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Grey (Odd) Sport Coat - Yay or Nay?

Beach Bum

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I bought this Canali odd coat since it was the exact size/model I know fits and was extremely cheap. It has some texture, almost like a rough yet refined look, but could still pass for an orphan. It's a mid-grey.

I'm nearly certain it's not an orphan based on the 13290 model number with nothing following it, from all I've seen a suit coat will have a / followed by two digits. This does not. Here are some pics including a stock photo presumably from a large dept store some time ago.

What do you guys think? Will this still work for business dinners, etc? Or does it scream Orphan and should return ASAP? Thanks.




 

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I'm not a fan - it looks too much like a suit coat - so, for example, it does not look good in the photo posted - really looks like the model jumbled up 2 different suits.
 

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Pass. Flap pockets. Worsted wool. Notch lapels. Looks like an orphaned suit jacket
 

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Darn, was hoping at least someone would say keep it!
 

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If you change the buttons to a brown horn or something of the like, it may pass. Some will still view it as an orphan but the majority of people probably won't notice.

But flannel would work better than worsted.
 

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The material almost looks like linen, which could work, but the pockets say orphan.
 

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Still haven't decided to return vs keep. Much of me says return based on it looking like an orphan with no obvious differentiating characteristics (pockets, color, pattern). But other part of likes how it looks so damn much and at 85%+ off retail it's quite cheap and will last a long time.

I do have a pair of slacks that closely resemble, if needed could pull off the suit separate odd turned orphan plus matching slacks look haha. Have like 10 days to decide.
 

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Pass. It looks like, even though it may not be, an orphaned suit coat.

I have nothing against a gray sport coat, but prefer something with more texture, like herringbone perhaps.
 

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I do have a pair of slacks that closely resemble, if needed could pull off the suit separate odd turned orphan plus matching slacks look haha. Have like 10 days to decide.
You DON'T want to wear with slacks that closely resemble. Just like the pic that you posted with the model with the jacket and light grey pants on, it will look silly.

See this thread:

(I would also pass on that jacket.)
 

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Yes, it looks so much like an orphaned suit jacket that I would pass too. And IMO a gray sports coat is less usable than you might think. I have a lovely gray hopsack that sees little use. I find brown to be a much better option after the usual blues.
 

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Returned it. Loved the fit, but more because that particular size/model and Canali. Didn't like the boring suit color and appearance. Will continue the hunt. Thanks for the advice.
 

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I bought this Canali odd coat since it was the exact size/model I know fits and was extremely cheap. It has some texture, almost like a rough yet refined look, but could still pass for an orphan. It's a mid-grey.

I'm nearly certain it's not an orphan based on the 13290 model number with nothing following it, from all I've seen a suit coat will have a / followed by two digits. This does not. Here are some pics including a stock photo presumably from a large dept store some time ago.

What do you guys think? Will this still work for business dinners, etc? Or does it scream Orphan and should return ASAP? Thanks.




I bought this Canali odd coat since it was the exact size/model I know fits and was extremely cheap. It has some texture, almost like a rough yet refined look, but could still pass for an orphan. It's a mid-grey.

I'm nearly certain it's not an orphan based on the 13290 model number with nothing following it, from all I've seen a suit coat will have a / followed by two digits. This does not. Here are some pics including a stock photo presumably from a large dept store some time ago.

What do you guys think? Will this still work for business dinners, etc? Or does it scream Orphan and should return ASAP? Thanks.




I’m assuming you live in the US where people obsess more about orphans than in Europe. In Rome I would wear that in summer with white linen pants. Maybe change out the buttons as another reader suggested. Add a colorful pocket square.
 

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