Considering an unconstructed jacket for casual wear; which color is more versatile: tan, charcoal, o

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  1. Locke42

    Locke42 Active Member

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    Brooks Brothers is having a 40% off sale on these things (and they have my size!), so I'm considering getting one, mainly to wear with my jeans but maybe also trousers/chinos. They also have a wool/cashmere blend version in navy and charcoal. Which color do you guys think will be more versatile? Also, stick with cotton or go with the wool blend?

    I know that the navy blazer is considered to be a staple, but I don't know if that applies to soft jackets, too. I'm somewhat partial to the charcoal (from the picture it looks like it has a bit more texture than the tan or navy), and my gut tells me to stay away from the tan. I've never really worn tan before other than for pants, and I just don't know how good a tan jacket would look with khakis. But I'm a bit of a newbie with regards to blazers and sport coats and the like; I don't really know how well they pair up.
     
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    1) None of these jackets are suitable for casual wear, unless you mean that casual wear=chinos+button down dress shirt+the jacket+loafers or something like that. With jeans and sneakers, forget about it.
    2) Cotton jackets are for hot weather (summer), wool/ cashmere for cold weather (winter). A mid weight wool might be more versatile.
    3) You wear tan with light items and brown shoes. Navy could be worn with black or brown shoes. Charcoal isn't an appropriate colour for sportscoats unless you don't care and go streetwear. In the end if you ever wanted a grey jacket as SC you would need one with some sort of texture or pattern, not one that looks like a suit jacket estranged from his much loved pants.
    4) Jackets look like shit from the back and they're pinned down like hell, maybe they'll look ok on you if you carry a bit of weight but certainly not if you're slender.
     
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    Locke42 Active Member

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    1) D'oh, that's what I was afraid of. I wasn't sure what I should be looking for in a soft jacket.
    2) Got it.
    3) That's why I was considering the charcoal. From the pics it looks like it does have a bit of texture to it. But you're saying it doesn't (or doesn't have enough)?
    4) BB's Regent jackets fit me like a glove, but those are for their suits. I'm not certain about these jackets. How are they supposed to look from the back? I'm not obese, but I'm definitely far from "slender." I'm stocky; 5'8" 175lbs, 40S/42S jacket.
     
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    Not sure why the strong hate. I have two of these unlined Regent jackets. The cashmere and a blue check. They can easily be taken in at the waist and do well in temperate climates without adding a ton of heat from a lining. I have strong shoulders and this jacket conforms to me.

    The charcoal doesn't look like an orphan in person. The texture is a bit rougher than any wool suiting. I wear both jackets with light pants and love them.
     
  5. Locke42

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    How would the charcoal look with indigo jeans?
     
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    See, now that doesn't look too bad. I saw a couple of guys wearing charcoal jackets with their jeans in my neighborhood (young-ish, mid-to-late 20s), and that's where I got the idea to start considering the charcoal.

    Unfortunately, the charcoal's now sold out in my size. :( I guess I waited too long. Would a navy jacket pair well with indigo 501 jeans, or is that just too much dark blue? I do have a lighter pair of jeans that I don't wear too often, but I probably would if that makes for better contrast. And if I do go with navy, should I go cotton or wool/cashmere?

    Sorry for all the questions, but like I said, total newbie. :)
     
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