Proportion is dependent on your body type.
Based on the formality of the pants you are wearing, choose shoes accordingly. Flannel trousers will demand something like a double monk strap or oxford. Chinos and jeans, on the other hand, will pair nicely with loafers or any other dressy casual shoe. Last but not least, the dressiest of the three jacket types is the suit jacket. This piece has been around the longest and is without a doubt the most traditional and popular. The single most distinguishing factor of a suit jacket is that it has a matching pair of trousers that was made from the exact same swatch of fabric.
Tuxedos followed shortly thereafter, being used exclusively by upper-classmen for formal evening affairs in the s. The suit we know and wear today first appeared in the wardrobes of elite in the mid to late 19th century, and while its exact origins are hazy, its design is thanks in part to the work of Savile Row tailors, who increasingly introduced elements of military and eveningwear into daywear throughout the 19th and early 20th century.
Today, the suit jacket and matching trousers are both a business- and evening wear staple in menswear, second to nothing other than the aforementioned tailcoat and the tuxedo in terms of formality. Suit jackets are technically supposed to be worn exclusively with their matching trousers and vests. You may match your suit jacket with nice denim or slacks in certain occasions, but never for formal events.
Formal shoes, naturally, are the best bet for pairing with a suit jacket. We hope that this helps to clear things up for you a little.
Though these pieces can be worn interchangeably in most occasions, it is important to note the key differences. For example, if you plan to wear a turtleneck or multiple layers underneath, your best bet would be a sports jacket. Derivative of its name the sports jacket was originally the attire worn by a sporting man.
The loose fit of the sports jacket allows one to wear a sweater underneath. It is definitely looser than a suit jacket. As such, sturdier fabrics were used.
The most popular fabric used in sports jackets of include tweeds such as hounds tooth and Donegal. All of the fabrics mentioned usually come in shades of brown, green, gray and blue.
It is also common to find sports jackets in checked patterns. Again, we go back to the original purpose of the sports jacket. It was meant to function as sporting attire for a gentleman. Pleats, arm patches and ticket pockets are all details found on a sports jacket that are meant to serve various functions. A sports jackets will usually come with a sport lapel which can be closed completely to protect the chest and neck area.
The sports jacket is also the most casual among the three clothing items discussed today. A good idea is to invest in a sports jacket after you have invested in your first suit. A sports jacket will have more uses than a blazer as it lends itself to a number of casual and slightly dressy occasions. Want to learn how to wear a sports jacket with jeans?
That is, if your boss is a man. The choice to go with pleats is mainly a personal preference, but we will say this: Other options include gray and other neutral shades of dress slacks , corduroys in earthy browns and a couple of accent colors like oxblood red and olive green and, if the office is truly casual, dark jeans. All of these can work with blazers and can be mixed and matched with many shirts and casual accents like knit ties.
This looks OK i. Blazers need to be a bit shorter. The other difference is that a suit is typically made of a fine wool or linen, I suppose , and may have a shinier appearance. A suit should be paired with only a dress shirt. They should always be trim and fit your body well, while the sleeves should only go up to your wrist just enough to cover a well-fitting watch. A blazer can be a bit bigger so that you can fit a sweater or whatever underneath, while the sleeves can be a bit longer if desired because you may wear it as a jacket and never pair it with a shirt and tie.
The type of wool, and the type of patterns, vary considerably from the type used for suits. Suit colours are quite basic, even if the patterns vary slightly. Mind you, in recent years, slightly shorter suit jackets have been in fashion, but that may look silly in 5 years, and make you look out of place at work. It depends on how trendy you want to be. To me, it looks better in a work environment. You make a strong, and quite thorough, case for the difference.
If I have to dress up for the office in winters, and I go for a dress pant black, blue, charcoal, khakis with a dress shirt plain, striped , sometimes with or without a tie. Now to put on a layer above, what would be the best option? The decision you have to make, Liden, is more about office appropriateness than style. You can always wear the blazer separately.
And now, with the introduction of unsuits to the Black Lapel line, you can get a jacket with a non-matching pair of pants. The choice is yours. This is very informative since i came from a country that doesnt usually wear suits and blazers.
Im pretty much naive on the difference so I made my research. I am about to buy a suit for the purpose of attending a debut and wedding of my nephew this coming october. Which color do you recommend on buying for this occassion? Still, one go-to color for these types of occasions is Royal Blue.
