If you’re a trad on a budget and want some “Take Ivy” jacket details but can’t afford RL/Rugby prices, take a look at these two jackets by Lands’ End with a student/professor vibe and cheap tuition.
Above is a herringbone sportcoat that was on sale last week for about $165 (it’s currently back up to $199). Although it’s two button and darted, rather than the purer three button and undarted, you get patch pockets and a completely unpadded shoulder.
Being a sucker for patch pockets and a herringbone collector, I gave the jacket a try but was forced to reject it. Despite how the jacket looks in the photo, the lapels are a standard 3.5 inches — too wide for me and my number-one dealbreaker — and the patch breast pocket annoyed me more than I thought it would.
But to each his own, and I wanted to alert those of you looking for traditional styling on the cheap. I can vouch that the shoulder has no padding, though I don’t think this jacket is tailored enough to deserve the term “natural shoulder,” which is why I said “unpadded.”
The same cut is also available in corduroy and comes in the colors “French walnut” and “green fig,” clearly indicating that a woman is writing your menswear product descriptions. — CC
I picked up one of these bad boys a few weeks ago, and I’m generally happy with it. Like Christian said, if have sufficient money and an eye for detail, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere. But I have neither of those things, and got sick of losing on eBay sizing gambles. So I’m happy with the purchase.
What type of vent do these jackets have? I seem to recall reading in the catalog that they were double vented? Potential deal-breakers abound….
Single. I wouldn’t have called it “Take Ivy” if it was double.
“Trad on a budget” pretty much describes you and your aspiring acoloytes, doesn’t it?
“Fake” Ivy is more like it.
Not a bad deal fror someone just starting out with a budget. Nothing wrong with a two-button, center vent coat, with topstitching included.
What is “fake Ivy”?
Look how “falsely” he wears that shirt!
Can’t you see how ridiculous that sounds? How small, sad and petty you sound…