Leather jackets

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  1. zman1974

    zman1974 Member

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    Been doing a great deal of thinking about purchasing a leather jacket. I live in SW Florida, and the only reason I would even consider one is that I work outside during the "cold" part of the season. Still, I don't want to skimp. Saw a nice Polo RL windbreaker-style jacket for about $300, and a Joseph Abboud for the same money. Don't need a heavy coat, and not really into the motorcycle bad-boy image. What do you guys think?

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    what about a classic flight jacket?
     
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    Hi Foxx, Is this what you mean? Looks promising. What do you think of the quality? Flight Jacket Z
     
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    Sure, if it's 1986 and you're called 'Goose' or 'Iceman'. Does the jacket have to be leather? How about a peacoat, or a down-filled Gore-Tex jacket? More warmth, less pseudo-military eighties bad-boy vibe. What line of work are you in, and what other clothing will you be wearing with this jacket?
     
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    what about a classic flight jacket?
    Sure, if it's 1986 and you're called 'Goose' or 'Iceman'. Does the jacket have to be leather? How about a peacoat, or a down-filled Gore-Tex jacket? More warmth, less pseudo-military eighties bad-boy vibe. What line of work are you in, and what other clothing will you be wearing with this jacket?
    I am employed by the State of Florida as a Senior Classification Officer in a maximum security prison. I generally wear dress pants with either polo or long sleeve dress or casual shirts. Come to think of it, a little bad boy image may not be a bad thing after all. Seriously, though, I really like leather jackets. I always owned one until I moved down to Florida (grew up in Missouri). Just getting a bad case of nostalgia, I guess. I thought leather jackets never went out of style? Or am I wrong? Z
     
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    Nick M Senior member

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    Leather jackets are always in somewhere, but a flight jacket is hard to put together with anything else and look good. Most people wear it in what I like to call the 'Tom Clancy' look - pleated wool dress slacks, a chambray dress shirt or polo, and tassel loafers. Style-wise, it's neither here nor there, casual or dressy, and, to me, has an air of 'old man trying to look young and hip, but not quite sure how'. Â [​IMG] (Add a baseball cap with the name of a naval destroyer on it, and you're Clancy all the way.) Plus, the combination of a hip-length padded jacket and pleated slacks makes almost anyone look a little pudgy around the middle... How about something a little longer? [​IMG] Something like that, you could wear with jeans, slacks, a suit if you really needed to. And the length hides a multitude of sins... Â [​IMG] EDIT: Maybe a brown one. Easier to coordinate with navy and gray, and less cliched to boot.
     
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    Looked everywhere for something like what you describe, Nick; here is the best I could find. RL Purple Label Long Coat It may be too long, but it's quality is impeccable. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Z
     
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    I like it, and I don't usually like RL leather jackets - they usually go overboard on buckles, snaps and belts. That one has a nice, simple silhouette, and the pick-stitching on all the edges is a fine touch. That said, if you're going to drop US$500-900 on a jacket, you might want to get a couple more opinions... Â [​IMG]
     
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    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I can vouch for that coat - I have an identical one I'm about to list and it's really nice. However it is an overcoat so it is not as versatile as a shorter coat.
     
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    For a more versatile coat, why don't you try a chocolate brown three-quarter length jacket. I feel like I'm about to set myself up for crucifixation here, but A|X often has some pretty good ones at a reasonable price starting this time of year. Just don't do the boxy leather blazer thing, please. Or I'll have to mock you, and what good would that do anyone?
     
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    It's not 3/4 length, but it's brown. Anyone familar with Barbour? From what I read, they have a good rep. Barbour Bushman Jacket Z
     

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