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Found blue velvet jacket at Stanford last night laying on the floor. What would one wear with said coat?
That was the extent of your lead-off post. You don't mention that you attempted to find the owner (and with a groovy hit me up). So Tradical was within bounds to offer the following:
If you have moral fiber stiffer than your legal reasoning, you'll drop it off at lost / found. If you don't, you will perhaps have a shred of pragmatism, and realize the high likelihood of somebody your size drunkenly recognizing their distinctive blue velvet jacket in Palo Alto, and objecting accordingly.
Prompting you to add after-the-fact declarations of your honor. Sorry, ain't buying.
 

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Oh, the memories! I bought my blue velvet jacket in the late seventies. It was from Halston, and still beautiful when I gave it away in '82 (assuming something like that would NEVER, NEVER, ever be wearable again).

And so, of course, velvet jackets made a comeback. My flawlessly constructed Halston would have been the leader of the pack. But I suspect you missed that boat by a couple of years. Maybe you could wear it in Vegas or Atlantic City. But I doubt it.

Gauche or not, velvet jackets are among the most beautiful of garments. I understand your attraction. If it makes you feel better, one of my best friends had a navy velvet jacket from Pierre Cardin. We both wore them for business. We laughed about it later, when we were all grown up, in our Norman Hilton suits. But before his demise at thirty-something, my friend had risen from an impoverished background to become a multimillionaire. And I did better than I'd ever dreamed. We did these things partly during the period when we were running around to meetings in those outre jackets.

I have some silk jackets from Pal Zileri and a red Cashmere from Brioni, that I wear around the house, but never out into the world. I think that's how you should wear your velvet jacket (once you've had it fitted with silver 'dome' buttons). Wish I still had mine.
 

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That was the extent of your lead-off post. You don't mention that you attempted to find the owner (and with a groovy hit me up). So Tradical was within bounds to offer the following:
Prompting you to add after-the-fact declarations of your honor. Sorry, ain't buying.
Sorry my good man, but I am having trouble following your pidgin ghetto style of writing. But I followed you for the first half. If it any consolation to you, I am a poor speller.
 

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I don't own any jeans- would khakis and a white OCBD work?
In Atlanta, bars and restaurants that restrict admission to those over 18 may allow smoking. Do you ever wear your velvet jacket to a place where people smoke? I'd be concerned about it acting like a sponge and requiring a hosing down with Febreze and a trip to the cleaners.
I wouldn't do it with khakis - IMO it would a lot more look out of place than with jeans.

My jacket may smell like smoke for a few hours after being in a bar, but it airs out rather quickly. Certainly by the next time I have occasion to wear it.

As for the comments about not liking jeans and their informality - understood. Keep in mind, though, that not all jeans are grubby work wear. Some very dark, tailored jeans can look quite sharp to many eyes. Cringe if you will, but the uber-successful designer Tom Ford wore a velvet jacket and jeans as a bit of a uniform for some time. Many woman like the look -the key is not too accessorize it so that you come off like a douche - keep the rest of the outfit simple.

A compromise to all of this may be odd wool trousers. I've done this before and it looked good if not stunning. As always, the devil is in the details - the trousers and jacket must complement each other in cut, color and level of formality. Think of how a black velvet jacket is often worn as part of a semi-formal rig; it can look very good if done correctly.
 

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Is the velvet jacket undarted? 3 roll 2? Manufactured by a traditional American clothing company?
 
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