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Help me choose a blazer

mrscrouge

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hello all, I'm 19 turning 20 soon, and till now i've been going to more formal events borrowin my fathers jackets (
) etc. Obv, since he is a few inches shorter than me and a lot smaller , it was far from my perfect fit. I'm in college, on the way to a B.B.A (and MBA fingers crossed) So it's def time to start buildin my own closet. I chose navy, and narrowed it down to these three (in my correct size
) So if i could get some pro's and con's.. any help is appreciated! CAROUZOS - 53% Polyester, 47% Viscose ( the least pricey! looks good as well, the shade is my least favorite)
LARGER PICTURE ARMANI COLLEZIONI - 100% Cashmere (like the design overall, cashmere?)
LARGER PICTURE ARMANI COLLEZIONI - 58% Wool, 42% Rayon (my favorite shade of navy, idk how i should feel about the pockets?
LARGER PICTURE I live in Miami, Fl. Sadly we dont really have seasons. (steady range of 60-90 all year), so i guess i dont have to worry if the jacket is on the lighter side
 

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Definitely don't buy #1, a poly-viscose jacket will feel (and possibly look) like crap and it's doubtful it will stand up to much wear.

I like the cashmere one a lot (how can this be in a comparable price range with #1 though!?), obviously it will feel great and it looks nice, but how much will you wear it -- cashmere isn't incredibly durable, so consider that.

The third one is at least mostly wool, but I think 100% would be preferable to a rayon mixture (though I always forget what the properties of rayon are, particularly since it's apparently "neither a truly synthetic fiber nor a natural fiber" - Wikipedia). Patch pockets are more common in Europe than North America, but I don't think that makes it unacceptable for any of the regular things you'd need a blazer for -- wait for someone else to chime in as to whether that affects the formality of the garment.
 

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Thanks for the reply^. Well the cashmere is on sale, and its still about 200$ more than the Carouzos. As far as how often, I'm thinking about buying a grey suit, so I'll alternate. I'm wondering if cashmere is too hot ? Also that was my concern regarding the pockets affecting the formality of the blazer, since i dont want it to be too casual.

Thanks again, hopefully I can get a couple more people's opinion so I can pull the trigger soon!
 

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#2 or #3 - not #1 (liek GT said - avoid the poly-viscose)

Not sure why there's not a good old 100% wool navy blazer in your top 3. Head to a decent department store, to Brooks Brothers, or to a local fine men's clothing store and get it done. I personally don't like the brass buttons on blazers - and so I go to my alterations lady and have her switch them out for buttons like the ones in the photos above. Again - that's personal taste

One more suggestion - make sure the shoulders and length fit perfectly. My rookie mistake - buying sportcoats with shoulders an inch or two too wide. Try on a size down and see how the shoulders look. Remember - if the sleeves are too short - easy to fix. If the shoulders are too wide - take it to Goodwill
 

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I'm not really that crazy about any of them but definitely don't pick #1
 

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thanks, I found a RL 100% wool in my size priced @ 130$. Even though I had around 300-350 budget, decisions decisions
 

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Cashmere isn't a good choice for your locale. 100% wool (9-10 oz), or a wool/linen blend (70/30), would work well. Patch pockets are your least formal option. So if you're going to want to wear your blazer for a more formal occasion, might as well get flaps.
 

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Originally Posted by ykurtz
Cashmere isn't a good choice for your locale. 100% wool (9-10 oz), or a wool/linen blend (70/30), would work well. Patch pockets are your least formal option. So if you're going to want to wear your blazer for a more formal occasion, might as well get flaps.

Could you elaborate as to why Cashmere wouldn't be a good choice? Thanks.
 

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Originally Posted by Freakazoid!
Could you elaborate as to why Cashmere wouldn't be a good choice? Thanks.

Being in florida he probably doesn't want something that will be that warm to wear.
 

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They all look the same to me. However, if I were to choose from these three blazers, I would select ARMANI COLLEZIONI with 58% Wool and 42% Rayon.
 

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pretty stoked, found a brooks brothers on sale for 170$ (reg 625$). Its wool like most of you suggested, only thing is its a 42 (right size), but its Reg and im between 6 and 6'1. Is this a huge problem?
 

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Originally Posted by mrscrouge
pretty stoked, found a brooks brothers on sale for 170$ (reg 625$). Its wool like most of you suggested, only thing is its a 42 (right size), but its Reg and im between 6 and 6'1. Is this a huge problem?

Regular should fit you, but it just depends on your proportions and whether the bottom of the blazer covers you butt. Unless you're into the trendy/shorter jacket style in which case, a 42R may be too long. I'm about 6 feet, and I've tried on some 42 regs that are way too long and some that are way too short.
 

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