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How (in)flexible is this grey blazer

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by Aloysius16, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. Aloysius16

    Aloysius16 Well-Known Member

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    I have just bought a RL black label blazer in mid grey with silver buttons. is this going to be too problematic to pair with other clothes, especially because it has a smooth (and very lovely) texture? I'm not totally sold on the buttons but they at least stop it looking like a suit jacket. I have some very dark grey (nearly black) trousers which might provide enough contrast. What are general thoughts?

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  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    TBH, aside from the buttons it looks 100% like a suit jacket. If it was a fuzzy flannel it might be another story. I wouldn't keep it.
     
  3. Aloysius16

    Aloysius16 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I do see that. It's such a lovely fabric and full canvass construction that I was hoping to persuade myself to keep it. I guess this is why I got it at a discount price - as ever, there is a reason for it to be affordable... Any other opinions before it goes back?
     
  4. Wayward

    Wayward Senior member

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    Sorry, but it screams orphaned suit jacket. Furthermore, wearing dark trousers will create the "Northern Lights" look which, while doable, ups the difficulty.

    Not worth the investment IMO.
     
  5. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    95% of the time, if you kind of, sort of, wonder whether a "blazer" might, in fact, be an orphan suit jacket, it's because it is an orphan suit jacket. And if you're honest with yourself, you know it's an orphan suit jacket. But you're hoping someone online might suggest that it's not completely impossible that you're wrong.

    Given that actual blazers from well respected labels are plentiful on the used market, often in excellent to essentially unworn condition, and typically sell for a small fraction of what a blazer of comparable quality would sell for new, it's seldom worth buying an orphan suit jacket to wear as a blazer, unless there's something very special about the orphan which greatly appeals to you and the seller's practically giving it away.
     
  6. Aloysius16

    Aloysius16 Well-Known Member

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    True, but this is a fairly recent RL black label gabardine blazer rather than an actual suit jacket. It just happens to look exactly like one unless you focus on being distracted by the buttons! It makes one wonder why they (I think it is made by Caruso) produced it in this fabric as it is about the most difficult colour and fabric to assert as a blazer. Such a pity as it is a lovely fit, amazing construction, and I paid less than £200 new,
     

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