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My first sportcoat!

post #1 of 10
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I'm going to get my first sportcoat. It's actually something of a "test" to give my tailor to see whether or not he can pull off the "pagoda shoulders" displayed by some Neapolitan jackets. That having been said, I'm wondering what a good starter color/pattern would be. I'm looking for something that looks like it belongs on a sportcoat, but isn't flashy or memorable enough so it can survive being worn more than once a week.
post #2 of 10
summer or winter sport coat?
post #3 of 10
Although Phil's question is a good one, you might think of a year-round item, as you don't seem to need a lot of jackets. A single-breasted navy cashmere blazer with or without metal buttons might make sense.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I was thinking about a year-round, although one for the upcoming winter wouldn't be so bad.
post #5 of 10
agree, if its going to be worn more than once a week, you might think of a plain navy coat. otherwise you will quickly be known as the guy in the plaid coat or the guy in the houndstooth coat, etc.
post #6 of 10
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Anyone have any success with non-blazer buttons for a plain navy coat? There aren't too many blazer-wearers here, and to me brass buttons are just a little too blingin' for my tastes.
post #7 of 10
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I'm going to get my first sportcoat. It's actually something of a "test" to give my tailor to see whether or not he can pull off the "pagoda shoulders" displayed by some Neapolitan jackets. That having been said, I'm wondering what a good starter color/pattern would be. I'm looking for something that looks like it belongs on a sportcoat, but isn't flashy or memorable enough so it can survive being worn more than once a week.
Alias (great avatar, by the way, though I miss your old one), What do you mean by "pagoda" shoulders? I haven't heard that term before.
post #8 of 10
there are lots of options for buttons other than brass. I agree with you, those shiny brass buttons are a bit much for me. My blue blazer is Oxxford, and has really cool looking antique brass buttons that dont even look brass. You can get all manners of buttons from button stores that are acceptable to wear. some people like to wear buttons that have their college insignia, and others wear buttons with dogs or birds or something similar. Be creative, there are millions of choices.
post #9 of 10
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Anyone have any success with non-blazer buttons for a plain navy coat? There aren't too many blazer-wearers here, and to me brass buttons are just a little too blingin' for my tastes.
A Harris posted on this forum that he always removes the brass buttons. I have a navy cashmere unconstructed blazer without brass buttons that I wear with the same accessories as my brass buttoned blazers. Roetzel, the fashion writer, on the other hand, says they're necessary to be a blazer. If your wardrobe is prep (buttondown shirts etc), I'd say go with the brass buttons. If it's not, and you don't like them, there's no requirement.
post #10 of 10
I had my navy blazer made with grey MOP buttons. Came out pretty sharp. I little more sleek and less prep-schoolish than the traditional gold buttons.
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