By Hendrik Pohl
Do you like to dress nice from time to time and are looking for different ways to change your look as well as ways to introduce new styles into your outfits? Then this article will help. It is my goal to discuss different types of jackets such as Blazers, Sport Coats, and Suit Jackets. In this article you will find tips on how to wear each, when to wear them, and how to combine them with other pieces of clothing.
First off all, no matter what type of jacket you choose, make sure that your outfit matches the occasion as well as your personal style. If you are a little uncertain, what your style is, then look through men’s fashion magazines such as GQ, Men’s Style, or Cigar Aficionado and find the styles & looks you like. Doing this will give you new ideas on different styles, and what outfits will look good on you. Whatever you choose, make the style your own and wear it with confidence.
A blazer is a type of semi-formal jacket that usually is bought separately from the dress pants (unlike a suit). Blazers come in both styles: Single breasted, as well as double-breasted cuts. The choice of fabrics used varies widely, but usually fabrics with more patterns are chosen such as hound’s-tooth, herringbone, or windowpane patterns. In addition the fabric used is usually thicker and warmer wool. Classic blazers use more impressive buttons such as gold colored, buttons made from bone, or exotics types of wood.
The blazer will suit a wide range of events and dress codes ranging from business attire, to casual wear. The blazer is polished to a more formal look if combined with more formal accessories such as bow ties, dressy slacks, and pocket squares.
The typical blazer has a more traditional appearance. With this in mind, it will combine well with other more formal/traditional pieces of clothing accessories such as bow ties and pocket squares. When combining clothing to the blazer make sure that the patterns and colors harmonize. A window-pane pattern blazer in tan/ brown color shades would go excellent with light brown flannel pants with brown buttons, brown shoes, and a burgundy colored polka dot bow tie.
As the name indicates, sport coats have a sporty, more casual look. The styles available vary widely in cuts, fabrics, and colors. You will find anything from beige-brown linen to a trendy purple sateen sport coat.
The more trendy-casual appearance of sport coats make them less suited for business attire worn to the office. Instead it is a dressy type of jacket for a night out at the bars or to a restaurant. The sport coat is most commonly combined with trendy designer jeans, tapered dress shirts, and skinny neckties. Shoes are usually also on the trendy-sporty side. Leather loafers work well on the more dressy side, while the retro-style sneakers will add a sportier look.
The suit jacket is usually bought in combination with matching pants made from the exact type of fabric. Typically suit jackets have a more conservative ‘Business Look’. The most common colors are charcoal gray, dark blues, or tan-brown. Patterns are less eccentric than those of most blazers, but nevertheless, fine pinstriped, windowpane and herringbone are quite common.
Suit jackets are almost exclusively combined with matching pants, dress shirt, dress shoes, and a belt. Other accessories such as neckties, and cufflinks are also quite common. Most common are suit jackets worn for business type of functions and as daily office wear.
About the Author: Hendrik Pohl is an expert author on men’s fashion. His personal interest in
, bow ties and cufflinks inspired him to open his own online retailer: Ties-Necktie.com – A unique online boutique specializing in fine men’s neckwear. You will find anything from traditional
to contemporary Italian designer neckties.