacket from a hard-shouldered worsted wool pinstripe with flapped pockets would look silly worn separately.
Agreed.
I have a moleskin suit, and splitting it is a no-brainer lol8[1].gif
post #11 of 13
Didn't Vox have a navy suit made with open buttonholes and double sided, reversible buttons for this exact purpose?
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by NickPollica View Post

Didn't Vox have a navy suit made with open buttonholes and double sided, reversible buttons for this exact purpose?

 

Yes, indeed:  

http://www.styleforum.net/t/111076/the-swissarmysuit-a-sartorial-strip-tease/0_50

post #13 of 13

No.  Bad idea.

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