Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What Women Want Part III: Here Comes the Rain Again Guys!

Windbreakers and denim jackets aren't the only sort of jackets you can wear during rainy or chilly days. There's plenty of choices out there!

For the athletic types, how about a sporty retro style jacket, such as from D Squared?

Now, for the cool, laidback kind of guy, I suggest an army uniform inspired jacket from Etro...

I know that for the man about town, nothing evokes quiet sophistication the way Armani does:

But if you're a hardcore prepster, Paul Smith's sportcoats just stand out from the rest!

Now for those who really want to get picked out from the crowd, nothing cuts it like a red jacket such as this one from Moschino!

Before I end this post, here's a tutorial on the difference between a sportcoat and a suitjacket, as shared by a knowledgeable reader of this blog. Very informative! This is too good to be kept in the comments section!

"...the differences between a suit (or what the classicists label a "lounge suit") and an sport/odd jacket/odd trouser ensemble would primarily be the context in which either is worn. A lounge suit would be more appropriate for business settings while an odd jacket/trouser ensemble would be more suitable (no pun intended) for a more casual environment. Moreover, lounge suit jacket material would usually consist of worsted or woolen cloth (wool or cotton) in solids and stripes (of all kinds) while odd jacket materials would involve (as you had written) either tweeds (of all types) and heavier worsteds/woolens (in perhaps either hopsack or serge finish) for fall/winter or linens and cottons for spring/summer. Seersucker, at least traditionally I believe, is ususally suiting material but I myself see nothing wrong in using it as odd jacket material. Also, in keeping with its more casual feel, a sportcoat would usually have patch pockets (instead of flapped or wedged pockets) and, if you're a traditionalist, two instead of four sleeve buttons. Other features--such as lapels (peaked or notched), vents (side, center or none) or single or double breasted--I don't believe to be exclusive to either. (The leather elbow patches seem to me, at least, to be a bit contrived, as the real purpose of patches is to cover wear on a worn jacket in the face of a lack of the same jacket material). So it's a matter of context, material and make."

(Photos courtesy of GQ Style.com)

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