Why every guy needs a sport coat
Not too casual and not too formal, a sport coat or blazer is perfectly in-between. A sport coat gives a ‘finished’ look to any attire. In addition, it symbolizes that step from party dude to sophisticated gentleman. Every man needs a selection of sport coats in his wardrobe because:
• Women go crazy for a sharp-dressed man. It’s not just a song, it’s the truth.
• A sport coat hides a multitude of sins – not just your poor ironing skills. A sport coat or blazer gives the body a streamlined silhouette and the illusion of a well-toned body.
• It plays well with others. Sport coats are smart dressed down with a pair of jeans and boots, or dressed up with some crisp wool trousers and dress shoes.
Know your coat
Sport coats come in a variety of colors, fabrics and styles. While a good salesperson will help you create a look that’s perfect for you, here’s what to look for when buying a sport coat.
• The cut: Should you do single breasted or double breasted? The single breast cut complements both casual and business looks. The double-breasted cut has sort of a nautical feel to it and can be fairly formal.
• The vents: Sport coats can be single vented, double vented or not vented at all. Single vent is the most common, while double vents allow for greater movement. Stay away from non-vented sport coats.
• The buttons: Double button sport coats are the most popular. Single button coats are rarer, but just as stylish and three button sport coats are becoming more and more fashionable. Metallic buttons tend to be a little on the showy side; choose a sport coat with buttons in a muted or subtle color so you have more options.
Know your size
Men’s sport coats are sold in chest sizes and by length. A good salesperson will measure you across the back and from the shoulder to the edge of the wrist to find your size.
• Chest: The first part of a sport coat size is a number; this is your chest measurement or your over-arm measurement minus 7 inches. If these two numbers are about the same, you’ll use your chest measurement as your size. If the measurement over your arms is larger than your chest, use your over-arm measurement (minus 7) as your size.
• Length: Typically S, R, or L, the letter or word refers to your overall height, but these measurements are flexible. Be aware of your overall body proportions and choose the length that covers your rear end without going any farther. For example, if you’re 5’10” but you have a long torso, then you may want to shop for a long sport coat. If the sizes don’t fit you perfectly, remember that you can take it to a tailor.
• A traditional size chart:
Short (S) 5’5″ to 5’7″
Regular (R) 5’8″ to 5’10”
Long (L) 5’11” to 6’2″
Extra Long (XL) 6’3″ and over
Sport coats for men of specific types (portly or extra short) are also available and can be well-fit by an expert salesperson and tailor.
What type of fabrics should you own?
Basically, they fabric of the sport coats you own will come down to your own personal preferences and they type of impression you want to make.
• Corduroy – Come on, you’re not in high school.
• Camel hair – A classic choice. A camel hair sport coat works well in most any weather and can be dressed up or dressed down.
• Gabardine – Great for all-around wear, wool gabardine sport coats are available in a wide variety of cuts and colors.
• Tweed – Luxe and traditional, a tweed sport coat is the epitome of classy, traditional style.
• Linen – A smart selection if you’re a cultured gentleman in the deep South or are getting married on a beach. Linen sport coats are a great warm-weather choice.
• Velvet – Are you Austin Powers?