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  • pitseleh
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    If you ask people from the 80s whether tweed was "never out," they might surprise you with their answer! In any case, I'm inclined to agree with the prevailing sentiment about not buying into highly ephemeral fashion trends, particularly when you're talking about something as long-lasting as outerwear. I could maybe be said to budge on the matter if you're talking about something minor, like a tie or a shirt or even a pair of bright chinos or something, but for nicer things, I generally go with traditional.

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  • Sigtweed Corduroy
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    @Alan


    So well stated...

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  • alan
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    According to Banana Republic, tweed is in this year. But as far as I'm concerned, tweed is never out. When I saw that on their site, I had a "duh" moment. :-)

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  • diversification
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    I can't promise that everything is in the right place or that I know what any of the pieces are, but I can tell you that I have pinned a lot of stuff directly off of online shopping sites. Anyway, if anyone is interested in seeing what I've been scoping out...


    http://pinterest.com/diversification/


    EDIT: I've broken everything out into folders for ease of use.

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  • Sigtweed Corduroy
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    That's a nice looking jacket!

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    Yup, that's it.

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  • alan
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    Is this the one?


    Meron Men Jacket

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    They were a wool blend, something like 60% wool IIRC. Pretty much the same as the peacoats.

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  • alan
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    @BenR: Were the military jackets a wool blend or cotton?

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    I won't comment on what's in style or not (because it seems to be the same stuff year in and year out).


    But I did want to give a heads-up: I was in Target today and they're starting to put out their winter outerwear. I saw some four-pocket military jackets in grey herringbone, black, and military green, and peacoats in black, navy, and charcoal heather. Quality felt pretty decent - slightly rough to the touch, but not bad otherwise. Material was a 60ish% wool blend that felt thick and substantial. Fit was good on both, though the sleeves on the peacoat were a little long and a little wide for my taste. Both at $65. Not a bad deal if you're looking for something cheap.

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  • TheJagMan
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    @diversification was funny, was thinking about a similar jacket and could find any that were long. A friend of mine bought jeans at this place and they make custom jackets fairly cheap, in the $150 shipped range. It will also take weeks to receive...


    http://www.makeyourownjeans.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=180&product s_id=1403


    You can even enter your own measurements yet I'm not sure sleeve slim-ness...Kind of scary ordering a jacket with measurements because there are times I'm going to wear it with a Tshirt and others I'll have 3 layers. Is there a general rule when ordering a slim jacket, increase measurements by a few inches?

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  • diversification
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    This logic is sound. I'm personally in the same position you are. I'm definitely looking for a pea coat, and I also would like one or two fall jackets. In terms of pea coats, I'm definitely going to be looking for a stylish double breasted, slim number in either a dark (interesting) charcoal or black. I'd really like to have something with a bit of visual depth, but I'm not certain I'll be able to find an acceptable quality wool pea coat that's also interesting in my price range.


    As for fall jackets, cotton military jackets with two to four pockets and a stand-up collar (and possibly epaulets) are usually the first ones to catch my attention. The biggest problem (as it always is) is finding something that fits a slim guy through the chest, has some taper into the waist and has sleeves that are both long enough and slim enough. Additionally, I dislike jackets that end right after my pants start: that's too short and doesn't look very good IMO.

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  • Eyerman
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    Have to agree with SDot...whats in style today, will not be in style next season/year. Stick with something that works for you and that you like. Something that will last you years.

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  • SDot
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    My general rule of thumb is to not buy what's considered "in style." Rather buy classic pieces that you can invest in and that will always be wearable no matter what year it is. This is to me the most important.


    What do you guys think?

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  • Sigtweed Corduroy
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    I can't speak to leather as it's not my bag (pun! No? ok.) but a nice navy wool pea coat is always a great choice. There is peacoat thread on the forum right now...

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