Help select fabric for a versatile blazer

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  1. ItWasAllADream

    ItWasAllADream New Member

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    Hi SFers,

    I've been lurking SF for a while. I recently created an account as I plan on getting my first bespoke blazer.

    With several weddings coming up and a new job, I figured it's time to upgrade my wardrobe from off the rack stuff to bespoke. I'm hoping to start off with a versatile blazer that I will mostly wear with dressier jeans (for dates and fancy dinners), and occasionally dress up with khakis or dark trousers (for company meetings and outdoor weddings). I met with a local suit maker today. After checking out some fabrics, I really liked the two choices below.

    The first choice is a light gray fabric. I'm leaning towards the second choice, which is a brown checkered Loro Piana fabric. I also included a couple other pictures to show my skin tone and body build. Could you guys please critique my choices? Is the Loro Piana fabric too loud for a daily blazer? I'm ideally looking for a daily go-to blazer that I can dress up and down depending on the occasion. Not sure if this makes a difference, but I'm in my late 20s and live in San Francisco where most people prefer a little trendier look.

    Thank you in advance,
    IWAAD

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  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    If I had to choose a single jacket, I would probably choose something like a navy fresco.

    That said, of those two fabrics, the second shepherds check might be more versatile for the variety of uses you've outlined. It also has a lower risk of looking like an orphaned suit jacket.
     
  3. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I would go with a navy hopsack if you really want something versatile. If you don't have a good navy SC yet, that should be your first choice.

    Of those you posted, I'm with LA Guy on the shepherds check.
     
  4. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Neither one of those will be versatile (though the check will go well with jeans, it will be out of place at weddings and most company events. It's also not the easiest to pair).

    Navy hopsack and fresco is really the direction you should go.
     
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    Lewisblank New Member

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    I have to agree with Claghorn about the versatility with the jacket if your going to get a jacket made I would always advise a plain jacket to start off with.
    The second choice would limit you to very light colour range when picking your outfit. while the lighter grey is nice but a light grey check could be considered a little informal but if you had to pick between the two I would personally pick that.


    My second point would be Hopsack, fresco and linen while lightweight tend to not wear as well over time and fresco especially has a certain crumple factor that always find difficult to maintain and keep it looking crisp.
    so if possibly look for something 9/10 oz in a wool that would suit the colour your most looking for (I hate telling people what colour they should wear)
    a lot of people and I mean a lot of people go for a navy blazer, which might sound boring but there are plenty of ways to make it your own such as stitch detail and buttons and styling

    what style were you going for if you don't mind me asking?
     
  6. ItWasAllADream

    ItWasAllADream New Member

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    Thanks to everyone who was kind enough to respond!

    To your question, I don't have a typical style in mind. But the last picture in my original post is the style I typically wear for work: dark slim jeans, dress shirt. AE Park Ave shoes, etc. I'll like to get a blazer that I can wear with that wardrobe on a regular basis. But when I have a more formal occasion, I'll like to be able to wear the same jacket with khakis or slacks.

    Based on everyone's advice, I've excluded the two patterns I was originally looking at. I'm considering a plain navy blazer. However, I just don't think navy matches well with my skin tone. Would any of the following colors work? They are slightly lighter than navy, but adds some extra character with a little more color.

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  7. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As someone who has a jacket in every shade of blue imaginable (including every one you just posted), I strongly recommend the first. It'll be the easiest to wear.
     

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