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Navy blazer

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by purelook, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. purelook

    purelook Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I am considering purchasing a nice navy blazer which can fit equally well with dress trousers, khaki color pants or jeans. What I have in mind is this one:

    http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat102054


    What are your thoughts, does anybody have the same one?

    Regards,
    Anastas
     
  2. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    How old are you? Is this for work? If not, have you considered a simple vest as an alternative to a sportcoat?
     
  3. purelook

    purelook Member

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    Hello,

    I am 26 and I guess I am looking for something to wear out in town (with casual pants or jeans), not so much on official occasions.

    Isn't a vest too formal?

    Regards,
    Anastas
     
  4. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Not a separate, worn without a jacket, and your sleeves rolled up. It's a nice casual look worth considering with jeans or casual slacks.

    Consider your weather, but for a jacket, you might try something in linen.
     
  5. purelook

    purelook Member

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    Can you recommend any good vests in the 150$ range?

    Thanks
     
  6. cpac

    cpac Senior member

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    It's a classic look, very versatile. If you have the cash, I'd invest in something better than the J.Crew coat, since its a classic you might keep for the rest of your life...
     
  7. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Quality on that JCrew jacket is going to be mediocre. Don't know if that's the top of your price range, but it's a lot of money for that jacket, in my opinion. There are also a LOT of blazers on eBay and in thrift stores to be had for less than 10% of that jacket.
     
  8. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Can you recommend any good vests in the 150$ range?

    Thanks


    Where are you based?
     
  9. purelook

    purelook Member

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    I am in Eastern Europe and we do not have any good stores here, so my only option is ebay and stores in NYC (a friend can make the purchase for me)

    The bad thing of course is I cannot try it on, so I have to rely on the size chart. And unfortunately 250-300 is the top I can afford right now.

    Regards,
    Anastas
     
  10. johnapril

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    For that amount you might try to have something tailored. I picked up one in Cannes from Gauthier for 205 euros, and that should be considered the high end.
     
  11. purelook

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    I think that would be nice, but not possible at the moment. Last week I went to a tailor to have a black cotton sportcoat taken in the waist. He did a horrible job, in my view, and I made him undo it. So I'd rather order something my size I know would be decent.
     
  12. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    What size are you?
     
  13. profjmb

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    Everyone should have a navy blazer. I think that vests can't touch 'em in versatility or style. The fact that you don't have one and don't really know what you want supports your purchasing a less expensive one, for now. J Crew will last you a few years, and in the meantime you can decide how you like to wear it. People on this list gravitate toward things that'll last forever, but spending lots of extra money for that doesn't always make sense....
     
  14. purelook

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    Size is 42L.
    I liked the jcrew one because it looks simple and has clean lines (at least looking at the photo) And I thought the material will be ok. But if anyone can suggest a better one I will look at it.

    Thanks for your help,
    Anastas
     
  15. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Everyone should have a navy blazer. I think that vests can't touch 'em in versatility or style. The fact that you don't have one and don't really know what you want supports your purchasing a less expensive one, for now. J Crew will last you a few years, and in the meantime you can decide how you like to wear it. People on this list gravitate toward things that'll last forever, but spending lots of extra money for that doesn't always make sense....

    I completely disagree with this about a navy blazer.
     
  16. chorse123

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    The JCrew one isn't going to be terrible--I've seen it in the store and it's passable, but the material and construction are just mediocre, and I don't think it will wear well over time. It's just that if you're not in a rush, you can certainly do a lot better either at retail/online sales, or second hand through eBay. If you'd consider double breasted, this one looks great:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/As-New-Superb-CA...QQcmdZViewItem
     
  17. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The JCrew one isn't going to be terrible--I've seen it in the store and it's passable, but the material and construction are just mediocre, and I don't think it will wear well over time. It's just that if you're not in a rush, you can certainly do a lot better either at retail/online sales, or second hand through eBay. If you'd consider double breasted, this one looks great:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/As-New-Superb-CA...QQcmdZViewItem


    I'll second the e-Bay suggestion. That will let you check the measurements before buying, too.

    J. Crew is the only retail store where I've seen a fused coat with bubbled lapel. I assume it just slipped through quality control, but I still found it surprising. Only a couple of months ago, too.
     
  18. purelook

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    Thank you.
    I will definitely wait for something good on ebay. Single breasted coat is more versatile and easier to match with other clothes, so I will choose it over the double breasted one.
     
  19. SGladwell

    SGladwell Senior member

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    Hi everyone,

    I am considering purchasing a nice navy blazer which can fit equally well with dress trousers, khaki color pants or jeans. What I have in mind is this one:

    http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat102054


    What are your thoughts, does anybody have the same one?


    Depending on where you are in Eastern Europe, a train to Berlin, Vienna, or maybe Prague (?) to go thrifting/outlet hunting would be a much better alternative than the J Crew jacket.
     
  20. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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