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Let's Talk Sportcoats

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by odoreater, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. bachbeet

    bachbeet Senior member

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    El: I looked at that Barbera and finally said "No, I don't like it enough."

    BTW, is he still teamed with Hanna? [​IMG]
     
  2. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I might go with something like this:

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    I like it, but you may want to get something in a different color. I think it would fit all the same pairings as your existing sportcoat.
     
  3. Soph

    Soph Senior member

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    The L. Barbera looks as if it was one designed by Attolini. If so, then this cut is quite exceptional. The pictures are quite poor though, so hard to say of the colors.

    I would avoid a grey based sportcoat as your 2nd, since grey trousers are your primary goto pant for business if your objective is to diversify your business casual wardrobe.


    I think you could wear this with navy and/or black for a very authortative look polo/sweater/turtule or the classic light blue shirt and tie:
    Charcaol pants being the pant: The pattern of the jacket is one of sophistication, diverse from your Navy sportcoat, and can serve as palate of combinations, it has Olive in the pattern also for the occassional green, I see it working quite well with Navy and Light blue.
    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/Pro...28For%20Men%29
     
  4. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Brown and olives are very classy for Fall. I like a lot of muted plaids in green as well.
     
  5. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    So, believe it or not, I only have one sport coat

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  6. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    For your second blazer, I would suggest something in a solid color. I think solid sport coats are easier to coordinate the shirt and tie (and pants).

    Once you have several sports jackets, I would start getting the tweeds and more busy patterns.
     
  7. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    Minor hijack. I have zero sportcoats and could use one as well, and might consider buying one if it's significantly discounted (otherwise, I'd wait till I go back to Asia). What is the best way to go about buying an RTW sport coat significantly on sale? Try on a few and see what you like and how sizings are, then keep an eye out on eBay?
     
  8. horton

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    The black white herringbone and the grey donegal are excellent, excellent suggestions from thinman and iammatt. I'd strongly concur.

    A lot of jackets look good in the manaequin pictures because they're perfectly coordinated or layered with stuff (that most people don't have and if you did you probably wouldn't wear because it looks too affected). The herrringbone and donnegals will look better on you than on the manequins and can coordinate with just about anything.

    I'd use the silhouette of the jacket to express the attitude you want (e.g., perhaps trimmer cut) and not the pattern. If you want pattern, get nice patterned shirts -- at least until you build up your wardrobe. I wouldn't advise getting patterned sportscoats until you were on your 5th or 6th or so.

    Good luck
     
  9. designprofessor

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    Browns, tweeds. I have a dark brown corduroy that can dress up or be used with jeans, you'll have your pick of brown shoes.
     
  10. LARon

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    I agree that if you like the coat as much you as you say, you should seize the opportunity, rather than live with the regret of having a bunch of guys you don't know talk you out of it. That said, I also agree that it is sufficiently distinctive that it'll be "made" each time you wear it. But that's no reason not to buy it. Only women stress over being "made" in something worn last week; its not really an issue for men to engage in repeat wearings, particularly if there's a noticeable attempt to vary the ensemble.

    In fact, IMHO, people will notice your sartorial talents more if repeat wearings are noticeably different, such that the jacket is given a different "look" each time its worn (and that jacket certainly has enough colors to be matched with a variety of trousers and accessories). Its a game I used to play before I had the extensive wardrobe I have now; like improv stage performance where the audience gives you five objects and sees how creative you can be in integrating them into different skits. The more creative you get, the more natural the five disparate objects seem and the louder the applause. And, after all, isn't that what its all about -- the applause!

    P.S. I'm also a huge fan of the navy blazer. I know you already have a navy sportcoat, but a blazer has a different character that fits a range of occasions. I wouldn't knock it. Though I don't wear mine with any regularity now, its my utility in fielder, my shortstop, and works with damn near everything.
     
  11. LARon

    LARon Senior member

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    I really like the second jacket too, even more than the first. Just a matter of choice.
     
  12. GQgeek

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    My first 3 sports jackets were all blue. The first was dark blue (but not navy) wool & silk. The second was 90 cashmere / 10 goat hair (again, not navy), and the third was a navy 100% cashmere. There is no mistaking either of these jackets so it really doesn't look like i'm wearing the same thing all the time.

    It makes it really easy to mix and match when your sports jacket rotation is on the small side. To go with those jackets I had pants in light grey, medium grey, charcoal, mocha, and white linen, as well as light grey and charcoal flannels. Throw in a bunch of different shirts and you don't have to wear the same outfit for a long time.

    Only after i've covered the basics did I start branching out. I've got a brown with blue windowpane and a medium grey with light blue windowpane on order with my tailor. I suggest you build-up your basics first and then start working on other things.
     

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