Casual sportcoat

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  1. reader

    reader Member

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    I'm looking for a sportcoat to throw on with all types of casual outfits. Conceptually, I want the equivalent of "your  father's" deconstructed Orvis Harris tweed, minus all of the aspects that make this Orvis-ish (i.e. tweed, elbow patches, leather covered buttons). This is my first foray into wearing any sort of blazer on a regular basis, so I want it to be suitable for someone in their mid-twenties, yet fairly conservative/classic. These are a couple of general examples of the look that I'm going for: fendi and N&M. In fact, if I could find the Normandy & Moore for less than retail you wouldn't be reading this post. Hopefully this jacket will feel just as right with wool slacks/shirt & a tie as well as jeans and a cashmere sweater. Some vital stats: 25 years old, 5'11", 185, 42R suit, and I prefer my cuts on the slim side. Alas, my question: is there someone who does this deconstructed blazer better than anyone else? Is there a can't miss material that fills my requirements and is also flexible enough for near-year round use? Thanks in advance.
     


  2. mr. magoo

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    You deserve a response and hopefully mine will spur others. I hate it when people ask for something simple and they get a very elaborate option presented to them, but that's what I'm going to do. Today I am wearing a denim blue light tweed Attolini jacket that's quite unconstructed (no padding, no lining, patch pockets) and in 3-4 season weight that is great. I was thinking as I put it on this morning that it's literally as comfortable as a well work cardigan. Unfortunately, Attolinis are pretty pricey (I found mine thoroughly discounted), but I can't recommend it enough for exactly what you're asking for. You might also try Zegna soft? Best of luck.
     


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    Thanks for the response Mr. Magoo.

    Is there a specific Attolini "casual" line that I should look for, or does that type of jacket just fall under the general Attolini umbrella?

    Does the "soft" in Zegna Soft refer to no padding, lining, etc. or is it just a name of one of their lines?

    Thanks again.
     


  4. mr. magoo

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    Again, there are a lot of options and these are just a couple.

    The Attolini I have is part of their higher end Sartoria line, but has a soft construction as many of their jackets do. Generally, I should think jackets with patch pockets will be a little less constructed as they're supposed to be a casual weekend jacket. Kiton makes very similar jackets. "Soft" is a particular line of Zegna when they were trying to conquer the biz casual world. It should have less padding and a looser construction than a standard jacket. My advice is to get out to a couple of good stores in your area and see what there is to get a better idea of the universe.
     


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    That is a great idea. I'll let you know what I come up with. Once again, thanks for the help.
     


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