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    Originally posted by goodwillhinton View Post
    Thoughts on this Banana Republic blazer? It's $80 today w/ a sale. Any experience with the fit? Is this color versatile enough?

    http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...4202&cid=95963
    I have that blazer in a 44R along with other tailored fit blazers in 44R from BR. This is one seems to run slightly larger than the other which fit me perfectly. I am having the sides taken in and the sleeves shortened a tad. I love it though and find it very versatile.

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      Question: I'm looking to buy a few pairs of slacks to form the foundation for a new wardrobe. I managed to snag several pairs of BR wool pants for $40ish/ea, which I consider a pretty good deal. Is there any reason to return them and hold off until fall/winter because you'd be getting "thicker"/"more" wool or is the shell always going to be more or less the same?

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        Originally posted by 850csi View Post
        Question: I'm looking to buy a few pairs of slacks to form the foundation for a new wardrobe. I managed to snag several pairs of BR wool pants for $40ish/ea, which I consider a pretty good deal. Is there any reason to return them and hold off until fall/winter because you'd be getting "thicker"/"more" wool or is the shell always going to be more or less the same?
        I think you are good. They are pretty much a year round weight IIRC.

        Anyone have experience with J Crews wheat ludlow suit? How is the color

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          Thoughts on this rain jacket? I'm going to London/Paris in October and need something lightweight yet decent looking for this trip.

          http://marmot.com/products/details/precip-jacket-new

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            I have that Marmot jacket, or at least a similar one, and I like it a lot. It's great in the rain. A little heavier than the last rain jacket I had and it didn't pack down quite as small, but that's relative because it is still light and packs pretty small. I'd say the way it is shown on the model is pretty representative of how it fits me.

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              Best place to find Cantarelli sport coat and suit measurements? I want to go crazy on Yoox but want to be sure I am buying the correct size. Also anyone have any experiences?

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                http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...&pid=932408002

                ^Fellas, is this faint navy plaid a bad idea for what is essentially my first suit (by that I mean I have suits but none of them fit me anymore so this would essentially be my 'first'). Got a fantastic deal on it in store - sub-$200. Or am I better off with a JCF Thompson without the pattern? Does the pattern make the jacket a bit easier to use as a blazer?

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                  Originally posted by 850csi View Post
                  http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...&pid=932408002

                  ^Fellas, is this faint navy plaid a bad idea for what is essentially my first suit (by that I mean I have suits but none of them fit me anymore so this would essentially be my 'first'). Got a fantastic deal on it in store - sub-$200. Or am I better off with a JCF Thompson without the pattern? Does the pattern make the jacket a bit easier to use as a blazer?
                  Yes, I would never suggest a plaid suit as your first suit. Granted, that's a good deal on it, but if I had $200ish to spend on a suit, it'd be on one in solid navy or grey. Also, I wouldn't wear the jacket as a "blazer" but that's just personal preference. Regardless of pattern, most suit jackets look a bit off to me when worn without the matching pants. The texture is often too smooth.

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                    Originally posted by bjmcgeever View Post
                    Yes, I would never suggest a plaid suit as your first suit. Granted, that's a good deal on it, but if I had $200ish to spend on a suit, it'd be on one in solid navy or grey. Also, I wouldn't wear the jacket as a "blazer" but that's just personal preference. Regardless of pattern, most suit jackets look a bit off to me when worn without the matching pants. The texture is often too smooth.

                    Yeah, it's probably going back.

                    And thanks for putting into words what I've been thinking about in this regard. To that end, does anyone have any particular suggestions re: navy suit jackets that aren't too smooth/too structured/too long to double as a blazer in a pinch? I was thinking JCF just because I remember the fabric being a little less formal and the buttons being brown.

                    (this is probably a fool's errand)
                    Last edited by 850csi; July 29, 2014, 12:31 AM.

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                      Originally posted by Jamie View Post
                      And Ralph Lauren had a model (can't recall the name) that was on sale a while back for under $100 too.
                      i remembered ordering that RL chelsea boots, but I return them since the toes area was pretty bubblelous for my taste.

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                        is this mark mcnairy laced up wingtip in suede. I know Mark mcnairy is made by Sanders. how is the sizing on the mark mcnairy compares toe AE? thx
                        http://www.thecorner.com/us/men/lace...device=desktop

                        the same as the RL sanderson (leather):
                        http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/i...entPage=family

                        so my question is the mcnairy longwing the same as the RL sanderson? beside once is suede and the other is leather.
                        Last edited by jackbauer24; July 29, 2014, 03:04 AM.

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                          Originally posted by jackbauer24 View Post
                          is this mark mcnairy laced up wingtip in suede. I know Mark mcnairy is made by Sanders. how is the sizing on the mark mcnairy compares toe AE? thx
                          http://www.thecorner.com/us/men/lace...device=desktop

                          the same as the RL sanderson (leather):
                          http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/i...entPage=family

                          so my question is the mcnairy longwing the same as the RL sanderson? beside once is suede and the other is leather.
                          They're not the same. AE makes the RL Sanderson. That said, McNairy for $125 is a hell of a deal.

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                            Originally posted by 850csi View Post
                            Yeah, it's probably going back.

                            And thanks for putting into words what I've been thinking about in this regard. To that end, does anyone have any particular suggestions re: navy suit jackets that aren't too smooth/too structured/too long to double as a blazer in a pinch? I was thinking JCF just because I remember the fabric being a little less formal and the buttons being brown.

                            (this is probably a fool's errand)
                            Look for something with patch pockets, textured fabrics, and contrasting buttons. Even then, I would advise against it, since you risk unevenly wearing the jacket compared to the pants (did this with a light grey suit; the jacket looks brand new but the pants are clearly worn in). You'll be better saving up and buying a true blazer and a true suit.

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                              Originally posted by bjmcgeever View Post
                              They're not the same. AE makes the RL Sanderson. That said, McNairy for $125 is a hell of a deal.
                              i mean in term of the styling. ie wingtip vs wingtip.

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                                Should I or shouldn't I? http://us.gant.com/pique-unconstructed-blazer-navy

                                Not sure how seasonally appropriate cotton pique would be. Summer only?

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