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Please Help with a Sport Coat - Matching/Pairing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NoNothingGuy, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    I have a sport coat that fits well. I love the colors and the fabric. It has a nice cold-weather appeal that is rare in the South (US). I don't have the opportunity to wear it much, due to the weather being warm most of the year... When I do have the opportunity, I find it very hard to match with slacks/ties. I would really appreciate some help.

    I have added some pictures that hopefully give you a good feel for the true fabric/color.

    Honestly, what I would love is for some of you to simply tell me how you would pair this coat with pants, ties, shirts. I like color, but I find myself pairing this with bland colors and I end up feeling like I am wearing all khaki, or brown, or something similar. I just want some good advice on how to make this more usable.

    Thanks.

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  2. othertravel

    othertravel Well-Known Member

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    Nice coat. Will pair very well with light or medium grey trousers.
     
  3. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. I presume that the pants will have to be solid, as the coat obviously has a pattern. I have a few pairs of medium gray trousers but they are all slightly patterned. I will need to get a solid pair.

    With regard to shirt/tie, I have tried to go with a simple white shirt and worked the tie in with the light blue in the coat's pattern. Any other ideas are appreciated.

    I just want to mix it up a bit, but I am not confident with pairing to this specific jacket for some reason.
     
  4. msulinski

    msulinski Well-Known Member

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    This is a tough color to pair given that it is gray. Which picture is more representative of the darkness of the color, the first (very light) or last (very dark)? If it is closer to the last, then you can probably get away with light gray pants, but I would probably go with light brown (tan) to get a tonal difference as well. If it is lighter than the last pic, then I'm not sure what to pair it with. Maybe not-quite-navy blue?
     
  5. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    Tough indeed. I think that is what has me stumped.

    The color is closer to the first picture, so lighter. I was trying to mess with the flash and overall lighting to give a proper impression of the true color. It is a lighter gray, warm with a hint of brown. That is why I do not like pairing it with brown pants. I feel too khaki, like Jack Hanna-ish.

    Maybe I'll just wear it with jeans and stop trying to dress it up...

    Thanks for any additional tips.
     
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  6. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    Just bumping in hopes of someone having some other ideas.

    Thanks!
     
  7. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

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    Burn it?

    Not easy to match, but grey trousers or wear it with dark jeans.
     
  8. dohare

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    navy? seems obvious am i missing something?
     
  9. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    Haha, thanks man. I think I might. It is causing me too much f-cking stress! :censored:
     
  10. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    I actually might try this with some navy suit pants this weekend. I will still struggle with the tie. I would love to do something red and navy, but I do not think that would work. I am really open to tie suggestions. General colors you see being good here.

    I am just going to go drink the Ardbeg I have in my office until I hear back.
     
  11. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    I'm really drunk, by the way.
     
  12. brokencycle

    brokencycle Well-Known Member

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    For ties, I think you need to avoid traditional conservative business ties such as stripes or small, neat patterns. Try a solid wool knit or something similar.
     
  13. msulinski

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    Agreed, though I'm not sure I've ever seen a wool knit. A silk knit should still be fine, or a wool tie would work as well. Burgundy and navy (among others) would work fine.
     
  14. msulinski

    msulinski Well-Known Member

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    There is a strong dislike for navy pants on this forum. There is also a strong dislike for having a the jacket lighter than the pants. In addition, there is a dislike of wearing suit pants with rustic sportcoats. I agree the most with the last one, but the other 2 points have some merit.

    If the OP wears navy suit pants with this jacket, it probably won't work out well. Maybe something lighter than navy would work, and preferably not worsted suit pants. This might mean flannels, but I don't know that I've ever seen navy flannel pants. It might make sense to go with a lighter blue chino or something, but obviously this dresses down the whole look. Not sure if this is something that the OP would have an issue with or not.

    Something like this might work (in the "raw steel" color):
    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/pants/bowerypants/PRDOVR~21606/21606.jsp
     
  15. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    Avoid khaki or tan. Go for an off-white like this:

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    It is a contemporary look in menswear appropriate for Fall/Winter. Wearing navy or brown pants, IMO will look old fashioned. The off white ones will look updated.

    Try pairing them with tan leather or tobacco brown suede shoes.

    Wear a solid blue shirt. Don't wear white, it will look washed out. You need the color. Actually a solid pink shirt would be very nice as well.

    I would also wear this with jeans, a blue or pink OCBD and suede bucks or chuckas for a relaxed comfortable look.
     
  16. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    As far as a tie, I'm not sure I could find a silk knit tie with the right colors to compliment it. A cashmere knit dark grey would work but they are very hard to find.

    The other option would be a small neat pattern with a dark blue ground and small light blue and browns such as some of these.


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  17. brokencycle

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    I have some wool knits including a light blue one from Brooks Brothers. I'm wearing a brown cashmere knit by Hickey Freeman today with a sportcoat today and a pair of light tan pants that look very close to the above mentioned. I have received numerous compliments already today.
     
  18. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    The key is to avoid any shade of tan as it becomes too close in value to the colors in the jacket. You need the contrast of off-white.
     

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