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post #1 of 12
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Hello, everyone.

With the weather warming up, I'm looking for a casual jacket/sport coat. Mostly, I'm looking for something I could wear with a pair of good denim or corduroy pants.

In the past, I have worn a corduroy jacket (something along the lines of this one, only a little more casual and slimmer, and the shoulders weren't as stiff) and I have a pseudo casual tweed jacket that's light brown + gray.

I'm looking for recommendations on good materials, patterns and styles (and brands, of course) for casual wear -- something that I can wear with my girlfriend when we're out at dinner, but preferably also something that I could wear to a casual outing with a client or a colleague (the latter is nice, but negotiable). For the most part, I spend a lot of time in Chicago and New York, so I'd like something that can also keep me reasonably warm in these cities (from a utility perspective).

To provide you some context, I'm a mid-twenties guy, a little on the short side and I wear a 38s jacket. Budget? That's a good question, I'd say 500, but I'm willing to go double that if I find something that I really like.
post #2 of 12
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I'd say 500, but I'm willing to go double that .
Well then, should we just say 1k........ or split the difference?
post #3 of 12
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Well then, should we just say 1k........ or split the difference?

Hahaha. Well, I guess ideally I'd like to not spend more than 500, but if I really saw something that I liked and could potentially last long (and pay for itself), then I'm willing to pay more.

Sorry, should have been clearer.
post #4 of 12
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No answers?

(And for the record, I did use the search function - unfortunately, couldn't find a whole lot.)

Cheers.
post #5 of 12
I'll second the OP's question. Similar build, probably looking to spend closer to 200-300 instead.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Metlin View Post
Hello, everyone.

With the weather warming up, I'm looking for a casual jacket/sport coat.

I have a pseudo casual tweed jacket that's light brown + gray.

I spend a lot of time in Chicago and New York, so I'd like something that can also keep me reasonably warm in these cities (from a utility perspective).
You're asking a lot from a single garment. You began your thread by pointing out that the weather is warming up, so I thought you were asking for recommendations on a good summer-weight sport coat. But then you ended by saying that you want one that will keep you warm, too. Instead of paying a thousand bucks for a single coat that can't really perform both funtions, perhaps you should by two coats for $500 each -- one light and one heavy.

Here's another idea. Since you already own a pseudo casual tweed, which I presume is reasonably warm as sport coats go, then I suggest that you add to your wardrobe a light-weight blazer for summer wear. You can always put a sweater under it on cool evenings.
post #7 of 12
I agree you could get a spring summer type of blazer, maybe half lined if a wool fabric... Chino blazers are pretty popular this year or better yet seersucker.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Threadbearer View Post
You're asking a lot from a single garment. You began your thread by pointing out that the weather is warming up, so I thought you were asking for recommendations on a good summer-weight sport coat. But then you ended by saying that you want one that will keep you warm, too. Instead of paying a thousand bucks for a single coat that can't really perform both funtions, perhaps you should by two coats for $500 each -- one light and one heavy.

Here's another idea. Since you already own a pseudo casual tweed, which I presume is reasonably warm as sport coats go, then I suggest that you add to your wardrobe a light-weight blazer for summer wear. You can always put a sweater under it on cool evenings.

Well, here's the thing - yesterday was the first day of spring, and today, we're supposed to have 6-8 inches of snow.

Ideally, I'd like to say that I'd wear it only as a spring jacket, but sometimes, it does tend to get windy/cold, even on a splendid spring day.

I do like your suggestion about getting a light weight blazer -- any ideas on what's casual and looks good?
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Fashion Savant View Post
I agree you could get a spring summer type of blazer, maybe half lined if a wool fabric...


Chino blazers are pretty popular this year or better yet seersucker.

Chino blazers - there's a thought. I'll probably have to check some out.

I could always combine those with a sweater, as the other poster suggested.
post #10 of 12
Buy a few of the current men's magazines.. For the pictures not the articles.
post #11 of 12
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You're asking a lot from a single garment.

Yes. In addition, your line of work is an unknown variable. Probably it's best to avoid cotton or other materials that wrinkle easily. Perhaps a two-button wool/silk (70/30) jacket in camel or olive (it would help to know your personal coloring) with a subtle check or windowpane pattern (and, unlike the picture shown, no ticket pocket) would prove versatile. It's hard to recommend a specific line or model without seeing what you look like.
post #12 of 12
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Yes. In addition, your line of work is an unknown variable.

I'm a consultant - so, I travel a lot, and interact with clients on a very regular basis (i.e. 5/7). I'm in management/strategy consulting, so a lot of the people that I interact with tend to be senior executives (maybe not C-level, but usually Directors/VPs and above). Hence the need for something that doesn't look cheesy/cheap.

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Perhaps a two-button wool/silk (70/30) jacket in camel or olive (it would help to know your personal coloring) with a subtle check or windowpane pattern (and, unlike the picture shown, no ticket pocket) would prove versatile. It's hard to recommend a specific line or model without seeing what you look like.

Well, I rather like the combination that you suggested. I'm brown/tan-ish, and here's a picture.

Does that help?
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