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You Never Know What Will Become Your Favorite…
Though it’s hard to tell what it looks like from the picture, this thrift find, a vintage Southwick for Cable Car Clothiers tweed jacket, is quickly becoming my favorite sport coat, and probably the only item I own (that isn’t shoes) that sees use at least once a week.
It wasn’t expensive ($10) initially, but I loved the fabric and fit of it in the shoulders so much that I broke one of my own general thrifting rules—not to have things tailored, because that’s expensive—and spent an extra $50 having the sides taken in considerably.

The jacket, as mentioned above, originally came from San Francisco’s famed men’s haberdashery Cable Car Clothiers, “San Francisco’s British Goods Store” (where a lot of my favorite thrifted items come from), and was, I believe, likely a MTM piece for a man with a rather significant middle region but shoulders the size of a regular 40R. The jacket has a very traditional American cut; it’s undarted, has a 3 roll 2 lapel, and natural shoulders. And that’s what really stuck out to me when I came across it at the thrift. The shoulders were perfect; not too narrow, not too padded, not unpadded. 
When I tried the jacket on, however, it did indeed fit perfectly in the shoulders, but was gigantic in the body. The coat was in excellent condition though, so I decided to buy it and invest the money in having it tailored. I’m delighted I did so because I love it. It’s warm, incredibly comfortable, has a nice slimming (I think) look, but is actually more loose fitting than many other jackets I own.
It’s amazing what a good tailor can do to bring a garment that fits you poorly (as long as the fundamental points are there; the shoulders in this case) into a thing of beauty that fits you so well you don’t even notice you’re wearing it.

You Never Know What Will Become Your Favorite…

Though it’s hard to tell what it looks like from the picture, this thrift find, a vintage Southwick for Cable Car Clothiers tweed jacket, is quickly becoming my favorite sport coat, and probably the only item I own (that isn’t shoes) that sees use at least once a week.

It wasn’t expensive ($10) initially, but I loved the fabric and fit of it in the shoulders so much that I broke one of my own general thrifting rules—not to have things tailored, because that’s expensive—and spent an extra $50 having the sides taken in considerably.

The jacket, as mentioned above, originally came from San Francisco’s famed men’s haberdashery Cable Car Clothiers, “San Francisco’s British Goods Store” (where a lot of my favorite thrifted items come from), and was, I believe, likely a MTM piece for a man with a rather significant middle region but shoulders the size of a regular 40R. The jacket has a very traditional American cut; it’s undarted, has a 3 roll 2 lapel, and natural shoulders. And that’s what really stuck out to me when I came across it at the thrift. The shoulders were perfect; not too narrow, not too padded, not unpadded. 

When I tried the jacket on, however, it did indeed fit perfectly in the shoulders, but was gigantic in the body. The coat was in excellent condition though, so I decided to buy it and invest the money in having it tailored. I’m delighted I did so because I love it. It’s warm, incredibly comfortable, has a nice slimming (I think) look, but is actually more loose fitting than many other jackets I own.

It’s amazing what a good tailor can do to bring a garment that fits you poorly (as long as the fundamental points are there; the shoulders in this case) into a thing of beauty that fits you so well you don’t even notice you’re wearing it.

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