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What kind of jacket to wear to walk around within school building?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ircfas133, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    Hello, gentlemen:

    Just wondering what kind of jacket is nice to wear around the within school building. I spent fair amount of time walking between classes, etc. Unfortunately, blazer or cord jacket is not the norm on campus. Could you suggest something less formal than that but still looks good.

    I usually match shirt with jeans/chino. But the maintenance here sets the A/C very strong, so it is freezing inside the building. I'm thinking this AE jacket, but not sure if its style is too trendy or of dubious quality .... Thanks!

    http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?productId=2101_9382_073&catId=cat380145



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    This blazer is WAY too formal to wear inside the b-school. Even professors don't dress like this...


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    This is definitely more casual that the last one. It could be acceptable, but still too "perfect" and thus not "low-key" profile.

    EDIT: I'm talking about college campus in midwest region like Chicago, say for example, University of Chicago. I don't know about schools in New England, but here people dress casual (not as casual as in California). I can wear a blazer or cord jacket to classes, but usually only European international students would dress like that. Otherwise, people are going to ask one of the following four questions:

    1) Hey, why you are so dressed up, man?
    2) Are you going to a club tonight?
    3) Are you going for a date?
    4) Are you going for a pre-interview dinner tonight? (I'm in a b-school)

    Sorry that I didn't specify my specific circumstances... My goal is too sharp like you gentlemen, but with less high profile (more subtle). Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
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    newyorknoir Senior member

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    looks fine.. I would get it in the barnyard or olive color..
     
  3. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    What kind of school building? Eton, Harrow, UK comprehensive, kindergarten, US senior high, Chinese middle school, Ivy league Preppy?
     
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    newyorknoir Senior member

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  5. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Less formal then a cord jacket? :embar:

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    There can be only one
     
  6. cloaky

    cloaky New Member

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    E build quality is decent. The problem is, their styling has never been more atrocious. BUT to my surprise this is quite a handsome jacket in 'barnyard', so for $100 I say go for it.

    Personally, I can't wear something this heavy indoors. A standard Harrington or Members Only is always a safe bet and translates well to any environment of student life, but I'd suggest browsing Baracuta's website.
     
  7. dapperdoctor

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    What would happen if you wore a blazer? Would you get beat up? [​IMG]
     
  8. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    Drakes has a very nice quilted coat for a ridiculously low 140GBP
     
  9. GeorgeN

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    For causal, have a look on Barbour, also walk around shops.

    For smart, you can try a gunclub blazer, or in fact any blazer. There should n't be a problem for academic environment.
     
  10. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Blazer with jeans can look good. Realistically, on campus, you can wear any type of jacket. No one will care. Pick what you like.
     
  11. Patrologia

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    This really is the key question, but if you are (as I'm assuming) in a US college/university, I can't imagine that a cord SC would be too formal. In fact, I think it would be the perfect thing. If you're a little uncomfortable with it, perhaps look at one with a little less structure.
     
  12. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    This blazer is WAY too formal to wear inside the b-school. Even professors don't dress like this...


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    This is definitely more casual that the last one. It could be acceptable, but still too "perfect" and thus not "low-key" profile.

    I'm talking about college campus in midwest region like Chicago, say for example, University of Chicago. I don't know about schools in New England, but here people dress casual (not as casual as in California). I can wear a blazer or cord jacket to classes, but usually only European international students would dress like that. Otherwise, people are going to ask one of the following four questions:

    1) Hey, why you are so dressed up, man?
    2) Are you going to a club tonight?
    3) Are you going for a date?
    4) Are you going for a pre-interview dinner tonight? (I'm in a b-school)

    Sorry that I didn't specify my specific circumstances... My goal is too sharp like you gentlemen, but with less high profile (more subtle). Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
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  13. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    You are, presumably, a college student?

    and not a kid in kindergarten?

    why don't you look around and just wear what other college kids wear?
     
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    What's wrong with a solid grey or blue blazer? I'm a university student myself, and I rarely get anything other than compliments about my clothes even though I wear jackets and ties quite often.
     
  15. thinman

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    If the metal buttons on a blazer make it look too formal to you, you could replace them with MOP.

    More generally, any jacket (sports coat) made from a heavily textured fabric like tweed will be inherently more casual. I have a jacket made from blue barleycorn fabric, an air force blue jacket with a herringbone pattern, and a cream jacket of dupioni silk. All are quite casual, so there are many options besides tweed. Also, on corduroy jackets, the wider the wale, the more casual the jacket. So a navy microwale jacket could be rather formal, whereas a brown wide wale jacket (which I also have) would be quite casual.

    Another solution to your conundrum might be a finely knit cardigan. I've been looking for another casual jacket, textured and unstructured (so an unstructured sports coat is another option for you), without success, so I recently bought a navy blue, shawl collared cardigan, which I intend to wear as a very casual blazer-equivalent. It does help that I can get away with more than you, since I'm a little older than you...
     
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  16. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    There is nothing wrong with that, but too formal for college campus on the other side of the Atlantic these days, especially in post- Facebook IPO era.
     
  17. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    Thank you so much for your tips! I find them very enlightening!

    I'm a graduate student in my late 20s. Do you mind post some pictures or product webpages you purchased from? Thank you!
     
  18. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    Hi, my question seems to have confused you.... I'm just trying to dress smart without being too conspicuous.
     
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  19. Patrologia

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    I'm also at a college campus in the midwest region, and I can't imagine someone in that second jacket being called out on it. I wouldn't be surprised to see one of my undergrads walk in like that (two today with cord SC). I definitely wouldn't be surprised by grad students wearing that. Perhaps our business school is even more dressed down, but if they are I haven't noticed.

    Still, it sounds like what you want is a completely unstructured SC in cotton or something similar. I know that I need to get something like that, but at the moment I can't help you with specifics. You might get more, or at least different, info on the SWD side of SF. Worth checking out anyway.
     
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  20. tonylamer

    tonylamer Senior member

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    If you wear a sportcoat on a college campus--and you're a student--you'll get called on it. I've worn every combination of structured/unstructured jacket with an open collar and jeans (just so I wouldn't look too formal), and people called me on it constantly. The people I didn't know too well hated it, and my friends told me to tone it down. Keep in mind that I had no money, so all of the jackets were thrift finds that I've since tossed. But even a thrifted Banana Republic cord. jacket was too much for most people. I wore a Norman Hilton 1/4-lined tweed jacket one day, and someone told me to take it off because I was making everyone else look underdressed. I'd paid $5 for it, and it was 28 years old. I was wearing it with jeans and a pair of Cole Haan corrected-grain shoes. Far from the WAYWN thread.

    Every single time that I wore a tie, people would ask if I had an interview.

    I once wore a sportcoat and a pair of pants (again, Banana Republic) to dinner, and a kid on the street stopped me and gave me shit about wearing a suit. Keep in mind that this was a Canadian college town--extremely WASPy--and that I was in a professional graduate programme.

    If you're going to wear a jacket to class, don't dress it up. Your shirt or pants should be wrinkled, you shouldn't even think about accessories, and your shoes should be a bit scuffed. That'll look good without making you look like an ass--i.e. the guy who comes to class in a tailored suit.

    If you have the money for it, buy two Cucinelli sportcoats (not retail) that you can wear with jeans, and go that route. They make a great unstructured jacket, and they generally stay away from worsted wool, so they can be worn with jeans. They also look cool without being too dressy.
     
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