How Many Safari Jackets are Enough

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Canadian, May 18, 2020.

  1. Canadian

    Canadian One of the Regulars

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    Hello all,

    I was on WPG and saw a couple things I was going to buy. I did buy two identical cravats/ascots (I don't know what you call them in other countries, here both terms are common). But I saw a white belted safari coat, a tan belted and a OD belted. I'm very tempted to buy the white version. I have a tan jacket from TAG and what I believe to be a Swedish OD jacket. I also have an unbelted tan (with a hidden zipper) and an unbelted OD.

    I actually started my menswear journey with an OD waxed cotton safari coat from GAP of all places. That was 19 years ago, I was in my final year of high school, and didn't know anything about mens jackets.

    So yeah, how many jackets are necessary? I probably look an awful sight walking around outside with a safari coat, khaki slacks and a dress shirt on. My neighbours expect it, but the guys down the street and down the block probably think I'm a hipster trying to be ironic.

    C.
     
  2. Bfd70

    Bfd70 Call Me a Cab

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    To answer the question posed in the title, one, one is enough. Will two make you happier? That is the question most of us on the site struggle with daily.
     
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  3. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom One Too Many

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    I own one Safari jacket. But I love it so much. All those pockets! The epaulets and belt! Mostly I love the fabric and the khaki color! When I put it on, I am instantly transported to East Africa a generation ago! I’m Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, and Hemingway all rolled into one. I get the urge to buy a Vintage Land Rover Defender and set out in search of King Solomon’s mine. I only have one safari jacket ...because I know that if I stepped onto that slippery slope by buying a second, it would be all over. Soon I would have closets full of them. Fortunately I am self-aware enough to know I have a problem.

    btw, I don’t allow myself to leave the house with more than one piece of khaki clothing on. Maybe when I become old and eccentric. :oops:
     
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  4. Warlord of The Weejuns

    Warlord of The Weejuns New in Town

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    I have 5 safari jackets, including a tan suede and a brown wool jacket with windowpane checks. It never really about need is it?
     
  5. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Of course not. Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a wardrobe full of Safari Jackets. And a vintage Land Rover Defender.
     
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  6. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom One Too Many

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    GHT has always been like a little devil sitting on my shoulder and whispering in my ear.
     
  7. Cornelius

    Cornelius A-List Customer

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    Two. One dark khaki, one olive drab.
     
  8. M Brown

    M Brown One of the Regulars

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    Thurston Howell lll never left home without one!
     
  9. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi, well right now you're limited to TAG and WPG unless you get a used one. I have both a tan and a green one from Cabelas that are a decade old. I had a green airtex one from WPG, but it shrunk a little. The airtex ones are really nice in the hotter climates. I don't tend to use the belts much either. You do need a decent safari hat / Indiana Jones Fedora to wear with it. JUST DON'T WEAR IT TO THE ZOO. Trust me on this one.
    Just my $0.02.
     
  10. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    What a flatterer you are, and how you make me chuckle.
     
  11. Cornelius

    Cornelius A-List Customer

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    How's the sleeve length on the WPG aertex bush jackets? I have one of their shirts in that fabric and agree it's great for high heat & humidity, but the sleeves are so short I need to always wear them rolled up.
     
  12. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi, there should be a size chart on Jerry Lee's website (WPG). I haven't had mine for at least 9 years.
    Later
     
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