The Return of the Sport Coat

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The sport coat, it’s between formal wear and a casual jacket. This traditional staple is where the well-dressed man really distinguishes himself from the pack.

There are dress and casual designed sport coats which can be paired with almost any type of pants. Wool trousers, denim jeans and khakis are just some of the possibilities that can be tastefully teamed with a sport coat.

Sport-coatA few helpful tips when purchasing a sport coat

length of your sport coat is an important factor that is often overlooked. For men over six feet tall, choose a long length to accommodate your torso. If you measure five feet eight inches or below, you might need a shorter center back length to balance out your height.

For a casual look, wear a sport coat with jeans, new trendy sneakers and a T-shirt.

Coat should be fitted, jeans should not be loose or baggy, and sneakers should look new.

Brown distressed wingtips look great with jeans and a sport coat as well.

Wool and cashmere are exceptional fall fabrics. Herringbone and houndstooth patterns work well in fall weights and are best treated as solids.

Never button all three buttons of a three-button jacket. Sometimes Button the top, always the middle and never, ever, ever the bottom.

Do not use a random suit jacket and call it a sport coat. It won’t work!

Wear with a tie or without to instantly transform your look. Perhaps a vest or a turtleneck for a more astute style.

Invest in a few colors. Purchase at least one from the “cool” black or grey palette, and one from the “warm” brown or tan palette.

I like using a dark jacket with a light color pant and a light jacket with a dark color pant. This is a quick and easy go to rule for a complete sport coat ensemble.

Leave room for layering, choose an appropriate hand for the season, and be sure to get maximum versatility from your coat. You should be able to wear it casual or dressy by changing your pants and shoes.

Happy sport coat hunting! Men, 2013 is a great year to incorporate a few of these stylish gems. It’s the promise of a new dapper you, and surely a game changer.

For beautifully constructed custom sport coats, contact Andrea for recommendations. 


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