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Buttons for an "orphan?"

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by YRR92, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Hey, all. I recently thrifted a jacket in a color I've heard called "charcoal blue" -- imagine the color of a particularly dark slate sidewalk. It's my only lightweight, well-fitting sportcoat, and I'd really like to make it work.

    The only problem -- if it's not a suit that's lost its trousers, then it's doing a great impression of one. It's plain worsted, and none of the details mark it out as a sportcoat. If it were navy, I'd just add gold buttons. If it were a true gray, I'd have left it behind. Since it's this blue-gray, though, I could use a hand in figuring out what buttons to put on it -- the current set are navy plastic. Here are my thoughts:

    - Silver (not too shiny) -- This appeals, since navy blazers with gold buttons could not be any further inside my comfort zone. I just worry that it might look odd somehow, or that my instincts are wrong on this.

    - Tan horn -- I worry that these won't do enough to mark the jacket out as a sportcoat, but that may be in my head.

    - MOP -- But would the white be too stark, and can I get them cheaply?

    Please let me know any other suggestions or opinions. Thanks very much.
     
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  2. crinklecut

    crinklecut Senior member

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    What about these tan corozo buttons?

    You might consider having some elbow patches applied too, to make it seem less like an orphaned jacket.
     
  3. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Those are interesting, thanks. I'll have to consider them -- I guess my concern about tan is that I'd need to find a cool tan -- buttons in a warm tan wouldn't quite work on a jacket in such a cool color.

    As for elbow patches... I see them as a very "country" touch, and by virtue of this jacket's cloth and detailing, it's a very "city" garment. I mean, elbow patches on navy blazers and other relatively dressy sportcoats are kind of "in" right now, but even then I feel they're not quite in keeping with the coat.

    If I were to go for elbow patches, what material would be best?
     
  4. Gratien

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    For the elbow patches, suede is what might work the best with the level of formality of the fabric you seem to describe.

    You can get MOP in different colours and shades. I've put some blue-gray MOP buttons on a sky blue sport jacket instead of the original plastic white ones. It works nice.

    By the way, how structured is the jacket? Less structure (soft shoulders, etc.) adds to the casual look of it...
     
  5. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    It's about what I think of as "normal" -- no big shoulder pads, but very much a structured jacket. There's a certain point of formality it'll never go below.

    Suede is, to me, the default for elbow pads. Any color suggestions, or alternate materials I could consider? There's something kind of funky about the houndstooth patches on this Howard Yount jacket, but I don't know if I'd be barking up the wrong tree putting something similar on mine.

    http://www.howardyount.com/collections/jackets/products/fall-jacket-brown-with-houndstooth-patches
     

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