I tried on two blazers,
Two more blazers to compare. Although I think the fit is pretty good, I am not a huge fan of the color of the sandy colored grey one. I was expecting something more brownish. The other fits that bill, but is unfortunately shorter. I am worried that it is too short as it doesn't really cover my butt. Thoughts?
As for the question of stylish vs conservative...something between the two. I'd like to get something that is a bit fashion forward, but isn't as edgy as this (http://copy.doublu.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab...).
This I know, however sleeves are tailored easily whereas shoulders not so much...
Where are your natural shoulders? You look, a bit, like you're wearing football pads. There is something about the fit that looks disproportionate.
It depends on what you want to use the blazers for. I think the shoulders are a little wide, you may want to check out a size smaller.
When you check the how it looks with your arm out, you don't tend to go for someone's throat, you tend to keep your arms around your waist to mid chest. So those photos are not something to stress of.
I like the fit of the darker gray. I suspect the lighter one a size smaller will fit much better.
You might get a better fit in a smaller size because the shoulders look a little big. Just had to exchange one myself for the same thing.
Are they standard/regular fit?
If not, some slim fit (or even skinny fit) 36's might be better around the shoulders.
As you say, arms are pretty much a moot point, tailoring can fix that.
I'd try another store. The cut appears to be a nipped waist "European" cut, you might be better off with the boxier "Brooks Brothers" cut jacket or better yet, try to find something with a more natural shoulder.
BTW, your trousers are way too long as well. If you got them at the same place you're trying on blazers, the sales people aren't fitting you properly.
Hmmm...I don't know why a boxier cut would help in the shoulder. If anything, the classic styles generally have huge shoulder pads which make them very unnatural.
As for the jeans I'm wearing, I don't have any problem with them. Can't stand the skinny fit pant trend that's going on right now.
The jeans are rumpled around the legs because they are bunching up from being too long. For a clean look to match any blazer you need to roll the cuffs of your jeans so they hang off your waist, not stand up from your feet.
Unless wearing ill fitting pants is part of the look you are going for.
That is the thing about personal style, your's may not match mine.
I'd second that the shoulders look to wide, and that there is something 'off' with the whole look. Hard to say what, but it looks very unnatural for some reason. I feel that for some reason the waist isn't where it is supposed to be, or simply not tight enough.
Still, always go for the right shoulders, the rest can be adapted...
The sleeves are about an inch or so too long, the shoulders are at least a half an inch too wide on each side. The length of the jacket and the waist suppression are just right. You might find a good place to have alternations done but they can't touch the shoulders - only the tailor that constructed the jacket can do that.
The lesson that I learned years ago: Don't waste your time with trying to fit into what is on the peg and go find a reasonably priced tailor. Even made to measure will come very close to giving you a very good fit. You will not regret it and you will never go back to the peg.
The problem is of course finding a reasonably priced tailor and what "reasonably" means to some are not the same to others.
What are you wearing the blazers for? Are you trying to be as stylish as possible or more standard & conservative?