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  • zerostyle
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    For example, the Thompson suit that Joe posts here all the time has a very casual jacket. I even asked a sales rep if it made sense to wear separate and their response was "without a doubt". Mind you, that's a sales rep, but I think it's pretty easy to identify some separates that look good alone.

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  • LosRockets
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    Yeah itsm3json, I am!

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  • huynhct
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    I do it all the time too. Houston is wayyyyy to humid/hot for jackets.

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  • itsm3json
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    @los are you talking about that BR navy suit?

    - if so i went there today to try it on and the feel of it is very nice! it really moves easily and not stiff at all. A couple of mos ago I picked up a Bar III suit from macys and it is no way as comfy as the BR one. If BR comes out w/ a new coupon soon I will pick it the suit and then return the bar iii since all tags are still on it.

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  • LosRockets
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    @Zero: Same here. I won't split up a suit, but I think I've accidentally now thrifted two awesome pairs of BR italian fabric/monogram pants that were part of a suit.


    So I went to my local BR to try on the jacket just for kicks. It's awesome. For those of you considering it, do go try it on, you'll be tempted to wear it out of the store.

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  • zerostyle
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    Oh, to clarify, I never wear a pair of pants that's part of one of my suits separately for reasons you mentioned.


    I just happened to buy a pair of "suit pants" that I liked the fit of to wear as business casual pants.

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  • kenneth
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    I suppose I'll echo the traditional objection to wearing just one part of a suit at a time: be wary of wearing one piece of a suit much more often than the other because they may fade at different rates, making their shades disparate and awkward looking when you wear them together.


    Having said that, I bought a seersucker suit and wear the hell out of both parts separately.

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  • zerostyle
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    Also, regarding suit jackets vs blazers, while some are obvious, I bet if you did a blind survey with a simple navy jacket and blazer, almost no one would notice the difference.

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  • zerostyle
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    I wear a pair of Uniqlo tasmanian wool dress pants all the time that were meant for a suit. No big deal.


    I think with suit pants you just got a few extras occasionally like a button latch or rubber lining to help keep your shirt tucked in.

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  • hornsup84
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    Agreed, hard to go wrong with solid navy slacks as a stand-alone.

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  • LosRockets
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    Wow thanks for the fast responses everyone. I agree that there isn't a real difference when you consider proper wool trousers vs. the pants that come as part of a suit, but I was mentally contrasting them with exactly something along the lines of what hornsup linked or even just the LE tailored year'rounders. I think that since these are a solid navy I'll be okay!

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  • shad0w4life
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    I view it typically as dress pants are bought alone where suit pants are made of the exact same fabric swatch as the suit jacket for matching purposes.

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  • hornsup84
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    Not a real difference in my opinion, but was trying to capture those pants which aren't at the level of being part of a suit (actual wool trousers, finished properly, etc.), but that are worn as dress pants.


    Trying to find them, I found these right away as an example:

    http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...&clink=5142910

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  • jessy_diamond
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    What's the difference between suit pants and "dress pants" ?

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  • hornsup84
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    Suit jackets tend to look like suit jackets and not a stand-alone blazer/sportcoat. It'll look too dressy typically. Some suits you can do it with better than others (IMO, seasonal suits--tweed, linen, etc. are easier to pull this off), but your normal wools will look slightly off.


    As for suit pants without a suit, you can absolutely do this for business casual. Pair with a blazer (not the same color, obviously) and rock a no tie look, etc. or go full on pants and buttondown, no coat. The only caveat I'd say is that certain patterns will not look good like this (traditional pinstripes of any kind come to mind; they just beg for a full suit). However, suit pants are generally harder to pull off casually as just some pants than some khakis and other "dress pants".

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