Wearing a ski jacket over a business suit...yea, or nay?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrDaniels, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

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    In extreme cold weather or if you have to move great distances outdoors? Yes. Above 5 farenheit or so or if you're only walking a few steps outside? Not really. Hence my original question about the conditions.
     


  2. Saturdays

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    ^ Agreed. In subzero temps a parka, preferably with down, is almost necessary to feel warmth in your upperbody. I used to be skeptical, then I moved to MN and visit Canada once a year in the winter.. it has definitely got me through the winter pretty comfortably. Once you go above freezing like mcbrown said, its not as necessary.
     


  3. Patek

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    Parka, yes.

    Ski jacket, no.
     


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  5. MyOtherLife

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    +1 Agreed with ter1413. I have never and will never do this. It isn't appropriate.
    I recollect GQ or DETAILS magazine suggesting the look a few years ago. Then again, this was the same bunch that suggested tossing your $4,000.00 suit in the washing machine and sporting a hobo look. The damage they have caused to society is immesurable.
     
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    If you wear a ski jacket over a suit, you bring shame upon your mother.
     


  7. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I used to live in Alaska. I never saw a reason to wear a ski jacket, period. You acclimatize pretty quickly if you live in that kind of environment. I used to wear a regular suit in 20 degree weather and I'd still sweat. The overcoat would only come out for sub zero weather and it did fine.
     


  8. Saturdays

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    Not everyone acclimatizes quickly. I've been living in MI/MN all my life, essentially, can't get used to the cold ever.
     


  9. Caustic Man

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    That's a fair point, but I do think there are alternatives to a ski jacket that will keep you just as warm. Maybe some people just like em, no skin off my back. But I never saw the need.
     


  10. RogerP

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    I would not wear that coat with a suit under any circumstances. I don't ever find myself having to hike great distances in blizzard conditions while wearing a suit. Faced with such a proposition, I'd choose not to wear a suit.
     


  11. chobochobo

    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Whilst I was in Japan last winter I bought a Ride Capp3l snowboarding jacket in their 'Tailored fit' range that to all external appearances looks like a grey coat but it has all the snowboarding accoutrements. I wore it over suits and it looked quite smart whilst being very weatherproof
     


  12. Saturdays

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    Well I think the consensus is that a ski jacket looks atrocious over a suit.

    A Parka is definitely okay, and is probably warmer than a Ski Jacket if down filled.
     


  13. Holdfast

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    While I love the look & drama of a tailored overcoat, I don't think there's anything essentially much the matter with pairing a smart-looking parka (assuming it's the same as what we'd call an anorak over here, although that term has less salutory associations) over a tailored jacket. But I think it has to be a smart-looking anorak to work. I'd also add that this looks better IMO with odd jacket outfits rather than formal business suits. Also I find it a practical variant only when it's not sub-zero but still chilly & damp. For colder weather (or what we call cold weather in this country) I prefer a full-length heavy DB overcoat.
     


  14. comrade

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    For really cold weather, single digits or below, the usual dress overcoat will not suffice.
    Unless one owns a true "greatcoat" or a very heavy overcoat, eg the 32 oz. melton British
    Warm that I wore when I lived in Chicago, or an overcoat length shearling, a down coat/
    jacket is OK. I used to walk 5 blocks to and from my train. I also wore "snow boots"
    and put on my dress shoes at work.
     


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    ^Caustic, how is Dubai treating since you sweat in 20 degree Alaskan weather?

    I own a Woolrich Arctic Parka. On sub-freezing days it's wonderful to wear while waiting for the bus. The nylon blocks the wind and the down keeps you toasty warm. Though I wouldn't wear it to a business meeting it's also not unsightly. It's great for streetwear as well.
     


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