Looking to buy my first essential sport coat - need input on lines, brands, and colors. Currently lo

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  1. TummyBoy

    TummyBoy Member

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    Hey everyone. This is my first post here. I hope it isn't an annoying often asked question.

    This summer, I want to buy my first nice sport coat. My budget is roughly $800-$900, although for a really nice one, I wouldn't mind throwing in a few more bucks.

    Here are the qualities I'm looking for:

    * Something in a very universal color. I've seen navy suggested a lot, and earlier I was looking at a light gray one. The problem with navy is that two pairs of my slacks are the same color so it might just not look good. I tend to wear black, brown, navy, and gray slacks on most days.

    * Something that's not too hot. I sweat a lot. Later on this year I'll probably get a nice wool/cashmere one but for now something more suited to the hot summer months would be best.

    * Something not too unique in its design, but not too conservative. Something I can use when meeting a client yet something I can also wear over the weekend would be great.

    * Something I can buy online, preferably from mrporter. I live in Japan where they just don't carry clothes big enough for a 6'4 person.

    I was suggested Boglioli by a friend, and it looks pretty good to me. I like these three a lot:

    1.) http://www.mrporter.com/en-jp/mens/...im-fit-slubbed-silk-blend-blazer/636234?ppv=2

    2.) http://www.mrporter.com/en-jp/mens/...t-wool-and-cashmere-blend-blazer/709347?ppv=2

    3.) http://www.mrporter.com/en-jp/mens/...t-slim-fit-yarn-dyed-wool-blazer/709354?ppv=2

    (3) would probably be the safest option, although it does seem a bit warm. (2) is cashmere blended wool which looks pretty hot, and (1) is just really expensive.

    I'm also unsure about the canvassing with Boglioli goods. Obviously canvassed would be far preferred to anything else.

    Thanks a lot. I hope this is enough information.
     
  2. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Have you browsed Suit Supply's website?

    For versatility you can't beat navy or some other mid- to dark blue. You're right that your current trouser wardrobe wouldn't work well with them, but at some point you should invest in some light gray trousers anyway.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  3. TummyBoy

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    Thanks for the response.

    Actually, I have browsed Suit Supply's website, and liked a lot of what I saw. It looks like a solid line--and $300 cheaper than Boglioli to boot--and from my understanding it's all half-canvassed, which is nice.

    I'm curious about the quality difference between something from Suit Supply and something I would be buying for a few more bucks. Their stuff looks really nice, I have to say, but for my first sport coat I feel like I may want to pitch in a few more. Obviously more expensive is not the same as better, but for really high quality I'm willing to pay a bit more.
     
  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Well, the big differences between Suit Supply and Boglioli will be the materials, which are likely to be much nicer on the Boglioli, which is known for its use of fabrics, and the soft shouldered, nearly cardigan like structure of many Boglioli jackets (at least, those I've tried on).

    I would save your money for the good stuff when you've really dialed in what you like, especially if you are buying online, and can't have that "in real life" aha moment.
     
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    Academic2 Senior member

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    The thing is, you say you want "Something in a very universal color" and then link to a light gray odd jacket which isn't really versatile (I assume that's what you mean by "universal"). This is your first sport coat, not your last, so I'd again suggest that you come up with a budget that includes a navy jacket and gray trousers. If Suit Supply isn't to your liking it's not a big deal; the world is full of navy jackets.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
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    Thanks for the advice. In all honesty, I'm really new to this; before last year, I hadn't even had a proper well-tailored suit. I thought that a white/gray sport jacket would be neutral and flexible, and would work with my current clothes well, but you're probably right about starting with navy. I like the oatmeal color too, but again, I can just wait until winter to get something like that; it's too hot for this season anyway. http://www.mrporter.com/en-jp/mens/...t-slim-fit-yarn-dyed-wool-blazer/709354?ppv=2 this might be a far better choice, as the color is really beautiful. If I go with SuitSupply, they have plenty of navy sport coats too.

    @LA Guy

    You bring up a good point about not jumping in head first with the expensive stuff, and rather starting a bit more conservative. The Boglioli line, like you said, seems very soft shouldered and I may or may not even like it that much. I could always return it, but I'd rather not if possible. I'll definitely go with SuitSupply if I don't have that big of a preference in appearance. They have a lot of shades of blue too, which is great.
     
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    To me it would make sense to invest in a quality blue blazer. It will give you the most utility in your wardrobe. The ability to wear with wool gaberdines, chinos and jeans is invaluable to someone just starting off thier wardrobe. When say quality I do NOT mean suit supply either! Especially for garment that's going to get a lot of wear like a navy blazer. Therefore I say save if you have to but, plan on getting a nice well made ( in material and craftsmanship) blazer. One that is not fused canvas!
     
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    Thanks for the advice. Would you suggest any specific makers in my price range? It would be well appreciated.
     
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    It is kind of hard to recommend a specific brand without knowing what country you are from and your price range. If you are located in the states then I would say Brooks Brothers Blazers are a good option as the wool used and the construction of the jacket has held up after 6 yrs of use. I own two of their Blazers with one being off the rack and the other MTM. I wanted slanted pockets, ticket pocket, pick stitching, fully canvassed and side vents, and custom lining so I went with a custom MTM.

    Depending on your frame size the Fitzgerald or Regent fit would be an option however, if you are on the real slim side then the Milano maybe the better option to go with or if you are a big vuy then Madsion. The price point should be around 600.00 to 750 if you got with the Clubmen both are on sale until Tuesday night for 40% off. Additionally I own a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Blazer as well however, the super count is kind of high so it is not use as often as my BB ones.

    Look for how the blazer is constructed and the quality of the material used to make your determination not a brand specific.
     
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    I'm located in Japan right now. The sports coats and blazers here I just cannot buy off the rack, unless I go to something like Hugo Boss. There are very few options for me.

    My typical European size is a 54. I'm 6'4, large in the chest and arms, and lean in the stomach. Most jackets I try on are either tight in the arms/chest or loose in the stomach. I might take whatever I buy to a tailor to have it slightly altered.

    I rather like the Brooks Brothers line, but the problem is I can't see if they ship to Japan. I'll shoot them an email to see if they're willing though.
     

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