Need help with choosing navy sport's jacket

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  1. docka

    docka Senior member

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    Plan A:

    http://us.topman.com/webapp/wcs/sto...s=category~[1070102|447497]&noOfRefinements=1

    or

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/Ludlowsportcoats/PRDOVR~21509/21509.jsp


    Topman's jacket is $100 while Jcrew's jacket is $290. I know everybody thinks material such as polyester is a big no-no, but given that Jcrew's version is close to 3x the amount and this jacket will be worn sparingly, do you think it's worth the jump? I know the navy sport's jacket is a staple item but I'm not sure if I'm going to wear it enough to justify the price. Topman's material is trash, but the cutting fits me nicely.

    Plan B:

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...ructedLudlowSportcoats/PRDOVR~56083/56083.jsp

    The unconstructed navy jacket is $120. It's more casual and I guess it's less versatile since it can't be dressed up like the wool blazer.
     
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  2. jaywhyy

    jaywhyy Senior member

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    In what occasions will you wear said jacket?
     
  3. docka

    docka Senior member

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    I didn't think off any specific occasion, so I guess something casual will suffice - basically throw it on and head out type of jacket. If its overly formal, I can always break out a suit.

    It's just a piece I was merely thinking of adding to my wardrobe, so I had versatility in mind, but I wasn't sure whether 3x the price (JCREW wool jacket) was justifiable. I think it will be a splurge in the context of what I'm going to use it for.
     
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    jaywhyy Senior member

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    In any case, I do not think any jacket from topman is worth purchasing. Their jackets are cut comically short and are polyester.
     
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    docka Senior member

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    The length looks a little short from the picture as well. Usually the tail is a bit longer I presume.
     
  6. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    What size are you? I can proxy you a Corneliani ID navy SC for roughly $220 + tax (Canadian) - marked down from $1k +. I won't charge a proxy fee; just want to help a fellow SFer out.

    Corneliani is a much better bet than the SCs above. The ID line is canvassed and made in Italy.
     
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    The proxy offer is open to all btw.
     
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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Avoid the TopMan jacket. It will probably look and feel cheap and you won't like wearing it. It could well be a classic "bargain" purchase that ends up sitting in your closet collecting dust. For dressing up, the cotton jacket from J Crew IMO is a poor substitute. It may get some use for casual wear but it is not that versatile. I can't attest to the quality of J Crew, but of the choices you provided, the wool blazer is by far the best option.

    The real question is whether you want to pay $300 for a navy blazer. To me $300 for a versatile wardrobe staple that could last a long time makes a lot of sense. YMMV. If you're not ready to spend that much, then perhaps hold off on getting a navy jacket at all. It's a wardrobe staple but there's a price point below which you will struggle to find something that is well made.
     
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    GBR Senior member

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    No polyester product is worth buying.
     
  10. GBR

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    No polyester product is worth buying.
     
  11. othertravel

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    I would qualify this by saying some 'travel' blazers contain a small amount of polyester to prevent wrinkling. RLBL and Samuelsohn both do this. For travel purposes, this is acceptable imo.
     
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  12. docka

    docka Senior member

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    no votes so far? I guess it's a no-go for topman, but the cotton vs wool jacket is debatable?
     
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    You really haven't provided good options. For $290 you can find something way better than JCrew.
     
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    docka Senior member

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    I'll look into it. Thanks.
     
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