As you can see from how we styled those jackets in the photos, you can really run the gamut from navy blue pants to white jeans.
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The problem is that most guys see pictures of other guys wearing suit jackets with denim pants and think it looks great, which it does — in pictures. In person it looks bad due to the differing fabric weights.
So trust me on this one — you need separate Blazers and Suit Jackets. I like a fabric weight of between 8 to 10 ounces, depending on your climate hotter climates, I like around 6 ounces. This weight also looks best with the other items a blazer is typically worn with — jeans , wool pants , sweaters , etc. If you already own a navy Blazer — great job! This style of vent has been around for quite a while and is flattering on every body type.
Each of these blazers has the 2-button, notch-lapel features that I love and that work on all body types. The navy Brooks Brothers blazer is only offered with gold buttons online, but they do have non-gold button options available in their stores. Stick with their Milano or Fitzgerald lines as they offer the most tailored fits. Zegna Gray Cashmere Blazer. These are my go-to for blazers that look great, sport all the features I want to see on a blazer, and hit a more affordable price poin.
Crew offers wool blazers for an extremely affordable price and their Ludlow line has a tailored fit that is fantastic and offered in a range of sizes, from Short to Regular to Tall. Second, check the size. Third, inspect the jacket. Look for any holes, stains, tears, pulls, on the exterior, and check the general condition of the lining.
Look for any tears or stains — especially around the armpits. If it passes muster, then grab it. Go through the rack and repeat the process. I typically wear an OCBD or polo shirt when shopping for sport coats, as I want to see the actual fit rather than putting it on over a sweater or sweatshirt. Find a fitting room with a mirror and put the jacket on. The first thing to check is the fit of the shoulders as they are the most expensive to alter.
If you lean against the wall, the tip of the jacket shoulder should touch the wall at the same time as your own shoulder. Next, check the fit of the chest. Button the jacket and see that it lays flat down your chest.
Next, check the length of the jacket. Just right or a little long are OK, as this is typically an easy fix for your tailor. Finally — the length of the sleeves. The sleeves should hit at your wrist, so make sure there is enough extra fabric folded under if they are too short.
Not a huge investment, right? Back to the alterations — are any of the above-mentioned fits just a bit off? Lengthening sleeves is easy. Shortening the length is relatively easy. Taking in the sides is relatively easy. Trimming the shoulders essentially requires a full jacket reconstruction, so make sure you are willing to spend some serious money if you have to have that jacket.
Once you make the purchase, get it to the tailors as quickly as possible so you can start wearing it. Take it to the dry cleaners after alterations, and get it in your rotation. The last thing you want is for it to collect dust in your closet…it could be doing that back at the thrift store. Top of the Heap — F. Your email is never published or shared. Extremely insightful and well written. Any good recommendations on thrift stores in Atlanta that carry good brands as you feature in your write up?
I would check the Little 5 Points area. I have found several scores down there in regards to jackets and ties. Hey, just curious about something. Also, thanks for the write-up, it like all your other articles is fantastic. Sounds like you have a great tailor? Have a decent one in ATL but always looking for suggestions.
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