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Hello, Everyone.

While I know that this issue has been addressed previously, I wanted to post some photos (below) of a navy wool suit separate jacket I recently purchased at a very attractive price. I very much like the way the jacket fits, but the matching pants are absolutely massive (this is the subject of another thread). Could this jacket work as an informal blazer to be worn with chinos (not with the jeans in the photos)? The weave is fairly fine, and there is a very slight sheen to the fabric. Might it work if I changed the buttons?

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Hello, Everyone.

While I know that this issue has been addressed previously, I wanted to post some photos (below) of a navy wool suit separate jacket I recently purchased at a very attractive price. I very much like the way the jacket fits, but the matching pants are absolutely massive (this is the subject of another thread). Could this jacket work as an informal blazer to be worn with chinos (not with the jeans in the photos)? The weave is fairly fine, and there is a very slight sheen to the fabric. Might it work if I changed the buttons?

Thank you.

rhz

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Change the buttons and add 1/4" stitching and you have a blazer. I have a few sets of vintage buttons. If you would like to see them, send me an Email
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Internet clothes forums generally say taking an orphan and making it into a blazer or SC is unacceptable.

If you were to change the buttons appropriately, nobody on the street, or on these forums would ever notice if you didnt tell them your dirty secret.
 

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Is this what passes as excitement and thrills when one retires and moves to southern Florida?
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I know it's neither here nor there, but Eagle actually lives in Central Florida. Southern Florida - or South Florida, as it's commonly known - is a whole different world, and not the least bit "southern". In fact, Florida gets more southern the further north you travel in the state.
 

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Edit: OP, I meant to put the following reply in your other thread (about altering the baggy trousers). This is what happens to me when people post two separate—but related—threads in quick succession. I go back and forth and get mental whiplash. Anyway, here’s my response to your other question:

If you bought the trousers as “separates,” can you return them for a refund? You won’t need them if you are going to turn the jacket into a blazer.

If you can get a refund, then use the proceeds—plus whatever else you would have spent slimming down the trousers—to buy a pair of wool trousers that are either medium-gray or tan. If you can swing it, buy both colors—then you’ll have two complementary things to wear with your new blazer.

Even if you can’t get a refund, it might make sense in the long run to regard the trousers as a lost cause provided you didn’t spend too much on them—should you convert the jacket to a blazer, you’ll be much better off with gray and/or tan trousers in your wardrobe than navy blue ones.
 

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Edit: OP, I meant to put the following reply in your other thread (about altering the baggy trousers). This is what happens to me when people post two separate-but related-threads in quick succession. I go back and forth and get mental whiplash. Anyway, here's my response to your other question:

If you bought the trousers as "separates," can you return them for a refund? You won't need them if you are going to turn the jacket into a blazer.

If you can get a refund, then use the proceeds-plus whatever else you would have spent slimming down the trousers-to buy a pair of wool trousers that are either medium-gray or tan. If you can swing it, buy both colors-then you'll have two complementary things to wear with your new blazer.

Even if you can't get a refund, it might make sense in the long run to regard the trousers as a lost cause provided you didn't spend too much on them-should you convert the jacket to a blazer, you'll be much better off with gray and/or tan trousers in your wardrobe than navy blue ones.
Thank you for your suggestions and sorry about the multiple threads. The trousers can be returned or exchanged for grey.
 

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Thank you all for your responses. It's really appreciated.

I actually have another question: I ordered the jacket in short and regular. The jacket in the photo is short. I know that many people here have a negative view of overly short jackets. I'll post some photos of the regular jacket and would love your input on which looks right.

Thanks again.
 

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Here I've included three photos: one of the short jacket (shown earlier) from the back/side, a similar photo for the regular jacket, and a front-facing photo for the regular jacket.

The regular jacket covers my bum. The short almost covers my bum. Aside from current trend considerations, I'm drawn to the short jacket because I have proportionally short legs (I'm 5'10" with 29.5" inseam), and I thought it would give a more balanced look. What do you all think is the better choice?

Thanks, again!

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No apology necessary--I was only kvetching because I like to kvetch.

Refund? Good. But don't do an exchange if the next pair of trousers will be just as loose as the first. Look for another maker entirely. Lands' End?
OK. Kvetching is allowed. You're right--it would be better to find pants that require fewer alterations. Thanks again.
 
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