Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sport Coat vs. Suit Jacket

Q: “This is something that’s always confused me… What’s the difference between a sport coat and a suit jacket? Oh and by the way, how do I get a tailored suit from your shop?”
- Jonathan, New Manila

A: The main difference is that suit jackets come with matching pants while a sport coats (or blazers) are designed and created to be worn independently. I can understand your confusion because a lot of designers’ men’s lines are showcasing “suit separates” to improve the versatility and wearability of their couture. Dark colored, two-button, single-breasted suit jackets (e.g. navy blue or black) are safe to wear as a blazer paired with jeans. I’d be more careful with mismatching pin-striped suits; in fact, it’s best not to. Other suit jackets that can be passed off as sport coats are those made of corduroy, plaid and tweeds. When an office dress code says “sport coat”, that just means you don’t have to wear a suit with matching jacket and pants. E-mail me and let’s talk about making a suit for you.

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