Summer sport coat help.

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  1. smoothie72

    smoothie72 New Member

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    Looking to buy a spring/summer sport jacket mainly for casual evening wear. Going to Napa in June and I hear it can get cool at night. Will wear with chinos and jeans mostly. I have no sport coats or Blazers so this will be my first. I'm 43, 5'7 160 athletic build. Been looking at Uniqlo's offerings, JCF Topman, would like to keep under $ 100. I don't know what fabric or color would be best. I have many color chinos and lots of odd trousers, as I dress casual year round, but put together, button downs, polos, etc. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
     


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    Go on eBay. Pick up a previously owned, but mint condition, 100% wool, Brooks Brothers navy blazer (preferably, not Brooks' "outlet" 346 line), for comfortably under $100.

    Hey, it's a wardrobe staple for a reason. And great blazers, in mint condition, routinely sell on the used market for pennies on the dollar.

    Unless you're frequently going to be using your blazer for a pillow, or stuffing it into a small carry-on bag, get 100% wool. (If you will frequently be using it for a pillow or stuffing it into a small carry-on bag, then okay, get one that's a wool/poly blend. Yeah, it'll wrinkle less. But for most men, most of the time, the 100% version is the right one.)

    P.S. - Wear it with chinos (if not with wool pants). You're 43 years old, and jeans w/blazer looks precisely 5.7% less good for every year since one has graduated from college. :)
     


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    Thanks for the advice. Thinking of getting something from Combat Gent. Although I am watching out for BB on eBay. Looking for something more casual than BB. I will probably rarely wear a tie with what I'm looking for. Just something to put on casually over polo shirt or button down, maybe even Henley or v neck.
     


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    Linen. Get a linen jacket. Cooler wearing and more casual than wool.
     


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    If you're looking for something that casual, definitely linen. Nice texture and nice casual look. My favorite is my blue linen, not the biggest fan of grey.
     


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