Getting an Overcoat Made

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  1. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    This was the "Year of the Overcoat" for me in that over the last couple of months I've purchased three of them. All of them navy. One dress, one great coat that can be used on the coldest of days with suits or casual wear, and one that is for casual/sportswear. Navy is my favorite color and it complements everything I wear, so the decision for me was easy.
     


  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You should have just gotten one bespoke one.
     


  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Each one has a specific purpose. :satisfied: And given the speed of my tailor, I wouldn't have it until next fall, if then.
     


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    As I stated in prior posting: Navy was for many years cncidered a casual color. Have those boundries totally collapsed? I have often liked navy greatcoats but shied away due to the formality required in my proffession. Out in the boonies we are often slow to take on newer values.

    Not being a snob, but rather seeking advise.
     


  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Are you a waiter in a fancy restaurant? Do you have to wear a tuxedo, or white tie to work? :confused:
     


  6. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I don't know the answer, but I have a black cashmere overcoat that I wear for the most formal of occasions. For all other occasions, it's one of my navy overcoats.
     


  7. TheWraith

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    Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. Seems both charcoal and navy would be great for my first overcoat. I think I'll go with charcoal. Thanks again :)
     


  8. mafoofan

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    For what it's worth, I'd go with navy. A charcoal overcoat is a whole lot of charcoal. A very severe, strictly-business look.
     


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    NYR, whatever you get made I'd want to buy off you. I love your style, and your stuff fits me perfectly. :D
     


  10. TheWraith

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    Hmm...thanks for the input, Foo.
     


  11. Reborn

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    +1

    I'd go navy or an interesting gray.
     


  12. mafoofan

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    I understand the reasoning behind a charcoal overcoat: it is the most formal choice and you want to be the most correct when you are the most dressed up. However, I think this line of thought fails to account for the fact people dress much more casually these days and hardly even wear overcoats. Thus, I think the best choice for an overcoat should be a synthesis of the color/pattern that you personally like best and what makes it more wearable in more contexts. Charcoal, in my view, is just too harsh--even for most business environments.
     


  13. TheWraith

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    Lots for me to think about. Thanks again, guys.
     


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    At some point I plan on getting something similar to Rob's, but with leaner, more standard peacoat-ish lapels. I think a dark gray cavalry twill can work well for it without at all being CBD. It's about the combination of color and texture working together that determines what environments will be most appropriate for it.

    Rob - look forward to seeing how it turns out!
     
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  15. NewYorkIslander

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    LOL, thanks, have you checked my FS threads lately?? :)
     


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