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How to Pick the Best Sportscoats and Blazers

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Sports coats and blazers are two clothing staples every man should own regardless of occupation or social status. Make them a part of your wardrobe building strategy, and you’ll end up with a multitude of versatile, interchangeable outfits to wear to almost any event or occasion.

Sports Jackets & First Impressions

“Many things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.” These words are as true today as they were centuries ago when the Spanish priest and writer, Baltasar Gracian, spoke them.

Whether or not we interact with others as we go about our daily routine, they judge us based on appearances. While perceptions created by our attire might be inaccurate, once you create a first impression, it's tough to erase or amend it.

Why Sports Coats & Blazers?

Hence, while it is unfair to judge books by their covers or men by their jackets, the hard reality is how we dress reveals a lot about us to others. Having said that, let's talk about the importance of sports jackets and blazers in your wardrobe building plan.

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These are less formal yet more expressive alternatives to simply wearing one of your suit jackets, and it's a more economical solution as well. After all, if you damage a suit jacket, then for all intents and purposes, you've ruined your suit as well and lost your investment dollars.

Best Blazer Investment Choices

If you can only afford one odd jacket, make it a classic navy blazer or wool sport jacket made from a dark solid or semi-solid fabric. Blazers have distinct style attributes setting them apart from sport jackets:

  • Silver, gold, brass or leather buttons
  • Patch pockets
  • Ticket pocket

These features signal the blazer is not part of a suit; it is a standalone garment. Because of their formal history and dressy buttons, navy blazers are considered more formal than sports jackets.

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As such, they might not be the right choice for someone who seldom wears a suit or who prefers more casual clothing. You can dress down your blazer, however, by choosing a single breasted style or by selecting horn or mother of pearl buttons for them.

Sports Coats

Those who live in the country tend to own a variety of sports jackets, but they are versatile garments for any wardrobe and especially useful for business casual dressing. These can range from sleek, dressy worsted wool to casual tweed.

Whether you wear your sports jackets and business shirts with jeans or pair them with odd trousers for a dressier look, you'll feel confident and project a well-dressed image in most situations.

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While you could opt for an off-the-rack-blazer or sports jacket, if the fit isn't perfect, you could end up paying more because typically the alterations cost more you would pay if you purchased a custom made garment up front.

Our expert tailors take you from design options to styling features to fabric selection to final fittings without a hitch. Set up anobligation free appointment today and see how good custom tailoring can feel.

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