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Gentlemen. After hours of searching over the past few days I have come up trumps. I am in need of a blue blazer. I'd prefer something unlined, as I have no need for formal wear, and something with texture. I've strayed away from many suitable options in the past due to the current "shiny" nature of most suiting cloths in my price range. 

 

If you can be bothered helping me in my quest, this is what I was thinking so far:

 

I have a 37 inch chest, but with 38ish shoulders. A 38, or equivalent, is preferable.

Dark blue. Somewhere between navy and mid blue. Navy, for me, is too dark to wear as much as I'd like, and I'd also like to stay away from something too far into 'blogger blue'.

Unlined is preferable. I like the comfort as well as the informality. 

Linen or a linen blend is fine. I'm wanting it for the near future, and may be able to pick something up next end of season from UK/US sales.

Something that will come close to covering my ass. What's gone wrong in the world that jackets cant go past the waist these days?

A price somewhere around 250 would be nice. I'm still trying to live on a student budget. Much more than that and it ventures into the realm of where I figure I might as well get something made MTM.

 

I know that's a long list, but I'm grateful for any help anyone wants to provide. If you'll excuse me, I need a drink.

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Originally Posted by joiji View Post

Gentlemen. After hours of searching over the past few days I have come up trumps. I am in need of a blue blazer. I'd prefer something unlined, as I have no need for formal wear, and something with texture. I've strayed away from many suitable options in the past due to the current "shiny" nature of most suiting cloths in my price range. 

 

If you can be bothered helping me in my quest, this is what I was thinking so far:

 

I have a 37 inch chest, but with 38ish shoulders. A 38, or equivalent, is preferable.

Dark blue. Somewhere between navy and mid blue. Navy, for me, is too dark to wear as much as I'd like, and I'd also like to stay away from something too far into 'blogger blue'.

Unlined is preferable. I like the comfort as well as the informality. 

Linen or a linen blend is fine. I'm wanting it for the near future, and may be able to pick something up next end of season from UK/US sales.

Something that will come close to covering my ass. What's gone wrong in the world that jackets cant go past the waist these days?

A price somewhere around 250 would be nice. I'm still trying to live on a student budget. Much more than that and it ventures into the realm of where I figure I might as well get something made MTM.

 

I know that's a long list, but I'm grateful for any help anyone wants to provide. If you'll excuse me, I need a drink.

checked suit supply?

post #16653 of 57839
For walking, would trail runners not work just as well?
post #16654 of 57839
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Excuse my ignorance, but which uniqlo site? Just checked the UK site and it's still 90 odd pounds

and thats just a tad over $100 laugh.gif
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Gentlemen. After hours of searching over the past few days I have come up trumps. I am in need of a blue blazer. I'd prefer something unlined, as I have no need for formal wear, and something with texture. I've strayed away from many suitable options in the past due to the current "shiny" nature of most suiting cloths in my price range. 

 

If you can be bothered helping me in my quest, this is what I was thinking so far:

 

I have a 37 inch chest, but with 38ish shoulders. A 38, or equivalent, is preferable.

Dark blue. Somewhere between navy and mid blue. Navy, for me, is too dark to wear as much as I'd like, and I'd also like to stay away from something too far into 'blogger blue'.

Unlined is preferable. I like the comfort as well as the informality. 

Linen or a linen blend is fine. I'm wanting it for the near future, and may be able to pick something up next end of season from UK/US sales.

Something that will come close to covering my ass. What's gone wrong in the world that jackets cant go past the waist these days?

A price somewhere around 250 would be nice. I'm still trying to live on a student budget. Much more than that and it ventures into the realm of where I figure I might as well get something made MTM.

 

I know that's a long list, but I'm grateful for any help anyone wants to provide. If you'll excuse me, I need a drink.

 

 

 

checked suit supply?

 

I had, and it seems like it might be my best option with it's killer returns. 

 

Thoughts on the following?

 

http://www.suitsupply.com/jacket-navy-plain-copenhagen-c504/C504,en_US,pd.html?start=22&cgid=Jackets&srule=Fit

Not bad. I don't mind the subtle pattern and the cotton seems to have a reasonably casual texture. Fully lined however, and unless I can buy a long size that fits well, it's going to be at least two inches too short.

 

http://www.suitsupply.com/blue-half-lined-jacket/C480,en_US,pd.html?start=3&cgid=Jackets&srule=Fit

Not a huge fan of the colour. Same problem with length. Patch pockets and half lined, however.

 

http://www.suitsupply.com/Jacket-Brown/C516,en_US,pd.html?start=26&cgid=Jackets

Nice soft shoulders and lapels, good length, patch pockets. Fully lined though, and I can't fully convince myself about the fabric. The white flecks are a bit offputting for a workhorse jacket.

 

http://www.suitsupply.com/Jacket/C450,en_US,pd.html?start=25&cgid=Jackets

This I like. Nice colour and texture. Pattern adds some character. Fully lined, though, and the flap and ticket pockets make me think it would be too formal for most of my wear though.

post #16656 of 57839

Re my sick leave I'm covered by an enterprise bargaining agreement, a good one I'm awar. As for the poster having a going at others for taking all of their sick leave entitlements each year, surely you guys have some type of welfare fund set up? Or this just a blue collar thing?

Also I'm after a garment brush where is the best place to go for that?