Not to mention it looks pretty fly! We love this color so much we gave it a whole feature on The Compass here. So… As far as where the jacket comes together — it seems that blazers tend to go a tad lower…. The navel principle applies to blazers just like suit jackets.
You are a bit more likely to spot a one-button blazer than you are to see a one-button suit. The one-button will have a deeper V shape, so those do come together lower.
A word of caution, though, John. Proportion is dependent on your body type. A guy with a short torso and long legs will have a higher navel than a longer torso guy. So take the rule of thumb with a grain of salt. Wow this is great info.. Im a young man wearing urban Clothes like jordans, skinny jeans, fitted t-shirts, nd hats.
But im kind of digging This style wit the jacket casual pants and the nice long sleeves shirts. My wife loves To see me when i dress casual like in the picture above and i really like it too. So Im looking forward to dress like this very soon… any Nice store suggestion where i can go nd Buy this type of style clothes??
Yes, Jordan, you most certainly can wear a suit jacket as a blazer. Every man ought to know how to Rock a Blazer Like a Pro. Anyways, thanx for the info. True, Shafkat, some blazers do have more casual detailing. It varies from one designer to another. The British very often pair pinstripe, and heavier chalkstripe, jackets with jeans and casual trousers, as well as bold windowpane tweeds. Hear that Daniel Craig? That said, we will staunchly defend your right to wear what you like, Michael.
But I find a solid colored worsted wool suit jacket looks out of place when used as a blazer the same with some patterns such as pinstripes. It looks like the wearer has his suit pants at the drycleaners.
You do see blazers with peak lapels but since blazers are a bit more casual peak lapels are not as common. Still, some of us rock peak lapel blazers at Black Lapel just because we like them. Whoa, thnx for clearing a big confusion… I recently bought a suit, was not sure if I can use it as a blazer.! Glad we could help, Vish. Also, check out the recent piece on the All-American Blazer for more ideas. A more traditional formal tuxedo will generally have jacket with a peak lapel.
While, traditionally tuxedos are black, the world of tuxedos is opening up to blues like this one from Black Lapel which, by the way, has a shawl lapel. The dinner jacket can also be white for daytime affairs, while the pants remain black. Stay on the lookout for that story coming soon. Oscar, the type of pattern and fabric can definitely be a telling sign of a suit jacket vs.
Certain tweeds, for example, will often be more characteristic of a blazer, while worsted wools are typically used in suiting. As for patterns, pinstripes should always belong with a suit. That said, nothing is always that cut-and-dry! In practice, doubling that solid navy suit jacket as a navy blazer is absolutely okay! Just my personal preference. Its good to have a unique set of preferences Jovan!
Jared, our custom navy blazers are easily comparable in terms of quality and craftsmanship, and far superior in terms of fit.
If you want a clearer picture, check out our Black Lapel Custom Suits vs. A lot of companies these days use the term sport coat and blazer interchangeably, causing a lot of the confusion between the two terms. However, traditionally, the the blazer and the sport coat had very distinct origins and characteristics.
While blazers were defined by its preppier, nautical roots, the sport coat was a more rustic, hunting jacket. True to its outdoor functions the traditional sport coat was made of heavier fabrics such as tweed, had pockets with flaps, sometimes an upper ticket pocket and a generally softer shape than a suit jacket.
Hope that clears things up a bit! I was literally on my way out of the house to shop for a blazer when I saw this.
You guys are amazing, and so helpful. I had no idea what I was doing. Please keep up the great work! Your email address will not be published. Like What You See? We'll send you style advice and intel for the modern man.
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Remember a casual jacket that isn't navy blue and doesn't have buttons could be a sport coat or a blazer. If it's blue with buttons, it's a blazer - non-negotiable. If it's made of nice fabric and has matching pants, it's a suit jacket. The landlubberly sport coat [above, center], meanwhile, originally derived from the tweedy, robust coats worn while assisting in the untimely end of feathered or furry creatures. After that, the sport coat is often made of more casual fabrics than a suit jacket, and sometimes a sport coat has a looser, more casual fit. Whatever you call it, be sure to buy one that fits you. For more information about how to choose a blazer or a sport coat, read our Men’s Blazer Buying Guide.