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    Versatile, Casual Blazer...Opinions?

    So thanks to this website (and of course pressure from the lady-friend), i've been trying to upgrade my style a little bit. As a fairly active bassist/guitarist i've discovered dressing well makes quite the difference in the music world. Right now i really need a casual, versatile 4-season blazer that can look good with jeans and more casual button-ups at bars/gigs, or pull double duty by going to the office (buisness casual) too. I've been deciding between the following three but i'm definitely open to suggestions:

    http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...eID=brafcid105

    http://www.express.com/clothing/oxfo...3044/cat560005

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...LWBZlgfbVOd7zA

    #2
    I would go with the JCrew first, second BR and lastly Express though it also depends on your budget. While the JCrew costs more than either of the other two even after the 30% discount right now, it will probably last you longer since the jacket is half-canvassed like most of Jcrew's blazers and suits. The Express is fused while the BR is probably fused as well which means it will not drape as well over your body. The BR is also Linen Cotton which means it will wrinkle a lot when compared to the JCrew 4 season wool jacket. Also Jcrew jackets have non functional buttons meaning if you find the sleeves to be too long, you can always tailor them. I find the JCrew blazers to be the best bet if you play with the discount codes.

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      #3
      If "casual" is what you want, I think unstructured works best (I'd go BR, J Crew, then Express). The J Crew is wool so it's really meant as a suit jacket I think and the Express has very square/rigid shoulders. The BR looks most casual.

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        #4
        The J Crew blazer will be the most formal, the Express will be the most casual and the BR will be in the middle. As mentioned above, the JC will be the highest quality.

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          #5
          The J. Crew is wool, the BR is cotton-linen and the Express is terrible (IMHO). You're sort of comparing apples to oranges here. Wool would be more formal and 4 season, but a cotton-linen blend would be more casual and wouldn't be quite as hot to perform in. Decide what you're looking for.

          I'd also consider SuitSupply: http://us.suitsupply.com/jackets/Jackets,en_US,sc.html
          or something really high end on a steal at Yoox like Boglioli: http://www.yoox.com/us/men/shoponlin...eason=P&sort=3
          I think most of those Boglioli SCs are actually 3 roll 2. I don't know why Yoox buttons all the buttons.

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            #6
            I prefer lbm over boglioli. Similar styles, but the lbm fit is better unless you're very tall.

            Its fine to button all the buttons. The whole point of the roll is to give options.

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              #7
              LBM sounds like exactly what im looking for actually. In fact if i could find something like this blazer: http://www.esquire.com/style/spring-...s-2011#slide-1

              ...it would be perfect. Any idea which LBM blazer that is? Do they sell them in stores or only online? I am definitely tall and skinny though so maybe LBM wont fit me as well? I don't mind spending a little more if its going to last me a long time.

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                #8
                So maybe something like this instead of what I suggested?

                http://www.yoox.com/us/41347786MQ/it...od10=&sizeId=4

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                  #9
                  Yo ox is best if you don't mind being a season behind.

                  Full price they can be found at
                  http://haberdashmen.com online. Local upscale menswear stores carry them too.

                  Full price is like $700+, which is why I always go with yo ox.

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                    #10
                    cant go wrong with an unstructured navy blazer: http://www.howardyount.com/collectio...lazer-vbc-110s

                    I just wish it did not have the metal buttons.

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