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I've put pics in the OP. It's just a regular navy jacket.Depends on the suit jacket. Often easy to spot an orphan jacket—especially if it is a dark smooth worsted or has a pattern traditionally associated with suiting rather than jacketing.
Pics or at least a description might help.
Thanks. Could I remove the pocket flaps to make them patch pockets (or at least tuck them inside)? Also what type of casual fabrics do you recommend for a blazer/sports jacket?I think a typical dark navy jacket with flap pockets and worsted wool will always look like an orphaned suit jacket. I like to have at least one casual style element - for me that's either patch pockets or a more "casual" fabric, meaning not as plain as a worsted navy wool.
This does not say that it wouldn't look good to most people, or that anybody besides SF members would even notice or bother at all.
I agree a light/medium brown horn button would def make it slightly more casual and push it a bit further away from a typical suit jacket. FWIW, I bet less than 10% of the people you pass on the street would be able to identify it as an orphaned suit jacket especially with the buttons swapped out.As @WSW said above, easiest change would be to swap the buttons out. Brown horn, metal buttons (I am partial to pewter but the traditional brass buttons are fine too), or mother-of-pearl if you’re feeling adventurous.
You won’t have enough material to make patch pockets, plus the slits for the pockets can’t be closed. You can tuck the flaps in if you like.
It was originally an OTR suit from Men's Warehouse. It's pretty light and comfortable. It's wool but not to shiney.I think the main thing that would give it away is the fabric, but it's hard to judge the fabric in photos. It depends on the lightness, sheen, the finish, etc. If it looks like a very fine worsted, I would move on. Even dark horn buttons won't change that.