I have an unusual idea for a coat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nupton, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. nupton

    nupton Member

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    While I do work on my shirt, I've had an idea for a tuxedo coat. Since I have a few plain suits and a black tuxedo, I wanted something a little more fashionable to wear occasionally. Presumably all of you know of (and likely most of you despise) the Neru jacket as applied to tuxedos. my idea is this: A black or off-white Neru jacket, 5-7 satin-covered buttons (same color as the coat), and (also same-colored) satin trim on the wrists/cuffs (edge of the sleeve to about four inches up), collar, and about 2 inches on the front where the buttons come through. The main material will be wool suiting (worsted, flannel, or gabardine). Either no pockets or just a left breast pocket. Length of the coat is to mid-thigh, like a suit-coat Understand that this is not really going to be worn to any truly formal or semiformal occasions, but rather as a more fun and fashionable coat. Bearing that in mind, opinions? Edit: c'mon, don't be shy, love it or hate it, I'd value your input. 14 views and no posts?
     


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    Sounds interesting, but hard to wear. IIRC, this type of coat is often worn in old James Bond movies by the villain. Nehru collar and all.
     


  3. j

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    I think I would need a picture to give an opinion. If you can't draw one, go here and find something similar. It sounds like something they would have up for offer.
     


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    Here's the best I could do in PSP. I'm a lot better with pencil and paper, but I don't have a scanner at the moment. [​IMG]
     


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    Looks like the jacket that Andy Garcia wore in Oceans 12.
     


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    ...and it even looked silly on HIM.  I actually commented when he first came on screen wearing it that I was disappoined in him because he looked so perfectly well-appointed in the original, Ocean's 11.

    I suppose if you're very young, and like being "different" then you might be able to pull it off in the "fun" category.  But in general, I think I would try to avoid any wardrobing choices that resemble Michael Jackson.  But that's just me.

    For the record, I think it AWESOME that you've got the initiative and creativity to work on your own clothes.  What a great adventure..
     


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    Maybe you should make it into more of a winter coat and have it be almost knee-length. Do it in thick herringbone, have a mandarin collar, and a vent in back, make it slim fitting. Then, you would look like you're out of the Matrix. I think some of the costumes in it were pretty cool. But it wouldn't be a Nehru jacket any more.
     


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    santa suit?
     


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    Dissenting voice here: I think it would be really cool to make this for yourself. It is totally reasonable to make something a bit outrageous instead of something that you could buy in any other store.

    I was also disappointed by Andy Garcia in Ocean's 12. But he didn't make the thing himself, and he used it as business wear instead of as a "fun and fashionable coat". That is not creative, that is what I would see as a fashion victim. But since you are willing to put your own time, mind and sweat into this project, you have a lot more leeway to get something different. In my opinion anyways.
     


  10. Matt

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    totally 100 percent agree here, and i for one am jealous of anyone who has the skill to make anything (since i barely have the skill to sew a button)

    ...however, dont want him to spend all his efforts on something that he ends up not being able to wear or never have the occasion to wear, ot for me to judge, but i suspect this would be.
     


  11. Fritz

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    Yes, since I don't know Nupton in person (and whether he is able to pull this off), I can't really argue with that. I should say, however, that this is a learning experience as much as anything. If I had made a coat like that, I would wear it maybe once a year, if that, but I would still be happy to have it, and look at it from time to time.

    Also, without criticizing Nupton's tailoring skills: it takes people decades to learn how to make a proper suit. So in terms of wearability I think it is rather smart to start out by sewing things that do not have to stand competiton of similar, but professionally produced products. If he makes something exotic, and is able to pull off the look, he'll look cool. If he makes a blue blazer, there is a strong chance he will just look cheap and cheesy. (No offense intended, I'd love to be proven wrong on this last part)
     


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