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Originally Posted by DanielByron View Post
 

A typical church outfit, a suit generally as it is very formal but sport coats and elegant jackets with pants are also very acceptable. 

 

Approximate budget for an outfit, would be 800 USD.

 

Thanks for getting back to me Ac

 

One thing that I, and most others on this site and in this thread in particular, would advise against is thinking in terms of outfits.

 

You should be thinking in terms of clothing items that are versatile, that can be coordinated with many other items in your wardrobe.

 

It is for this reason, for example, why nearly everyone will suggest that you purchase a couple of pairs of grey (mid-grey and possibly also light grey) trousers. You will be able to combine them with nearly any odd jacket that you can wear.

 

Search around on the site, there is lots of content regarding basic wardrobe building, and this thread is great for bouncing ideas around.

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I understand, ill focus on the color coding more then, so that my pieces could be more flexible in being interchangeable with one another.

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This thread seems to have died without that nutjob Noodles.

 

I switched jobs and now can wear OJT at the office and suits at the clients' offices.

 

Someone was nice enough to buy this for me as a present. The problem is that I don't have a jacket to go with it. 

 

Suggestions on the jacket?

 

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^You still don't have a navy blue Sport Coat, right?

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Blue Flannel would be nice, yes.

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OJT?

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OJT=odd jacket and trousers

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Originally Posted by DanielByron View Post
 

I understand, ill focus on the color coding more then, so that my pieces could be more flexible in being interchangeable with one another.


Glad you found this thread.

 

Here's a suggestion. Find a well-fitting navy blazer and two pairs of wool trousers, one mid-grey and perhaps mid-to-light-brown (enough contrast with the navy). Or mid-grey and a lighter grey. Weight will depend on season. Flannels or twills are great for winter, hopsack or fresco for spring/summer.

 

As long as a suit is not required for church, then that provides a lot of diversity, sort of classic pairings with ties (keep to simple ties too). The blazer ideally would have patch pockets (so you could dress down with a smart shirt without tie) but really, fit is paramount. A well fitting jacket for $100 will go a much longer way than an ill-fitting jacket for much more.

 

A nice mid brown SC for fall would be very useful IMO. Solids, and slight textures (e.g herringbone) would be good. Depending on the coat, I could see wearing it with jeans but certainly, both jackets would work with more casual trousers (khaki's, cords, moleskin, linen mixes etc. again varying with season). This would let you go a long way.

 

Avoid solid grey odd jackets for now. 

 

What I learned the hard way: go slowly, start with basics, focus on fit (if you are unsure, post pics here).

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Thank's for telling me about the thread, finding it very useful, added the suggestions to my list, ill go and look for something which I like, although I wanted to ask what the SC stands for ?

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Originally Posted by DanielByron View Post
 

Thank's for telling me about the thread, finding it very useful, added the suggestions to my list, ill go and look for something which I like, although I wanted to ask what the SC stands for ?

Sport Coat

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Originally Posted by Bill Dlwgosh View Post

^You still don't have a navy blue Sport Coat, right?
No. Unfortunately. I want a navy based jacket. No solids but patterned
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Originally Posted by Isolation View Post

Blue Flannel would be nice, yes.
Hello, Iso. Yes, I would luv to get a flannel.
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

OJT=odd jacket and trousers
Coorect! And that is why Sugar gets paid the big bucks.
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This thread seems to have died without that nutjob Noodles.

 

I switched jobs and now can wear OJT at the office and suits at the clients' offices.

 

Someone was nice enough to buy this for me as a present. The problem is that I don't have a jacket to go with it. 

 

Suggestions on the jacket?

 

 

I don't recall how well the Hudson fit you, but this would make a good blazersuit whose jacket will work with those trousers:

 

This Lazio might work (I'm trying to remember which cuts worked best for your body type)

 

 

There wasn't really any jackets that look rough and dark enough to go with those pants on the SuSu website. and I pretty much only know that SuSu and (some) Formosa fit you well.

 

If Havana worked for you, this would have been great:

http://statics.suitsupply.com/images/products/Jackets/zoom/Jackets_Blue_Plain_Havana_C927_Suitsupply_Online_Store_5.jpg

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That Lazio (middle) has subtle patterns. I do not want a solid sc for sure.
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Thread Starter 

And Lazio is one of the two cuts that fit you very well if I recall (the other being La Spalla?)

 

And I think the texture is rough enough that it could work easily as an OJ

 

http://statics.suitsupply.com/images/products/Suits/zoom/Suits_Blue_Check_Lazio_P4743_Suitsupply_Online_Store_2.jpg

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@DanielByron, as others have said, it's best to think of building a wardrobe rather than buying outfits or kopping cool pieces. It's worth bearing in mind that (assuming you can afford it), a garment that costs twice as much as another but can be worn with fen times as many things is actually a bargain.

The basics list from the "if you do not own the follow things..." thread (http://www.styleforum.net/t/309783/if-you-do-not-own-the-following-things-you-are-not-well-dressed/0_100) is a great place to start:
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-a blue odd jacket. If you live in a two-season climate, then two, one for warmth and one for the cold
-mid gray flannel pants
-decent, non-chino khakis
-at least one funky (but tasteful!) non-blue tweed jacket
-a mid to dark gray worsted single-breasted suit
-a navy worsted single breasted suit
-a white FC shirt
-several blue BC shirts, at least one BD
-black stitch caps
-some tasteful brown oxfords (exact configuration up to you)
-loafers in medium brown calf, suede or shell or else burg shell
-a solid black tie, knit or grenadine
-a solid navy tie, knit or grenadine
-a plain white linen hanky

Compare your current wardrobe to that list. Figure out where the holes are, and which are the highest priorities based on your current lifestyle/work. Once you've settled on one item or a few, SF can help you figure out where to get it at the desired price point.

The basics are hard to get on discount (though it can be done), but it's worth paying retail for the use you'll get out of them.

Buy clothes that fit and get them tailored to fit better.
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