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Noob question. What to do?

MZhammer

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So when I was in NY I found an Isaia Gianluca orphan or SC that I purchased and wear as an SC. I found it at Ina so its a used jacket but seemed to be in stellar condition. Its a heavy wool Grey chalk stripe 3/2 roll with ticket pocket, horn buttons, working button holes etc.

This was in my pre-SF days and I didn't look closely enough at the jacket. The sleeves are too short and I figured I could lengthen then but upon closer inspection it seems as though there has been some wear around the cuff which could leave a slightly visible line if the jacket was altered.

I love the jacket, its far and away the nicest piece of clothing I own. IMO it fits perfect everywhere else (I have a slight button pull in the pic due to having just eaten dinner). Whats a poor, young man to do? Wear it short, lengthen it or try to get out and get my money back?

I hesitate to sell it because I love it so...

Don't be too harsh on the fit please, I am a newbie






 

I am DIL

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Hate to say it; it looks orphaned, my friend.
 

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Anyone with less than 75 posts should be treated gently. As you are only on post 10 you are entitled to 65 more mistakes. After that...well lets leave it as a suprise.
The fit of the jacket is fine so do nothing further with it.
If your interest is to dress better, then accept that an orphaned suit jacket, especially a pin-striped or chalk-striped one can never be properly matched and taken seriously. No matter how you may try, the pants you try to match with it will never look right.
Therefore, if you insist on wearing this jacket further, you'll have to take a completely different strategy and try contrast.
Examples: Denim in tan, blue or even green. Yellow (if you dare) or Nantucket Red pants will also contrast nicely.
A button-down collared shirt and wild pocket square may work. You'll need to experiment and post photos of the experiments.
What you want to do is play down this jacket so it acts like a sport coat. A Tattersal shirt would be fun with it.
If you have the energy, lay out a dozen shirts and pants with colour on your bed and take a photo. We'll make suggestions from there.
Lay out your shoes on the floor, both black and brown. take a photo as well. Again, we can make a suggestion or two to get you started.
You could even wear sneakers with this jacket and the shirt and pants guidelines I have given.
You could wear a sweater vest or light coloured waistcoat with this jacket too. Be playful with the combos and it may work.
Post lots and lots of photos as you go. Good luck amigo.
 
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Hate to say it; it looks orphaned, my friend.
^Sorry, this. But you are ahead of the game in that, aside from the sleeves, you now have a good sense of a cut, measurements, and brand that work for you. That's a good place to start.
 
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I am DIL

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Anyone with less than 75 posts should be treated gently. As you are only on post 10 you are entitled to 65 more mistakes. After that...well lets leave it as a suprise.
The fit of the jacket is fine so do nothing further with it.
If your interest is to dress better, then accept that an orphaned suit jacket, especially a pin-striped or chalk-striped one can never be properly matched and taken seriously. No matter how you may try, the pants you try to match with it will never look right.
Therefore, if you insist on wearing this jacket further, you'll have to take a completely different strategy and try contrast.
Examples: Denim in tan, blue or even green. Yellow (if you dare) or Nantucket Red pants will also contrast nicely.
A button-down collared shirt and wild pocket square may work. You'll need to experiment and post photos of the experiments.
What you want to do is play down this jacket so it acts like a sport coat. A Tattersal shirt would be fun with it.
If you have the energy, lay out a dozen shirts and pants with colour on your bed and take a photo. We'll make suggestions from there.
Lay out your shoes on the floor, both black and brown. take a photo as well. Again, we can make a suggestion or two to get you started.
You could even wear sneakers with this jacket and the shirt and pants guidelines I have given.
You could wear a sweater vest or light coloured waistcoat with this jacket too. Be playful with the combos and it may work.
Post lots and lots of photos as you go. Good luck amigo.



Quote: I'm in agreement. You're off to a good start, MZ.
 

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So when I was in NY I found an Isaia Gianluca orphan or SC that I purchased and wear as an SC. I found it at Ina so its a used jacket but seemed to be in stellar condition. Its a heavy wool Grey chalk stripe  3/2 roll with ticket pocket, horn buttons, working button holes etc.

This was in my pre-SF days and I didn't look closely enough at the jacket. The sleeves are too short and I figured I could lengthen then but upon closer inspection it seems as though there has been some wear around the cuff which could leave a slightly visible line if the jacket was altered.

I love the jacket, its far and away the nicest piece of clothing I own. IMO it fits perfect everywhere else (I have a slight button pull in the pic due to having just eaten dinner).
Whats a poor, young man to do?
Wear it short, lengthen it or try to get out and get my money back?

I hesitate to sell it because I love it so...

Don't be too harsh on the fit please, I am a newbie






Measure it and then troll the internet for a similarly sized suit. Sorted.
 

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Yes, fit is nice but sorry to say if you wear it without the matching pants you'll look like a fool.
 

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First of all let me thank everyone for all of the responses; they were all respectful and helpful, offering insight and real suggestions. Quite a nice welcome to SF!

Secondly, I did not mention in the original post but I probably should have, I have not attempted to wear it with any dress pants or try to find a match to it. Rather, I always pair it with dark jeans and use it exclusively as a casual blazer for after work drinks or such. The picture isn't the greatest quality but those are actually dark jeans and in person its fairly evident.

Is it acceptable to use an orphan like this?
 

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Listen to MOL, he knows the business. I would personally change the buttons to some dark brown horn to make it look less orphaned, and use it as a beater jacket on the town etc.
 

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First of all let me thank everyone for all of the responses; they were all respectful and helpful, offering insight and real suggestions. Quite a nice welcome to SF!

Secondly, I did not mention in the original post but I probably should have, I have not attempted to wear it with any dress pants or try to find a match to it. Rather, I always pair it with dark jeans and use it exclusively as a casual blazer for after work drinks or such. The picture isn't the greatest quality but those are actually dark jeans and in person its fairly evident.

Is it acceptable to use an orphan like this?

totally
 

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