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Guys, thanks for the info. I posted here because I knew you guys would point me in the right direction and you did! smile.gif

What I should have mentioned is that I'll only need the boots for the rocky part of the walk - I'll use runners which I already have for the flat parts. The runners will be uncomfortable on the rocks and I need something with a sturdier sole. This was based on advice from a friend who did the walk two years ago who mentioned using the weekends to walk parts of the trail to get used to the terrain so I'll definitely be doing that when the weather turns warmer.

Also, we'll have at least one supply car and will be walking pretty much without a load so that makes things somewhat more straightforward.

Toby, thanks for posting the link to that FAQ, I'll go over it in more detail tonight.

By the way, that hiking boot looks freaking awesome! I guess that if these boots are that comfortable, I'm going to be looking for excuses to take long walks which ties in quite nicely with the photography aspect. I plan to take lots of photos during the walk.

bhall41, that's a good point. I think any heavy boots are going to be off the list then. Thanks for letting me know.

PoP, I'd be useless as the mailboy - I'm sure you know that as you accumulate this stuff, your needs/wants become more and more specific along with the list of vendors that have this stuff.

I just don't think I'm going to get that many grey cashmere ties or dark brown shell cordovan balmoral boots in my size. With that kind of return on my time investment in going through all the packages, I'll say "Stuff it!" and get people to buy me drinks before they could collect their stuff. These days, Id be more likely to photography it and put it up on the blog!

I know THAT will fit!

Gerry you've got more than enough advice so far, but I'm going to offer a bit more based on my experiences. I don't do a lot of bushwalking, but do heaps of fly fishing in some pretty rough country, up in the snowy mountains mainly. Walking along river banks, harsh tracks in the high country and what not plus spending a lot of that time in the cold water too wading through slippery freestone rivers (with waders on). I use a Columbia waterproof boot with Vibram soles, ankle high, though that's prob a bit high for what you want but those outdoor companies generally know what there doing when it comes to making hiking boots. It's not un-common for us to walk around 12-15km in one days fishing and my feet are still pretty fresh at the end.
post #16658 of 57839
I hate companies like suit supply. They never stock 36S for some bloody reason - 38S, 36R, why gives?!!
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Originally Posted by Sceps View Post

Re my sick leave I'm covered by an enterprise bargaining agreement, a good one I'm awar. As for the poster having a going at others for taking all of their sick leave entitlements each year, surely you guys have some type of welfare fund set up? Or this just a blue collar thing?

Yes mainly CFMEU /AWU type stuff. With HEF/ Health Service Union,say, - Kathy Jackson et al then the only welfare fund is them, their families and friends and lovers.

I'd suspect a lot of posters here aren't committed union members, to put it mildly.

Conditions, above minimum, do vary a lot between organisations. Then there is the issue of fairness and perceived fairness in the workplace. If I save up all my sick leave and compassionate leave then have to use it up because of a broken hip or cancer chemo, then I'll (and others will see this too) feel pretty pissed off with my employer when the bloke who has taken all his sickies on fridays and mondays of a sunny weekend and taken his compassionate leave for bullshit reasons - suddenly gets sick with fatty liver from drinking and URI from smoking, suddenly gets extra pay and time off even though he has used everything else up over the years.
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Also I'm after a garment brush where is the best place to go for that?

Op shop
post #16660 of 57839
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post

I hate companies like suit supply. They never stock 36S for some bloody reason - 38S, 36R, why gives?!!

http://www.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=69588
post #16661 of 57839
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Op shop

Can't argue with that, but if you want to step it up ever so slightly then the smart place to buy is Kent brushes' ebay seconds store.

Here's what you want, 20GBP shipped:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DOUBLE-SIDED-CLOTHES-BRUSH-Kentbrushes-/130744422994?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1e70f99252
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I had, and it seems like it might be my best option with it's killer returns. 

Thoughts on the following?


Personally I just can't stand the peak lapels on SS' Washington fit suits. They're gigantic & scream peacock. They look worse the further you size down as well (it seems like the lapel size and height stays the same for whatever reason). I would also personally not get peak lapels on a casual blazer/jacket, and would prefer notch.

Everything else about their stuff looks quite nice though.
post #16663 of 57839
Walked past this store in Melbourne this morning, they stock Wolverine 1Ks for a pretty reasonable price (when considering how expensive they are to get shipped over since they're so heavy, and the fact that you can avoid fit issues).

Last time I checked they were ~$450 at McCleods.

http://www.thewalkingcompany.com.au/1000-mile-boot-110.html
post #16664 of 57839
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

Can't argue with that, but if you want to step it up ever so slightly then the smart place to buy is Kent brushes' ebay seconds store.
Here's what you want, 20GBP shipped:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DOUBLE-SIDED-CLOTHES-BRUSH-Kentbrushes-/130744422994?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1e70f99252

I was after one of these as well so thanks for the tip!

I've been in The Walking Company shop a few times. Interesting place with a decent range of men's and women's outdoorsy footwear.
post #16665 of 57839
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

Can't argue with that, but if you want to step it up ever so slightly then the smart place to buy is Kent brushes' ebay seconds store.
Here's what you want, 20GBP shipped:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DOUBLE-SIDED-CLOTHES-BRUSH-Kentbrushes-/130744422994?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1e70f99252

I am very serious about opshops - most good shops will have excellent clothes brushes- stiff bristles - some with bone handles etc for a few $ - often in a zip up case with other things like nail clippers, shoe horn etc
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