• TO

    Just realized today that a pair of suit trousers (which I happen to be wearing) are almost for sure the bottoms from the CM suit in this post.

    I found em a few weeks ago in the TO flagship for $60-70! They are great. Gotta love the end of seasons:)

  • Joe

    Nice picks at good price points. Note – The uniqlo link is broken (but you get a nice haiku out of it)

    • TO

      The Uniqlo link works for me!- ?

      • Joe

        Weird. I clicked on the link and get the broken link haiku, but if I just copy past the address, it works fine. Oh well, easy enough to find anyway.

        • HM

          I’ve noticed I often get the error haiku on the uniqlo website but it works if I refresh the page.

  • Alan

    I hear what you’re saying about lapels and stuff, but my Donegal Tweed jacket cost me £8 and is badass.

  • Kristopher

    If I can offer my very unprofessional advice, thirft stores are honestly one of the best cost-conscious options for tweed jackets. Harris Tweed jackets are common place in just about any thirft store. Factor in a few dollars for any necessary alterations and you’re still coming in at an amazing price for quality tweed from one of the world’s most renowned mills. For my fellow hustlers trying to stay fresh on a budget.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      I’m all for vintage and agree that tweed jackets can be scored at second-hand shops.

      The problem is, it’s very hit or miss and in most cases you have to be willing to make a trade-off on stylistic details (proportions, shoulder padding, lapel shape, button stance, length, feel of the wool, etc).

      For example, a friend of mine tried to find a go-to tweed jacket at a vintage shop. After looking for weeks he settled, had it altered significantly, wasn’t happy with the finished result, and ended up buying a jacket with a more modern sensibility (like one of the options above). In this case, it is not cheaper.

      Just my 2 cents.

      • http://www.joshua-gold.com Josh

        Gotta agree with Dan. Tweed has obviously been a popular fall/winter jacket for decades. So the styling on a lot of the tweeds you find in a thrift shop are totally outdated, either the notch halfway down your chest and/or massive lapels. If you’re ballin on a budget, just take the Uniqlo/H&M/Forever21 route.

      • Kristopher

        Totally agree with the hit/miss stylistic details, especially regarding a lot heavier shoulders and a much wider lapel. I’m all about the thrill of the chase. Thanks for the response.

        • Joe

          Good points. I see a lot of tweed at resale shops, and a decent amount of it fair to good quality. I just haven’t yet found the one that fits me well enough to buy (though I haven’t been looking all that hard, but it’s something I always check for). Though I did score a killer camelhair plaid sports coat recently that needed just a little tailoring.

  • Kien

    Currently looking to add a tweed blazer to my wardrobe, quite hard to find a slimmer fit in the UK as most are cut quite boxy…

  • Brady

    I have the jcrew and absolutely love it! The “ludlow” is an excellent fit of the rack (I’m 5′ 10″ 155lbs and went w/ 38R). I would recommend it to anyone. As far as fabric goes, I choose the English Harvest which is a brown herringbone pattern in Harris tweed. Very quality jacket (not to mention it has a matching waistcoat).

  • Khalid

    Some expert commentary would be helpful! Do any attributes of any of the blazers stand out? Fit aside, which represents the best long-term value? Thanks!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Hey Khalid,

      Well, the most obvious difference between these jackets is the fabrics/colors. Stylistically, the Polo jacket has a collar tab (making it sportier) and the Theory piece has narrower lapels and besom pockets (no flaps – making it slightly more formal and trendier).

      As far as construction, you can bet that the Uniqlo piece is lower quality than the Club Monaco or JCrew (more internal fusing, cheaper padding, lower quality fabric, lining, etc). The Club Monaco and JCrew are going to perform similarly overall.

      The Polo jacket is the highest quality here BY FAR. It’s hand finished in Italy and I would assume has at least a 1/4 or 1/2 canvas – not to mention the fabric is going to feel softer and wear better (it’s also 35% Alpaca, and retails for $1,600).

      Let’s assume they would all fit you, after some basic alts (which is not necessarily the case, you should know which brands fit your body type better).

      All that said, if I was making a long-term investment in one of these jackets, I would get the Polo if I could afford it, or the Club Monaco if not (which, in my opinion, is the best bang for your buck here considering it’s $110 cheaper than the JCrew).

      Again, this is all my opinion and is riddled with educated assumptions.

      Hope this was helpful.


      • Khalid

        Thanks for taking the time to reply. This does help! You’ve really got me thinking about clothing in the most delightful way. :)

        One popular option omitted is the Banana Republic one, which is quite close in appearance to the Club Monaco blazer but currently $150 cheaper (in limited sizes): http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=32643&vid=1&pid=428196002

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but I assume the CM one *might* be just slightly better fabric wise; otherwise they seem of similar construction, styling, and quality.

      • TO

        Wow that is an awesome response.