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5 x sport coats for fall part II

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Earlier this week I wrote shortly about sport coats for fall and winter (you can find the post here). As I know that most of the jackets featured in the first part can be beyond reach for many thanks to high prices, I decided to take a quick look to some options suitable in case looking a blazer with a bit lower budget.

Fact is that there are not many brands / manufacturers making quality sport coats with a low retail price. SuitSupply is one and then there’s brands such as Land’s End, J.Crew, Club Monaco, Massimo Dutti and Boggi but some of these can be hard to get in case you are living in certain countries and in some it’s at least arguable if the quality really is on pair with the retail price after all.

So basically the option is either to wait for sales (and take the risk that you might not get the jacket you wanted in the first place) or to try and look for websites (outlets) selling pieces (from mainly previous collections) with prices much more affordable.

For shops worth taking a look - check here. There is also a thread @tyylit.fi-forum where there’s listed multiple web shops with great selection. Finding the right piece might be a bit more hard this way but it will sure be rewarding. One of the negative things regarding these sites is that based on the pics they’ve got you can never know how the garments will really look or how it should fit. So my advice is to stay with the labels / brands you already know and minimize the risks.

Finally picked 5 different options available with a budget under 400 euros.

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Who says one can’t wear light shades during fall and winter? A jacket featuring 3-roll-2 buttoning, soft shoulders and mix of cotton and wool together with herringbone pattern goes perfectly with corduroy or a bit more heavier cotton slacks. 

Brando via Yoox

imageIf you are on budget, one option is to try to find a suit where the jacket and trousers can be also used as separates. If you choose to go on this path try to avoid suits with heavily padded and strongly constructed jackets, light (worsted) wool fabrics or “business-oriented” patterns such as chalk or pinstripes.

It’s also good to remember that with this option you might run into the problem of your pants and jacket soiling and wearing at different rates which could in the end make them impossible to wear as a suit. And that’s something you don’t want.

A good option in case looking a “casual suit” that goes for office but can be used as separates could be a blue one made of wool and featuring a subtle check pattern and patch pockets. 

Hudson fit by SuitSupply

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5x sport coats for fall part I

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The sport coat is probably the most variable garment in men’s wardrobe - if you just choose the right one. It’s respectable and decent but not stuffy, it can usually be dressed up or down quite easily depending on how one pairs it and there’s hardly a circumstance for which a sport coat not appropriate.

To put it shortly, there are some points to consider when looking for a jacket. There shouldn’t be any pulls or puckers along the front or back of the jacket when wearing it, the sleeves should be free of any ripples when the arms are naturally hanging down, and the jacket should in general have clean lines all around. These “rules” apply no matter if you are looking for the most formal suit jacket or just a casual sport coat.

As it’s already September and most of the shops have got the new fall / winter collections to their selection, decided to take a quick look of 5 different options for the f/w rotation - basically five different jackets that could take you through the whole season. There’s no particular order in terms of style and color but if you don’t really have a wide selection of sport coats at the closet yet and are considering to build the wardrobe little by little (which is recommendable) - start from the top and go down piece by piece.

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The navy blazer is an evergreen and can not be missed whenever one is listing sport coats for any occasion. For more casual wear (and to pair with denim & casual cotton or wool slacks) one might go for a bit more lightweight, unlined and even a bit “washed” look like in this Boglioli K-Jacket made of merino wool. The lightness of fabric makes this piece suitable for almost year-around from early fall till the last days of spring.

Boglioli via Frans Boone store

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Green is often undervalued when it comes to colors of sport coats. It might be a bit too much for a full suit (unless you don’t have a wide enough rotation) but as a sport coat (the darker) shades of green are very functional and suitable, especially for fall and winter season. Wool / silk mix gives a little bit texture for the jacket and the patch pockets keeps it on the casual side of range. Pair with an off-white roll neck sweater, denim and suede chukka boots. 

Isaia via Oger

imageBoldly patterned sport coats are the one of only areas where men can be safely daring. Also a nice pattern as checks or windowpane can help making a simple tailored jacket a lot more versatile, and as long the design is traditional and the color of the jacket is kept fairly conservative there’s no problem to pull off these pieces. This brown Gaiola Napoli jaceket featuring slight check / windowpane and three patch pockets would be perfect to match with light grey flannel trousers, light blue button-up and a brown cashmere tie.

Gaiola via Linnegatan 2

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5 x sport coats for fall part II

dresslikea:

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Earlier this week I wrote shortly about sport coats for fall and winter (you can find the post here). As I know that most of the jackets featured in the first part can be beyond reach for many thanks to high prices, I decided to take a quick look to some options suitable in case looking a blazer with a bit lower budget.

Fact is that there are not many brands / manufacturers making quality sport coats with a low retail price. SuitSupply is one and then there’s brands such as Land’s End, J.Crew, Club Monaco, Massimo Dutti and Boggi but some of these can be hard to get in case you are living in certain countries and in some it’s at least arguable if the quality really is on pair with the retail price after all.

So basically the option is either to wait for sales (and take the risk that you might not get the jacket you wanted in the first place) or to try and look for websites (outlets) selling pieces (from mainly previous collections) with prices much more affordable.

For shops worth taking a look - check here. There is also a thread @tyylit.fi-forum where there’s listed multiple web shops with great selection. Finding the right piece might be a bit more hard this way but it will sure be rewarding. One of the negative things regarding these sites is that based on the pics they’ve got you can never know how the garments will really look or how it should fit. So my advice is to stay with the labels / brands you already know and minimize the risks.

Finally picked 5 different options available with a budget under 400 euros.

image

Who says one can’t wear light shades during fall and winter? A jacket featuring 3-roll-2 buttoning, soft shoulders and mix of cotton and wool together with herringbone pattern goes perfectly with corduroy or a bit more heavier cotton slacks. 

Brando via Yoox

imageIf you are on budget, one option is to try to find a suit where the jacket and trousers can be also used as separates. If you choose to go on this path try to avoid suits with heavily padded and strongly constructed jackets, light (worsted) wool fabrics or “business-oriented” patterns such as chalk or pinstripes.

It’s also good to remember that with this option you might run into the problem of your pants and jacket soiling and wearing at different rates which could in the end make them impossible to wear as a suit. And that’s something you don’t want.

A good option in case looking a “casual suit” that goes for office but can be used as separates could be a blue one made of wool and featuring a subtle check pattern and patch pockets. 

Hudson fit by SuitSupply

Read More