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Yet another pairing blazers and pants thread

slowlearner

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Hi, All! I've done some searching, and haven't really found a conclusive answer to my burning question. Here's the problem: I've never paid much attention to fashion, and I've always hated wearing suits, but I've recently started a new job that requires a bit more dressing up. While the new job is a great choice, I've actually had to accept a bit of a drop in salary to make the move, and that, plus a wife on maternity leave, has left me with limited funds to purchase the dressier clothes I need.

I started by buying a full suit--nothing fabulous, but something that can get me through a few years, if necessary. I've also been doing some second-hand shopping, on and offline, and come up with some OK picks--two pairs of Allen Edmonds were a great, and reasonably priced investment, but I've had more trouble with blazers.

I picked up two Brooks Brothers, half-canvassed jackets, but now have to work on pairing them, which is where I've run into trouble. The first is a dark herringbone (very dark grey), which I think will pair nicely with charcoal pants. The second, I'm now regretting buying at all, as I get the feeling what I've actually got is an orphaned suit jacket, that I may be unable to pair at all. I was thinking maybe navy pants, but now that I've got it home, I'm not so sure...

I've included pictures for reference; any advice would be appreciated!

Cheers,

SlowLearner


 

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2nd is disaster as odd jacket. first is ok. hard to tell much from the pic
 

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Hi, All! I've done some searching, and haven't really found a conclusive answer to my burning question. Here's the problem: I've never paid much attention to fashion, and I've always hated wearing suits, but I've recently started a new job that requires a bit more dressing up. While the new job is a great choice, I've actually had to accept a bit of a drop in salary to make the move, and that, plus a wife on maternity leave, has left me with limited funds to purchase the dressier clothes I need.

I started by buying a full suit--nothing fabulous, but something that can get me through a few years, if necessary. I've also been doing some second-hand shopping, on and offline, and come up with some OK picks--two pairs of Allen Edmonds were a great, and reasonably priced investment, but I've had more trouble with blazers.

I picked up two Brooks Brothers, half-canvassed jackets, but now have to work on pairing them, which is where I've run into trouble. The first is a dark herringbone (very dark grey), which I think will pair nicely with charcoal pants. The second, I'm now regretting buying at all, as I get the feeling what I've actually got is an orphaned suit jacket, that I may be unable to pair at all. I was thinking maybe navy pants, but now that I've got it home, I'm not so sure...

I've included pictures for reference; any advice would be appreciated!

Cheers,

SlowLearner


Navy sport coat goes with everything. Would suggest some slim fit khakis and tropical weight (for summer) wools in the following colors: tan, charcoal, mid grey. Pair that with say 2 pairs of khakis (purchase varying shades and you are good to go). The grey odd jacket is rough, it's an orphaned suit coat and the pinstripes make is a tough pairing with anything, really. Purchase another sport coat in a summer fabric like linen. Navy would be ideal. If your on a budget, lands end has some tailored fit trousers and khakis you can check out. As long as you keep your shirts rotating, shoes polished + fresh and vary your ties - no one will notice the repetition with regard to the jacket.
 
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Gentlemen:

Thanks you both for the input. I guess I should have added a bit more background. I'm about 6'0, and 250lbs--some size from weightlifting, but a fair bit of slack belly, as well. As a result "slim fit" stuff sometimes looks a bit ridiculous on me (or perhaps it's more accurate to say that I feel uncomfortable wearing it; I haven't had an independent opinion on it).

I do have a few things from my old job--some decent shirts, and a few pairs of dress pants. I've got a decent navy pair, and a tan pair in good shape, but I'm in need of another charcoal pant. The ones I've bought for some years are cheapies from Tip Top Tailors, which are poly/wool blend. I don't like them much, but they've been in the right price range ($50/pair). They do wear out, particularly in the crotch, quite quickly I find, but I don't know if that's solely due to thigh size, or if that's quality of pants, as well; I've never had good wool pants before.


Oh, I guess I should also add a note on location; I'm in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, which is near a whole lot of oil industry, some farming operations, and not much else. As a result, there are only a few options for men's clothing: department stores (Sears, The Bay), low-mid range menswear (Moore's, Tip Top), and then boutiquy places that I probably need a credit check to enter (which I would fail, right now). Oh, and online, of course, though that's tricky for obvious reasons.

In that vein, thank you for the point toward Land's End; I haven't heard of them before, and they seem like a reasonably-priced option, provided the pants are of a decent quality. If the customs & brokerage fees sound reasonable, I may give them a go. I'll also keep my eyes peeled for a reasonably priced navy sports coat; I've been looking, but nothing has popped up yet. After that, a second suit may become my focus. On the bright side, I'm OK in just dress pants and a shirt most days--the suits and blazers are only for the dressier days, which are maybe a couple of times a month.

Thanks again, and any more advice you may have would certainly be welcome.

Cheers,
 

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Gentlemen:

Thanks you both for the input. I guess I should have added a bit more background. I'm about 6'0, and 250lbs--some size from weightlifting, but a fair bit of slack belly, as well. As a result "slim fit" stuff sometimes looks a bit ridiculous on me (or perhaps it's more accurate to say that I feel uncomfortable wearing it; I haven't had an independent opinion on it).

I do have a few things from my old job--some decent shirts, and a few pairs of dress pants. I've got a decent navy pair, and a tan pair in good shape, but I'm in need of another charcoal pant. The ones I've bought for some years are cheapies from Tip Top Tailors, which are poly/wool blend. I don't like them much, but they've been in the right price range ($50/pair). They do wear out, particularly in the crotch, quite quickly I find, but I don't know if that's solely due to thigh size, or if that's quality of pants, as well; I've never had good wool pants before.


Oh, I guess I should also add a note on location; I'm in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, which is near a whole lot of oil industry, some farming operations, and not much else. As a result, there are only a few options for men's clothing: department stores (Sears, The Bay), low-mid range menswear (Moore's, Tip Top), and then boutiquy places that I probably need a credit check to enter (which I would fail, right now). Oh, and online, of course, though that's tricky for obvious reasons.

In that vein, thank you for the point toward Land's End; I haven't heard of them before, and they seem like a reasonably-priced option, provided the pants are of a decent quality. If the customs & brokerage fees sound reasonable, I may give them a go. I'll also keep my eyes peeled for a reasonably priced navy sports coat; I've been looking, but nothing has popped up yet. After that, a second suit may become my focus. On the bright side, I'm OK in just dress pants and a shirt most days--the suits and blazers are only for the dressier days, which are maybe a couple of times a month.

Thanks again, and any more advice you may have would certainly be welcome.

Cheers,
Np, just buy a full traditional cut if you are a big man and you are good to go.
 

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