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    Blazer help

    I'm looking to buy a blazer that meets the following conditions. Any help would be much appreciated.

    1) Reasonably priced (<$200)
    2) Slim-ish fit but not like something from H&M or other stores designed for skinny teens -- maybe 'tailored' is the word I'm looking for. Looking to avoid baggy, enormous, boxy types. Something that's stylish but not ultra-trendy. I'm approaching 40 but look young and play in a band.
    3) Equally suitable for a semi-decent night out or an indie rock show. By this I mean I'd like it to be decent quality but not something so dressy that it's only suitable for corporate workplaces.

    Basically I want a do-it-all blazer since I don't wear them very often. Something that's pretty normal but maybe has a subtly unique aspect to it that keeps it from being too square. If this doesn't make any sense I"m happy to elaborate. Thanks!

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    I'd start by looking at grey blazers. I usually advocate navy, I picture you wearing it a lot with jeans. Grey isn't any less appropriate than navy and may go better with your palette. I'll have to dig around for specific examples.

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    Try the Unconstructed Ludlow's from J Crew.

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...tsandvests.jsp

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    My personal recommendation is a navy or grey. If you're trying to buy new, then your best bet is probably to wait for a Banana Republic sale that includes blazers and then grab one of theirs. You can also consider getting a Thompson suit jacket from J.Crew Factory, though you just missed a 50%-off sale. If you don't mind second-hand goods, you'll find some great deals at thrift stores or especially online. There are a lot of high-quality suit jackets that have been orphaned because the pants wore out. You can get them for a steal and then have a tailor replace the buttons with something more blazer-like.

    If you're looking for something super versatile, make sure it has a bit of structure and has flap pockets. Wool is best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DXLi View Post
    If you're looking for something super versatile, make sure it has a bit of structure and has flap pockets. Wool is best.
    This. Semi-structured, but not too stiff and sleek.
    Last edited by alan; May 29th, 2013 at 02:56 PM.

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    i would focus on the first scenario for when you look for your blazer. it's reasonable to expect to have to wear a jacket to a nice dinner. the second scenario is more fashion for the sake of fashion, and introducing a blazer to a rock show is adventurous/unnecessary. i don't think you'll shoe horn one jacket into both scenarios without looking out of place at one of them.

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    Thanks for this. Glad you all said grey 'cause that's what I was leaning towards. Would something like this work in most/all seasons?

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...6267/66267.jsp

    I just want to make sure it's not too "suit-y". A little more than I'm looking to spend but I'm OK with that if it's going to last and be a mainstay.

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    Get the jacket that goes w/ these pants: http://factory.jcrew.com/mens-clothi...loth/34431.jsp

    Grabbed it for ~$140 during a sale. Looks great. Gray that leans a bit navy in some light. It has the tailored fit you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosRockets View Post
    Get the jacket that goes w/ these pants: http://factory.jcrew.com/mens-clothi...loth/34431.jsp

    Grabbed it for ~$140 during a sale. Looks great. Gray that leans a bit navy in some light. It has the tailored fit you're looking for.
    Damn -- I think that's exactly what I'm looking for. And of course they are sold out!
    http://factory.jcrew.com/mens-clothi...4398/34398.jsp

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxingclever View Post
    Thanks for this. Glad you all said grey 'cause that's what I was leaning towards. Would something like this work in most/all seasons?

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...6267/66267.jsp

    I just want to make sure it's not too "suit-y". A little more than I'm looking to spend but I'm OK with that if it's going to last and be a mainstay.
    No don't do this. It is 100% a suit, and not meant to be worn without its matching pants.

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