Navy Sport Coat Advice

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  1. stubbsj20

    stubbsj20 Well-Known Member

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    I am looking to purchase my first navy sport coat. I have found the two linked below at Brooks Brothers. Any opinion between the two? Are they worth the asking price (i.e. are the jackets decent quality — #1 made in Italy, #2 made in China)? Should I be looking at something different for my first navy jacket (I am a slim athletic build)? Thank you in advance for your advice.

    #1 http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Milan...var_MM00533_Color=NAVY&contentpos=2&cgid=0307

    #2 http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Milan...var_MM00485_Color=BLUE&contentpos=8&cgid=0307
     


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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    #2 is more likely to fit and it is pure wool, whereas the other one has some mystery fabric. Furthermore, the Italian-made jacket might have been made by Chinese workers, and it appears to have a strange weave (possibly barleycorn) that reduces its usefulness. Lean toward #2 or something similar with wider lapels.
     
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    stubbsj20 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much for the advice! Do you think #2 is a good first navy jacket or should I keep looking?
     
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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Due to the lapels, keep looking. Any outlet malls nearby?
     


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    stubbsj20 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, several. What stores should I be looking for?
     


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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom Rack, etc. It's basically a matter of going to stores that carry your size and finding something with the right features* that is discounted. J. Crew also makes some navy wool sport coats, but its quality is probably lower than the other options.

    *By the way, the jacket in picture #1 has patch pockets, which are too casual for many uses. The right choice shouldn't have a ticket pocket, either, in case a discounted jacket includes that.
     
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    stubbsj20 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much for all the advise! I will try and frequent some of the stores you suggested.
     


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