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Got a steal on a grey orphaned Prada suit jacket... Now what?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Axieldor, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Axieldor

    Axieldor Well-Known Member

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    I recently got a NWT Prada suit jacket for $57. (No, not missing a digit there).

    Similar to http://www.overstock.com/Clothing-Shoes/Prada-Mens-Grey-Wool-Two-button-Suit/2679885/product.html

    I know suit jackets are hard to wear with odd pants, and grey suit jackets are probably one of the most difficult to pass as a blazer. It is a slim Prada fit, which makes it a bit better. But would like some suggestions on what to do with it.

    1) Any place that I might be able to pick up some pants for these? Or some fabric?

    2) Mod the jacket? Metal or smoked MOP buttons? Elbow patches? Pick stitching?

    3) Ideas on pants to pair with it? I have a pair of tan houndstooth mabitex that I can't make up my mind about...

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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  3. Pawz

    Pawz Senior member

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    Did you buy the jacket from EBAY or from a thrift/consignment shop?
     


  4. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    Colourful cord trouser
     


  5. Viral

    Viral Senior member

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    crisp dark jeans and white shirt (pocket sq. optional).
     


  6. Klobber

    Klobber Senior member

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    I would usually pass on an orphaned gray suit jacket if it were on its own, even if dirt cheap. Your options are dark wash jeans, lighter colored chinos, attire like that. This rarely looks amazing, but it is passable in most circumstances. In fact, I am not a fan of solid gray color blazers/sport coats when wearing with chinos, but it is a look that "may" work.

    Did you pull the trigger on it because it was a brand name? If I were you sell it on eBay, you will clear $100 and if you have price tags, $200 plus is a possibility. Sell it and use the profit as part of an investment into a piece that makes wiser sartorial sense.

    Just my 2c.
     
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  7. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Frankly such things are not bargains unless you are so hard up that you would go without if you did not have it. However much you tweak it it will always look what it is - an orphaned coat and many will recognise that inescapable fact: it is a mark of desperation not a bargain..
     


  8. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

    Then please post a "fit pic."

    :fistbump:
     


  9. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Prada's jackets are not great. If if were a Kiton or TF I would probably keep it just because they are great jackets.

    In this case, I would put it on ebay.
     
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  10. wing8tes_qw

    wing8tes_qw Senior member

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    Depends on the fit. If its short and fitted I would keep it.
     


  11. Gratien

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    I've read such statements many times on SF. But actually, I don't really get it. What's the big difference between an orphaned suit coat and a sport coat? What makes the first one so pathetic and inappropriate - and the latter so nice and suitable? Would it be a question of colors and patterns? I guess not, since I've seen lots of suits and sport coats on SF and in real life made with similar fabrics. Are there details in the construction, that clearly indicate to which category the garment would belong? So far, I haven't spotted any significant difference in lengths and widths, collars, lapels, buttons...

    So far, I thought a sport coat is just a suit coat made or ordered without the matching pair of trousers. I'd be very happy if someone could help me improve my modest knowledge and explain what are the observable, obvious distinctions.

    Thanks in advance...
     


  12. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    ^

    There as a thread about this around 8 months ago. Let me see if I can fint it since we changed over.
     


  13. Viral

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    there is no real merit behind that comment.................just someone's opinion, which we all know are like you-know-what.

    OP - you did well for $50+...........wear and enjoy!
     


  14. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    Prada jackets go from decently made to really well made and the cut is usually much better than Kiton (unless you're fat like the average Kiton client), to say nothing of the 70s disco-porno bullshit look of TF.

    OP: wear it with black jeans, white dress shirt, white pocket square and black zip boots. You can also go for raw blue jeans and do fine. I like grey jackets but they don't really go well with slacks (chinos are for people who wear diapers so avoid).
     
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  15. GBR

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    This is your first post, can I suggest that you stay a while and read and learn? There is something about the cut of a suit coat which is different from a sports coat or blazer, cloth, cut etc all mark them out.

    It is subtle in some ways but marked.
     


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