Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.
Any help on how to get them for cheap? Out of my price range at retail price.
I have a total noob question! First off, thanks for having this site and great info, I have actually been reading a lot here.
Okay, I have been attending conferences for quite some time now. Most are science events, and the stuff most scientists/doctors wear seems a bit outdated, and uncared for. I have traditionally just wore slacks with a button down shirt. Last conference I was way under dressed. Everyone was wearing a suit or jacket of some kind. I felt horrible. I was not dressed correctly for the conference. I am 25, uneducated in formal and business casual wear as I work in a lab (scrubs and lab coats). I own a Chaps suit I wear for weddings and such, but want something a little more casual.
My next conference is coming up in February, and I have many more I need to attend in the next 3-6 months. Again, these are science related, and are usually business casual (not sure what that even means). I want a sports coat/blazer to wear to this and future events. I was thinking a Light gray. My problems are this: I have 2 Maine Coon cats, hair gets everywhere. Literally, even if it is locked away bagged and hidden, which is why dark black colors are a problem for me. Second, I live in South Florida, where heat is an issue year round. I noticed sport coats tend to be made of thicker materials. Is there a way around this? I have charcoal and black slacks, khaki and jeans. I would like to wear this jacket with jeans ocasionally to casual meetings with friends when we go out. Can anyone recommend at style, color (if light gray is obsolete), place to buy, places to check out, or pictures of what it should look like? Money IS an issue as well, so please try and help me out. I know this is picky, but is cotton not recommended for a sports coat? I found on on ebay in light gray with black buttons I liked, but just dont know anything about this.
Thanks so much.
Conferences are tough, it's hard to figure out which ones will be ultra-casual and which ones will be dressier. Scientists are fickle beasts in regards to fashion. I usually bring a jacket or two, scope out the general tenor on an early day, then adjust accordingly.
As far as the cats: get a decent lint brush. Use those sticky tape roll things if you need to.
Cotton is less formal than wool, tends to wrinkle. It's also less comfortable in the heat in general since it doesn't breath as well.
Single most flexible jacket you can own is a mid-weight navy wool blazer. You can wear it with practically anything, from going out with friends to those conferences. Don't wear it with black slacks but it's good with most anything else. Grey, especially light grey, is harder to pair and thus less flexible. Grey sport coats in general are hard to implement.
I use thosr lint rollers, but by the time I step outside, I have some hair on my back or a place I missed. Not a huge issue, but it is an issue non the less. I really dislike the gold buttons on some blazers, is it ok to get one without the gold? Say black, dark blue, or brass I think I saw. Does this pair well with charcoal pants? Are black blazers also not a good idea?
If you are in Florida, you might want to consider a navy linen sport coat with brown horn buttons and mid-gray tropical wool pants. Howard Yount had some nice tropical wool pants in the summer. I'm not sure if they have any left. Pair with dark brown calfskin shoes.
What are some good darker brown suede double monks between $400 and $700?
White and purple generally go well with gray. Khaki goes less well with gray but can work depending on the shade of gray and khaki in question.
Staple colors in odd trousers are generally khaki, taupe, olive, and brown. Khaki and taupe are probably the most versatile followed by brown and olive.
Does this jacket appear too tight in the shoulders?
I purchased it last Fall. I have since added a bit of muscle, and it fits a bit more snug than it once did. Though, I believe the style of the jacket is a bomber, and is meant to be a more form fitting piece. I can still move my arms fine, and it zips up all the way, it is just the shoulders that it seem a bit tight. I am wearing a lightweight sweater underneath. Anyway, is it very noticeable?
Help us help you -- post a photo that actually shows your shoulders.
Ya, sorry. I'm not good at, nor do I enjoy, taking photos of myself. This is probably the best I can do:
Does this jacket fit correctly in the shoulders? I'm trying to see if I bought the correct size.
Does this work? Or is it too much navy?
with these jeans
w/ some sweater/shirt combo
ebay. I pay ~$70 for mine NWT. You have to keep searching, tho.
I have gray chinos and dark blue jeans, would any of these work better?
just use a mirror
you will be able to take a wider/longer length shot
without raising your shoulder...which makes it impossible for anyone to evaluate whether the jacket fits properly or not
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