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Sport Jacket/Blazer recommendation (Links provided)

DL5392

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Hello fellow gents!
I was just at my local TM Lewin where they are having a closing down sale. Looking to expand my wardrobe with the addition of sport jackets/blazers.
I am a final year uni student based in Australia. I have a keen interest in menswear, so will try to wear these jackets out for a nice dinner/networking events etc.
I am an Asian Chinese as well, to give a perspective of skin tone.
I recently got a dark blue suit.

First Jacket :
100% wool Navy Herringbone with 3 patch pockets (2 at the sides, 1 at the chest)

Second Jacket :
100% wool Forest Green with windowpane. 2 Patch pockets

Third Jacket :
Blue windowpane with 2 patch pockets

Fourth Jacket :
Classic Navy jacket with 2 patch pockets. 45% wool, 5 % cashmere blend

5th Jacket :
100% wool Light-brownish windowpane check.

Which of these jackets would you recommend for someone looking to elevate their wardrobe? Currently leaning towards the First or the Fourth Jacket as they are navy. Appreciate any inputs. Cheers
 

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I wouldn't go with any of them. They are all too short in the currently trendy style. A jacket should be long enough to cover your seat.
 

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I wouldn't go with any of them. They are all too short in the currently trendy style. A jacket should be long enough to cover your seat.
i tried most of them on.. quite happy with the length, given i am a little shorter. If length is not an issue, which one would you pick?
 

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Yes, agree that your first jacket should be a solid navy. Though the one navy blazer on that list is 45% Wool, 37% viscose, 13% tensel, 5% cashmere. Probably not a good cloth.
 

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I think you should look for something else. Those jackets don't look to be very good, and you might be better served in a different aesthetic altogether.
 

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Thanks for your input guys, appreciate it! Just a question, why not the first jacket? It’s navy herringbone in 100% wool, I reckon the herringbone texture is a great way to elevate a smart casual outfit. What do you guys reckon?
 

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Your first jacket should always be a navy blazer.
Simply not true imo, even though it is very frequently said.
It simply isn't appropriate attire in many circumstances that your average man is going to find himself in today. Look around you, how many men do you see walking around in navy blazers? It's too formal for most social situations and not formal enough for most situations where there's an expectation of formal dress.
 

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Simply not true imo, even though it is very frequently said.
It simply isn't appropriate attire in many circumstances that your average man is going to find himself in today. Look around you, how many men do you see walking around in navy blazers? It's too formal for most social situations and not formal enough for most situations where there's an expectation of formal dress.
It is absolutely true. And I see plenty of men who wear navy sport coats where I work and live. Though maybe not a blazer with shiny gold buttons, if that’s what you have in mind. What single sport coat color do you think is more versatile than navy?
 

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Thanks for your input guys, appreciate it! Just a question, why not the first jacket? It’s navy herringbone in 100% wool, I reckon the herringbone texture is a great way to elevate a smart casual outfit. What do you guys reckon?
No to the contrast buttonhole stitching. Lapels are a little skimpy.
I like the texture of the fabric but it skews quite casual. it wouldn’t be my first choice as my first sport coat.
 

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It is absolutely true. And I see plenty of men who wear navy sport coats where I work and live. Though maybe not a blazer with shiny gold buttons, if that’s what you have in mind. What single sport coat color do you think is more versatile than navy?
Sport coat yes, blazer no. The post I was replying to specifically said first jacket should be a navy blazer.

To be honest, I do not think the distinction between them is all that pronounced these days, but I am going by the "official SF" rules that I've picked up since I came here, which state that a blazer is a more formal, structured jacket, with metal buttons. Historically this is true, with blazers originating in upper-class rowing clubs (inspired by the dress of naval officers) and sports jackets originating in rural activities which were much less formal affairs.
 
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Sport coat yes, blazer no. The post I was replying to specifically said first jacket should be a navy blazer.

To be honest, I do not think the distinction between them is all that pronounced these days, but I am going by the "official SF" rules that I've picked up since I came here, which state that a blazer is a more formal, structured jacket, with metal buttons. Historically this is true, with blazers originating in upper-class rowing clubs (inspired by the dress of naval officers) and sports jackets originating in rural activities which were much less formal affairs.
Yea I agree with you, with dress codes being more casual now the line between sport coat/blazer is getting blurry. In my opinion, Suit jackets should be treated as such but when it comes to less formal occasions I wouldn't be too bothered between sport coat/blazer
 

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Start by visiting the most expensive menswear shop or shops where you live—not necessarily to buy, but to try on the best quality and fit, with the help of an experienced salesperson. These will usually be small independent shops, with merchandise curated by passionate owners. Then apply insights gained when you go back and shop at lower price points.
 

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