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Did I do OK? Oxxford sport coat from EBay

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It was described as "Oxxford Bespoke Charcoal Gray Sport Coat," seems like decent quality, and I particularly like the patch pockets. I paid $69 USD and got the 25% Live discount. Did I do OK?

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Also, is this technically a sport coat or a blazer? I thought it looks more like what I would usually consider a blazer, having no pattern and being a solid color with contrasting buttons.
 

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Fit looks big. It's Oxxford, it'll fit like a tent. If you're slim, expect a visit to the tailors. Gorge is low, very very low, and lapel width is on the generous side - likely dates it to late 80s, early 90s.

Colour is slightly unusual for a blazer - which it technically isn't, it's a sports coat (as it lacks metal buttons) - the grey colour initially made me think 'orphaned suit coat', but the patch pockets, material, and interesting buttons signify no.

Interesting jacket! How many vents?
 

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Based on the weave an pockets I'm going to say it is indeed a blazer. I disagree with the poster above about the gorge. It looks standard to me. Not fashionably high but not dated low either. The main problem is what do you wear with a dark grey jacket?
 

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I think you could wear some taupe or mid gray pants. Nothing too dark though...

-spence
 

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Originally Posted by texas_jack
I disagree with the poster above about the gorge. It looks standard to me.
On second inspection, you're right - I was thrown off by the wide lapel width elongating the 'join' between collar and lapel, making the 'notch' somehow look lower than it actually was.
 

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For 69, I think you did great. As to the fit like a tent, not necessarily. And, even if so, if the shoulders and chest work, the sides can be taken in by a competent tailor at relatively low cost.
 

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Originally Posted by marc237
For 69, I think you did great. As to the fit like a tent, not necessarily. And, even if so, if the shoulders and chest work, the sides can be taken in by a competent tailor at relatively low cost.
If the shoulders/chest fit, the battle is half won.

Otherwise, I've found (rather painfully and expensively) that ~3 inches is the maximum that a jacket can be taken in at the sides before things start going really awry - pockets sticking out (due to the excess material used to construct them) and ruining the silhouette, for example.

All the best! The interesting thing is that I recall seeing this Oxxford on eBay, and passing it over - 'Bob Miller' was the giveaway.
 

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Originally Posted by extempore
If the shoulders/chest fit, the battle is half won.

Otherwise, I've found (rather painfully and expensively) that ~3 inches is the maximum that a jacket can be taken in at the sides before things start going really awry - pockets sticking out (due to the excess material used to construct them) and ruining the silhouette, for example.

All the best! The interesting thing is that I recall seeing this Oxxford on eBay, and passing it over - 'Bob Miller' was the giveaway.


So true, but hopefully he is not going for John Steed waist suppression. If he wants just a nip and tuck, the OP ought be fine.
 

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Originally Posted by extempore
All the best! The interesting thing is that I recall seeing this Oxxford on eBay, and passing it over - 'Bob Miller' was the giveaway.

Yeah, I just hope I never run into him!

As to the fit, I haven't received it yet but the measurements are pretty good. I'm medium to thin, 38" chest/ 34" waist and non-athletic.

Shoulders:17.5
Chest: 20.5
Sleeves: 23.5 (I have short arms)

It may be slightly roomier than I'm used to in the chest, but probably only slightly.

I have a pair of gray trousers I plan to wear with it. I also have a pair of blue vintage Sta-Prest and ivory Sta-Prest. Would that work? I don't own a suit and I just have a few sport coats that are more casual, a very fitted vintage tweed, and a beige linen for the sunny season. This will be for when I need to be a bit dressier or more conservative.

I'm obviously a little bit new when it comes to dressing like an adult even though I've been one for nearly half my life. I guess playing rock'n'roll music has kept me in a state of arrested development.
 

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I can't see a front dart on that jacket. May be very boxy. The gorge is sloped but not too low.
 

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It's the angle of the gorge that is eye-catching.
 

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Originally Posted by grimslade
It's the angle of the gorge that is eye-catching.

Well, the jacket is probably from late 80s.
 

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Originally Posted by marc237
Well, the jacket is probably from late 80s.

For jackets with a lowish gorge I find a lightweight roll-neck or turtle-neck makes the gorge less obvious than with a shirt.
 

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Did I do OK? Oxxford sport coat from EBay

The answer is really - are you happy with it? It really matters not what others think.
 

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Originally Posted by GBR
Did I do OK? Oxxford sport coat from EBay

The answer is really - are you happy with it? It really matters not what others think.

That's deep, man. Total paradigm shift.

I've actually gotten a lot of valuable information from this thread. If I didn't like the jacket, I wouldn't have bought it. I know what I like, but there are a lot of guys on this forum who have a lot of knowledge and experience that I value. I posted this thread because I was curious what others here would have to say and I wanted to know if I got a fair deal.
 

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