How to get a blazer tailored?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Crow, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Crow

    Crow Member

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    I am looking to get a blazer tailored that I can wear casually. I have had suits and even blazers tailored before and I notice that the jacket doesn't quite look right in a casual setting (with jeans or T-shirt).

    So, any help on what I should tell the tailor so that I am very specific about what I want would be very appreciated. I have noticed that firstly, my jacket's collar is much broader than the more casual jackets, but that is about all I would be able to tell the tailor and I don't want to be vague.

    Thanks

    PS: ^my first post
     


  2. TheHoff

    TheHoff Senior member

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    Welcome to SF! >>I notice that the jacket doesn't quite look right in a casual setting (with jeans or T-shirt) Your instincts are better than you thought. Tailored jackets don't go with t-shirts unless you're a rebel character on a primetime TV drama, so you're right on with that. I have jackets that I pair with wool trousers and with jeans but always with a collared shirt. >>So, any help on what I should tell the tailor so that I am very specific about what I want would be very appreciated. I have noticed that firstly, my jacket's collar is much broader than the more casual jackets You can't turn a suit top or business sportcoat into a casual jacket. The details are wrong. You also can't change the size of the collar (width of the lapels). Your best bet is to shop around for a true casual sportcoat. Here is an example of a sportcoat turned casual: [​IMG] Why? Patch pockets (sewn on the outside of the jacket), modern lapels, and sleeve cuffs with casual ends instead of a row of buttons. Now you don't have to have all of these things to make it casual, but you can easily see the difference between a suit coat and this.
     


  3. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Technically, lapels can be narrowed. But results might not look good, and that's independent of lapel width relative to shoulder width, other possibly formal details on the jacket, etc..
     


  4. MetroStyles

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    Hoff,

    I agree with most of what you said but I have plenty of very cool casual blazers with the whole row of buttons on the cuff - the trick is in the details.

    OP,

    A good casual blazer looks hip and fun at first sight - probably a little slimmer/hipper than the average jacket (again, you said jeans and t-shirt, so you want something hip/slim). There was a thread a while back about a guy from the Sartorialist with a good casual blazer on. Compare the specs on that to what you have and see what you like about it.
     


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