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Another repetitive suit jacket and jeans thread! (but with pictures...yay!?)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by DesiredUsername, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. DesiredUsername

    DesiredUsername New Member

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    Hi all,

    First- I am not, in any way, a fashion orientated person.

    I've read a lot of threads where people state "charcoal suit jackets should _never_ be worn with jeans" and I agree that a traditional suit jacket does look a little wrong when worn with jeans or almost anything other than the pants the jacket was matched with.. But these days with fashion/modern cuts, shorter lengths and different material blends- can you get away with it? (Yes... I am trying to find excuses for my fashion denial.)

    I recently picked up two [suit] jackets which were on sale at such a good price I couldn't not buy them. They are both a similar patterned charcoal but they are a little shorter in length than traditional suit jackets.. that is also due to my height.

    I’m a tall skinny guy (6’6) and they are both 40L so the jackets fit my shoulders and arms but I will have to get them altered very slightly but that’s no real worry.

    My question- as seen in the pictures they don’t really look charcoal(?) and they are shorter than a regular suit jacket. Would it be possible to get away using the one in the picture as, essentially, a blazer-esque type jacket? The jeans I would wear aren’t the ones pictured but a much darker, almost charcoal coloured jean but still very obviously jeans, and then the burgundy shoes in the picture. The shirt- no idea. Probably something like the blue one in the picture, untucked. I’m 26 god dammit. I can wear it untucked! Hah?

    Could I get away with wearing this as a smart-casual outfit for dinners/bars, or is the jacket obviously too business looking to get away with this?

    Personally I think it looks okay and I know a lot of people will say- as long as you think it looks okay and you wear it with confidence then you’ll be fine. But then again I think my invisible gown looks rather fine.

    I just want other peoples advice who know a little more about style then I what I think is socially acceptable. All input is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Ash.
     
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  2. DesiredUsername

    DesiredUsername New Member

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    Might help if I included the pictures...

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    And the jeans I would wear are very similar to this pair but not exactly the same.



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  3. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Tuck in and button up your shirt, just one button should be open. Maybe fixing the collar would fix that, but probably safest to just button up a little more. And pairing jackets in a smooth, flat, suitlike fabric with jeans is always somewhat awkward, buy something with pattern or texture next time. And as mentioned earlier, the collar is getting crushed under the jacket, which just looks bad. And unbutton the bottom button.
     
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    robinsongreen68 Senior member

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    length is fine, if the blazer had more texture and perhaps a less structured shoulder you'd be good. also the shirt could be a button down oxford, again something with texture.
     
  5. laphroaig

    laphroaig Senior member

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    The length is fine comments are being applied to ever shorter jackets.

    In the first picture it almost looks like a cardigan. It's a mixture of casual at the bottom, and structured at the top. It kind of seems to almost work because it transitions to super casual with the jeans.

    You could do with these jackets everything you plan to. It's not ideal but you're making a compromise. Rules can be broken but you need to take into account not just the colour of the jackets but also the texture and other textures and colours you pair them with. On a positive, in terms of colour, grey/charcoal are shades and can go with any colour as longs as you match on tone or shade instead the typical matching of hue.
     
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    I like that look but I do agree with the part with tucking in your shirt.
     
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    Svenn Senior member

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    Jackets should always remain unbuttoned if you're not wearing a tie, in my opinion, the formality of keeping them buttoned with a huge blank tie-less space up to the face looks weird. Use Work'n Stiffs to keep your shirt collar up, and tuck in your shirt. Button up another shirt button, unless you're in 1980's Miami. Take out the jacket's shoulder padding.
     
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    Sorry, but no. The function of a jacket is to give the coveted V-shape to the male torso, from broad shoulders to narrow waist, while extending the leg line and concealing the flaws of a less-than-ideally-proportioned body. It's a complete waste of time and effort to jump through all the hoops of cut, fit, and tailoring in order to achieve this, only to leave it unbuttoned to flap around in the wind like a dress or otherwise hang straight down from the armpits. Weird or not, if you're going to look like an amorphous blob you might as well just skip the jacket, chuck on a sweater and call it a day.

    Always button up your jacket properly, with tie or without; you paid the merchant and your tailor for the look it gives you. The only time it's unbuttoned is if you're sitting down, taking a piss, or if the jacket is on a hanger.
     
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    rjsphd Senior member

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    Couldn't disagree more about the need to leave it unbuttoned, though one button will do it. I would not wear dark grey jeans with a dark grey jacket--the lighter jeans look fine for contrast. Agree with buttoning up the shirt one bottom. Comments about texture are right on.
     
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    If they are orphaned suit coats (which they strongly resemble) , take them back. The short cut looks hideous, another reason to return them.
     

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