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What comes after the navy blazer?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by math4tito, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. math4tito

    math4tito Member

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    I am building the basics in my wardrobe and I found a navy blazer that I am pleased with.

    With that being said, what is the next must-have sport coat that I should begin looking for?

    Thank you
     


  2. Balfour

    Balfour Senior member

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    Big, open question.

    The hackneyed advice would be a blue odd jacket (brown buttons, so not a blazer) and a brown tweed. But where do suits fit in? What look are you aspiring to? What is your work dress code?, &c. &c.
     


  3. Macallan

    Macallan Senior member

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    Once these question have been answered it would be easy to make a suggestion.

    Assuming you will try to wear the blazer throughout the year if possible, tweed would be a good option; however, colour and pattern would depend on your style.
     


  4. phxlawstudent

    phxlawstudent Senior member

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    Tweed is climate specific. I will never add tweed to my wardrobe while I continue to live in the southwest desert.

    I like light grey. But I also don't like patterned cloth too much.
     


  5. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    In what context will you be wearing this garment?
     


  6. math4tito

    math4tito Member

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    The look I am working towards is a simple and classic style by building a collection of more timeless pieces. My work environment is business casual so suits will be rarely employed, but I want to rise above the mundane slacks and dress shirt. WIth that being said I do live in south Texas so some of the heavier fabrics don't have nearly the utility here that they would elsewhere.

    I did invest in a navy blazer that I am pleased with but I am not sure what is the next "must have" coat to incorporate.
     


  7. Withaque

    Withaque Well-Known Member

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    Don't get another coat until you have good shoes. Two of the following styles should get you through most occasions(links are for illustrating different styles; not recommending you purchase Alden):

    http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/990.jpg
    http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/C906.jpg
    http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/alden.962.jpg
    http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/975.jpg
    http://www.aldenshoes.com/Content/Store/984.jpg

    You will only need brown for now.

    You teach in South Texas. Get the chino's, lightweight mid grey flannels and blue shirts before you worry about the other jacket.

    But if you insist, and are close to Houston, the Ralph Lauren store has this tweed jacket

    http://www.ralphlauren.com/contentPopup/index.jsp?productId=12561229

    for close to $200. It is a good weight for South Texas in the winter.
     


  8. cosmic

    cosmic Well-Known Member

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    I'd go for a mid-blue odd jacket, then light or mid-grey, then either brown or green.

    I agree with Withaque about the shoes, trousers, and shirts.

    Shoes; dark brown oxfords; mid-brown monks or loafers

    Trousers: off-white cotton chinos for summer, mid-grey flannels for cooler weather

    Shirts: white, cream, light blue solids; and a couple of blue/white checks and stripes
     
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    try an unstructured grey sport coat
     
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    Grey odd jacket? Eh... I wouldn't.
     


  11. R.O. Thornhill

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    Grey would be my 5th or 6th choice - though a nice herringbone could work

    I would start with a second, different blue coat - if you have a lightweight blazer, then get a heavier, textured one (flannel, or donegal). If your navy coat is a winter weight, then try getting a fresco or linen coat. In fact, there are probably three or four essentials right there

    Next I would go for a classic tweed, or tweed-like (moonbeam, glorious twelfth) check coat. Or a plain donegal / breanish tweed in green or brown

    Having covered these basics I would probably go for some unlined, lightweight summer coat (plain linens, gunclub checks)

    Then I would consider a grey odd coat

    R-O-T
     


  12. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    I was watching this on the weekend and thought "how do I not have this jacket?". Hard to tell from the pic, it's grey herringbone.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Harry Callahan is one of my sartorial heroes - tweed sportscoats, natural coloured baracuta, suede chukkas, cardigans, Magnum 45......
     


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    Tweed, definitely.
     


  15. RogerC

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    The man's in South Texas, tweed seems a bit optimistic to me. I don't break it out unless we go under 60 degrees. Fabrics you'd be looking at are tropical wool (8-10oz), fresco, linen or gabardine. In terms of colours and patterns: you have blue, so I'd look at brown or tan. Think about subtle patterns, PoWs, small gun clubs or houndstooth checks. No large and colourful plaids unless your workspace is in a trailer with the motor running.

    One other thing. I don't get the tough love on grey herringbone on this forum, especially in an informal context. It goes very well with denim and some colours of chino.
     


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