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Playful elements for a Sport Coat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by onix, Mar 16, 2011.



  1. onix

    onix Senior member

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    When people bespoke stuff, there often seems to be a need to put in some element that differentiates it from something off the rack either to show off that it's custom or to justify to yourself why you went custom. Nine times out of ten it looks bad. A well fitting coat in a fabric you like is enough to make it stand out from something you bought in a store and enough to justify going custom. I recommend reserving the unique elements to something incidental, like the lining, or something functional, like psg's Blackberry pocket.

    That's why one must ponder carefully how to get to that one time out of ten that it looks good. And thus, that's exactly the reason why this thread was started.
     


  2. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Had a light-weight, sports jacket done in a light blue with cream windowpane fabric and mother-of-pearl buttons for summer. When it came back the lapel buttonhole was done in cream thread (all other buttonholes were not contrasting). I didn't ask for it, but I also like it on that jacket.

    It's flashy, no doubt and I wouldn't want it on all my jackets, but I wouldn't wear this one to anything but the most casual events anyway, so I actually like it.

    [​IMG]
     


  3. PTWilliams

    PTWilliams Senior member

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    Semi Norfolk jacket
    Cuffed sleeves
    [​IMG]
    A panel of flat LDL sewed jut under the surface of the back fabric that would display a message of your choice when lit, like, "My parents went to Italy and all I got with this dumb bespoke jacket" or "for a good time contact SpooPoker at www.styleforum.net" or "for a really, really good time don't contact SpooPoker at www.styleforum.net"

    The lining offers the best option, the extravagence becomes on a need-to-know basis.
     


  4. zalb916

    zalb916 Senior member

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    That's why one must ponder carefully how to get to that one time out of ten that it looks good. And thus, that's exactly the reason why this thread was started.

    I'm not trying to be mean, but if you have to ask on SF, then you're likely not getting that 1 out of 10 times. Those who can pull it off tend to be those who've had lots of experience trying and failing over the years. I'm not saying it can't happen. It just usually doesn't.
     


  5. alliswell

    alliswell Senior member

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    pics??

    Vox and I posted independently-inspired photos before imageshack stopped play nice. The trick is two working buttonholes, back-to-back on each flap of the cuff.
     


  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How about this Hermes scarf jacket lining?

    [​IMG]
     


  7. rmanoj

    rmanoj Active Member

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    How about more prominent turnback cuffs than the picture above - four sleeve buttons all buttoning the cuffs down? Also consider pockets (including the breast pocket) with buttoned-down flaps. A belted back would be fun as well.
     


  8. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    Had a light-weight, sports jacket done in a light blue with cream windowpane fabric and mother-of-pearl buttons for summer. When it came back the lapel buttonhole was done in cream thread (all other buttonholes were not contrasting). I didn't ask for it, but I also like it on that jacket.
    [​IMG]


    I have a similar fabric being made up now for a summer sports coat.

    While I wouldn't think to ask for the contrasting stitching, it looks neat without being overwhelming and I think it falls under the realm of "happy accident" rather than "mistake." Still I agree with this:

    I like the idea of a simple sport coat that doesn't had a lot of bells and whistles to it.

    Opt for a sport coat with a unique pattern...


    The fabric and the presence of patch pockets (should you choose), the choice of lining and buttons, and the excellent fit that you'll hopefully get should be enough. I think beyond that we're getting into dangerous waters.
     


  9. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    [​IMG] It is the type of response I expected from SFers when I clicked on this thread.
    It's almost like asking the Amish for suggestions to blinging up.

    It seems like just about the only fun recommended by SF is getting one made in a loud checks fabric.

    Surely there are interesting touches you can add to a bespoke piece without being tacky.
     


  10. onix

    onix Senior member

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    I'm not trying to be mean, but if you have to ask on SF, then you're likely not getting that 1 out of 10 times. Those who can pull it off tend to be those who've had lots of experience trying and failing over the years. I'm not saying it can't happen. It just usually doesn't.

    Again, that's exactly why I asked this question in SF. I have no prior experience with deviation from classical style, but one must start somewhere. There must be some SF'ers out there that have been "trying and failing over the years", and thus asking from the collective experience of SF, IMO, is a good idea. The end result of this maybe a failure, but if one never try, one never know. And I hate "what if"s.
     


  11. onix

    onix Senior member

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    I kinda like the link idea, as most folks won't notice.
    The more I think about it the more of a good idea it seems. I can always use the normal buttons in normal situations. Or can switch out to something different when going out on a date night for example. Or can even just switch one button (each side) out just for a little touch. There seems to have a lot of room to play without sacrificing the traditional look.
     


  12. onix

    onix Senior member

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    Had a light-weight, sports jacket done in a light blue with cream windowpane fabric and mother-of-pearl buttons for summer. When it came back the lapel buttonhole was done in cream thread (all other buttonholes were not contrasting). I didn't ask for it, but I also like it on that jacket.

    It's flashy, no doubt and I wouldn't want it on all my jackets, but I wouldn't wear this one to anything but the most casual events anyway, so I actually like it.

    [​IMG]


    I like this much much more than the felt flower look.
     


  13. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Onix, I am known to dress very un-CBD but I wouldn't go with either of those and I like the flashy.
     


  14. pvrhye

    pvrhye Senior member

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    How about a shooting jacket like the ones that Huntsman does.
     


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