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    Help me buy my first blazer

    I'm looking to buy my first blazer. Being my first, I feel going with navy is the right choice. With a budget of $150, where should I begin my search? What fabric is the best choice for all around use (semi-formal, business casual, travel) that is not difficult to maintain? Any solid offerings at local department stores or large chain mall stores?

    #2
    well this was posted today on the site:

    https://dappered.com/2018/02/steal-a...rs-are-30-off/

    the unconstructed will run you $124. i'm not style expert but it seems extremely well reviewed. i just picked up the legacy blazer with an additional 15% off for opening a J. Crew CC and got it for $187 before tax.

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      #3
      Go and buy the j crew wool blend blazer shown on the front page. Like now. Do it. You Won't find a better deal than that for a first blazer.

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        #4
        Originally posted by ryan850 View Post
        Go and buy the j crew wool blend blazer shown on the front page. Like now. Do it. You Won't find a better deal than that for a first blazer.
        +1

        I disagree with the conventional wisdom that your first blazer/sports coat should be navy, but if that's what you're going for, the J Crew wool blend at 40% off is pretty much the best deal imaginable for under $150.

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          #5
          I do remember the navy blazer thread from a while back... Lol

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            #6
            Navy hopsack wool is the usual suggestion. If you are not familiar with it, hopsack is a weave that appears more textured than typical "worsted wool" suiting, which is tightly woven and textureless. The hopsack wool weave allows it to breath very well (so can be worn in the summer unlike flannel, but still looks appropriate in the cooler months, unlike linen) and makes it appropriate for more casual wear, while navy lets you dress it up. A flat, smooth worsted wool is associated more with a suit and looks too formal to be worn casually IMHO. Being 100% wool it will also not wrinkle much at all and doesn't need to be dry cleaned more than once a season.

            Here is a photo of a Spier & Mackay hopsack sportcoat where you should be able to see this texture.
            https://smhttp-ssl-69243.nexcesscdn..../001-4_2_2.jpg

            Is navy the only colour to go with? No. I think the choice depends greatly the trousers you own. If you tend to wear a lot of blue trousers then a brown sportcoat is a great choice. However navy goes perfectly with the typical mens trouser colours of greys and browns.

            Final note though...finding a 100% wool hopsack sportcoat for $150 or less might not be easy, unless you score one at a good discount. Spier & Mackay tends to produce at least one or two a season, and if they still have any older models in your size when they start blowing thing out you could get lucky. Unfortunately their hopsack sportcaots are such a staple item, they don't tend to go on sale for a price as low as their other sportcoats. This was an incredible deal (not navy, but brighter blue), but sadly out of stock.

            https://www.spierandmackay.com/bright-blue-hopsack.html

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              #7
              Oh, also a consideration is the construction. A softer shoulder allows you to wear it more casually and looks less formal. Like this first one in this article. Mall brands tend to have more padded shoulders, as it's difficult to execute a soft shoulder using less expensive production means.

              http://www.businessinsider.com/there...ut-them-2015-4

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                #8
                My first post was deleted but there was a post a few days ago with a made in US Navy hopsack sportcoat for $130. Try this link. If it doesn't work try go back a page on the form and look for the post.

                https://threads.dappered.com/showthr...portcoats-Sale

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Tacitus View Post
                  +1

                  I disagree with the conventional wisdom that your first blazer/sports coat should be navy, but if that's what you're going for, the J Crew wool blend at 40% off is pretty much the best deal imaginable for under $150.
                  Thanks for the suggestions. Order has been placed.

                  Now I'm looking for a secondary blazer! In a gray or brown type color.

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                    #10
                    As Spex noted above, it depends on the color of trousers you generally wear. Personally, I end up wearing my brown/gray sports coats a lot more than my navy.

                    If you're in a warm (summer) climate, I think that the J Crew cotton/linen unstructured sport coats are a pretty good deal. My experience when buying my first few sports coats (over the last year or two) was that it was rather difficult to find anything in brown in the more affordable brands like J Crew/BR, and I wasn't quite ready to spend $250+ on a nicer brand. So you may find more options in grey depending on your budget.

                    I also like the J Crew sports coat in question because it's unstructured which, again as Spex noted above, makes it versatile enough to wear casually.

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                      #11
                      I mostly wear dark denim. Occasionally, khaki and chinos in gray. I'm thinking a gray or charcoal would be a more versatile color in my case.

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                        #12
                        Anyone know how the quality is on the legacy blazer wool now?

                        https://www.jcrew.com/p/mens_categor...=1&cartIndex=0

                        Apparently the wool comes from American Woolen who bought a mill former owned by Italian maker Loma Piana. Wondering if the jacket is of the same quality now?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Dynasty View Post
                          I mostly wear dark denim. Occasionally, khaki and chinos in gray. I'm thinking a gray or charcoal would be a more versatile color in my case.
                          In the past, I've always said that your first blazer should be high quality navy. I've recently begun to rethink that. I'm starting to think that a darkish gray (a shade lighter than charcoal) is best. It goes with white pants, khaki pants, light gray pants, navy pants, and darker denim. I find that the navy blazer really only goes well with light-to-mid gray pants, khaki pants, white pants, and lighter denim. I prefer wearing navy dress pants to khaki, but the only blazer I have that I can wear with them is a brown patterned blazer that is really only meant to wear in the colder months. I'm now looking to buy something like this from Bonobos to wear year round -- https://bonobos.com/products/jetsett...zer?color=grey

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Paddington View Post
                            In the past, I've always said that your first blazer should be high quality navy. I've recently begun to rethink that. I'm starting to think that a darkish gray (a shade lighter than charcoal) is best. It goes with white pants, khaki pants, light gray pants, navy pants, and darker denim. I find that the navy blazer really only goes well with light-to-mid gray pants, khaki pants, white pants, and lighter denim. I prefer wearing navy dress pants to khaki, but the only blazer I have that I can wear with them is a brown patterned blazer that is really only meant to wear in the colder months. I'm now looking to buy something like this from Bonobos to wear year round -- https://bonobos.com/products/jetsett...zer?color=grey
                            Agree. It also goes with black pants. Indeed, I wore an almost charcoal blazer today to work with black trousers and a blue pinstripe shirt. I don't even own a blue blazer and haven't for years. And I own six or seven others at least.

                            Don't get me wrong, blue is a solid choice, but I prefer grey as well.

                            Also, to the OP: If you are really on a budget, and want to go more to casual than dress, you can't beat this sale at Men's Warehouse right now; $89 for cotton Joseph Abboud:

                            https://www.menswearhouse.com/mens-c...tm_content=dyn
                            WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                              #15
                              ^^Those Bonobos sport coats are nice. If you bought one in every color you'd just about be set. Interestingly they seem to have two different lapel widths going on. The narrow that we've become used to in the standard blues and greys and wider lapels in the textures and patterns. You get the feeling things are heading in the wider direction and this is how they're tapering them in.

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