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Looking around for first sportcoat - modern fit brands?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by upenox, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. upenox

    upenox Member

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    Hi all,

    I am looking around at getting my first sportcoat for casual wear and probably for the office sometimes. I'd like something that I can wear with jeans and also something that can be thrown on with some slacks and a semi-dress shirt to wear to work. I may end up buying a couple of jackets, it just depends on what I find.

    So my question - can anyone recommend or point me in the direction of some brands/"models"/sites that have nice, modern fit jackets? I generally tend to lean towards grey/black/charcoal/cream vs. navy or brown, but I'm open to anything as long as I can make it work - just looking for some ideas.

    Thanks! [​IMG]
    upen
     


  2. binge

    binge Senior member

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    Try on some Ralph Lauren Black Label.

    If you add your location to your profile, we might be able to suggest places to find.
     


  3. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    You might try posting your measurements.
     


  4. JustinW

    JustinW Senior member

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    What's your budget, too?
     


  5. upenox

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    Try on some Ralph Lauren Black Label.

    If you add your location to your profile, we might be able to suggest places to find.


    Thanks for the recommendation - I'll check that out later today. I updated my profile with my location. I'm in Huntsville, AL which is about 1.5 hours from Nashville and Birmingham and I think about 2.5-3 hours from Atlanta.

    You might try posting your measurements.

    All I've got right now is waist size (~34) and chest size (~38). I probably need to go somewhere to try some things on to get a definite fit, but I figure I can probably order a ~38 jacket and be ok after some tailoring - I could be wrong though [​IMG].

    What's your budget, too?

    I'm looking for something probably under a couple hundred.
     


  6. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    I'd guess Black Label (aka RLBL) won't be the best fit: with a 38" chest, it's cut for someone with a 31" waist. Might be too severe a drop, but give it a whirl. In your price range, you'd probably have to buy from the outlet in NY (by phone).

    Look into getting a sportscoat made by TAT.

    I might also try to get something from Z Zegna or Varvatos from a bargain retailer like Filene's. Construction quality of these brands won't be high by forum standards, but I like both cuts, and they're not as severe as RLBL.

    Last idea: Paul Smith, though this'll be harder to find on discount.
     


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