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  • shad0w4life
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    I went the MTM route with iTailor(and posted pics)....didn't end up too bad at all for $125

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  • adam4
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    I agree. Nix this jacket. The fit is about right in the waist but far too big up top. As someone who has been heavy in the past I'll say this: get the clothing big enough to fit your largest area without ANY pulling, then have the rest tailored in. If you went down a size in jacket I fear it would be snug and would draw attention in ways you would rather it not draw attention.


    I think the stance on this jacket is fine though. It seems about average to me. I also agree with the made to measure option because of your unique body shape. Try somewhere like Indochino (or the other one I seem to be forgetting at the moment... any help guys?)

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  • MichaelD
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    I have two of the meronas, one navy the other khaki. I like them for what they are, a very low cost casual jacket. I don't know as if I'd wear it to a wedding. For what it's worth I'm 6'1 wear a 36 in pant. I found the xl much to large in the waist, had to go with a large, I think you'd probably fit into it as well.


    I don't think it's worth tailoring. That's going to tack on $20-$30, and at that point you could go to marshals and find one of the RL jackets that are always kicking around. I know a lot of people hate them but for $80 it's much nicer than the Merona.

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  • ChrisW
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    I don't think those blazers look good on anyone, to be honest. From browsing your other threads it seems like we are both a 43 (although I'm only 6'). Sport coats that fit me well include J Crew Factory 44R and H&M 46R (?!?). As a bigger guy I go for a good fit in the shoulders, and I have my tailor let out the waist if needed.


    Also, it's November, wouldn't you be better off with a wool or tweed blazer?

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  • Focuspants
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    Hey Matt, I have followed most of your threads concerning fit. Unfortunately I am going to have to vote against this jacket for you. It looks like its sagging on you. I think your shoulders are too narrow for it first and foremost (I know this is something you struggle with in most otr clothing). It is also far too roomy in the upper chest area. The sleeves are also way too baggy. I really feel like you should try a mtm option. I think it is your best bet.

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  • matt2
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    Hey gents, here's a few photos of my trying on the Merona Kensington blazer (XL) in Target today. What do you think of the fit? I'm leaning pretty heavily towards getting it, given that it's perfect for my needs (cotton, casual) and looks and feels pretty good, based on my admittedly novice impressions re: fit. The button stance is a bit high and it's perhaps a tad roomy in the waist and chest but otherwise (shoulders, sleeves, length) it seems pretty good to me. Would it even be worth taking to my tailor to get taken in?







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  • shad0w4life
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    I ordered one from itailor, but haven't got it yet or i'd let you know how accurate they were for about $150. I'd personally go the MTM route, fit is king.


    Could try black lapel, modern tailor, indochino as well.

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  • matt2
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    @BB - Just got invited to a wedding on 11/3 so I'm thinking of ordering the LE blazer you link to. Would you recommend I try a 42 or 44, given the criteria I mention above?

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  • BB
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    I really like this blue cotton-linen blazer (no brass!) from Lands End, and I think we have similar body types. There's a 30% off now so I think it would be something like $100. Definitely worth it. Made with Baird McNutt linen, so it doesn't wrinkle that bad. Here's a link: http://m.landsend.com/mt/www.landsen...236033_59.html

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  • Standard_Deviance
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    Try as much stuff on as you can, but expect it to be a frustrating process. I'm pretty sure stores push their cotton blazers more in the spring, so you're likely to find a lot of places without any cotton navy blazers in stock.


    A few thoughts... I've read a lot of your posts and I strongly agree with your instincts that cotton is the way to go for you. Wool will be too dressy, especially if you're not used to dressing up.


    Cotton blazers don't actually breathe all that well, so be prepared for that. Still, it's the right fabric for you, given your needs.


    Others may disagree, but I think it's better not to blow a wad of cash on your first blazer (especially if it's cotton). Spending big would make sense IF you knew what to spend big on, but there's a very real sense in which you can't quite know what to spend big on until you've owned several (or more) blazers. Even if you have an idea, from reading style blogs, of what's ideal in terms of quality, look, fit, and how you think you'll use the blazer, you're still apt to make mistakes here and there. I'd rather be making those mistakes on a less expensive blazer.


    The other nice thing about not spending big is that you can beat the heck out of the thing and not care too much about it. A cotton navy blazer is perfect to use as a workhorse blazer, imo.


    Given all that, and given your sizing needs, I'd recommend taking a look at this: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/68370?feat=605-GN1&page=chino-blazer


    Both regular and tall sizes available, minimal shoulder padding, and it's cut pretty wide through the waist so you should be good there.


    You should also consider the infamous Target Merona Kensington blazer, or whatever it's called, but I've never tried one on, so I can't comment on how it fits.

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  • matt2
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    Thanks for the input, guys. Yeah, I think I'm just going to have to take a day off work sometime in the next few months and head into the city (San Francisco) for a full day of trying on various blazers at different places (Nordstrom, BR, J. Crew, etc.). While I'd love to check out some of the classic men's clothiers downtown, I don't think I'll be able to afford anything they have for sale.

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  • alan
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    @aps2012: I know exactly how you feel on your first point...

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  • aps2012
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    I am responsible for one of the navy sport coat discussions. Didn't get a lot of love so I spent a morning trying on coats. They ranged from Joseph Abboud and Boss at Nordstrom, Ludlow @ J.Crew to "why the hell not" Zegnas, Armanis and Ralph Laurens at Neiman Marcus and their own stores.


    The two take aways were:

    1. I can't afford the jacket I want.

    2. Sizing is crazy. Joseph Abboud 36 fit great, where a RL 38 was a touch tight in the shoulders.


    These numbers are supposed to refer to inches, but vary so much when you try it on. So go to stores and try a bunch on. J.Crew also has an aldridge on sale right now that might work for a bigger guy.

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  • cwc0004
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    Given your odd size and the fact that you plan to keep it awhile, you might want to look at having one made. It probably will not be too much more than your price point and I would imagine you have quite a few options finding someone since you live in SF.

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  • alan
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    This one is dressier, but nice:


    http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_341978


    Your height may be more of an issue than your weight. It's not easy to find something with narrow shoulders AND a large waist AND in a "tall".

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