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Sports Coats & Blazers: A Versatile Staple

Sports coats and blazers transcend seasons and can be worn all year long and are suitable for most dress codes. Because of the wide variety of colors, fabrics, and styles available, there is no reason a blazer shouldn’t be your go-to piece year round. In the fall and early spring seasons, a classic cotton-silk blend sports coat is ideal as it provides warmth but also breathes and is not too heavy. In the summer, opt for a linen or unlined cotton blazer as it will be significantly lighter and airier, thus more suitable to warmer temperatures, than the classic lined cotton-blend coat. In the colder winter months, a lined wool blazer or sports coat is most appropriate. In terms of color, you can’t go wrong with Navy or a medium-dark grey- both of these colors are suitable for any season, any occasion. For the spring and summer, it is nice to mix things up and try lighter, cooler colors like salmon, light blue, tan, and ivory.

Here are a few great sports coats from one of my favorite American designers, Billy Reid:

Spring/Summer:

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Fall/Winter:

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Material-isms

When buying something for your wardrobe, the material, or fabric, is just as important, if not more important than the design of the item. The rule-of-thumb here is to always check the tag for 100%, or pure, fabrics.

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Shirts: 100% Cotton

Ties: 100% Wool or 100% Silk

Belts: 100% Leather

Shoes:

  • Business Casual: 100% Suede or 100% (Genuine) Leather
  • Dress: 100% Leather

Sports Coats/ Blazers :

  • 100% Wool: Slightly heavier, structured, classic

-Wool/Cashmere Blend (The only acceptable blend): rich, elegant

  • 100% Suede: Can be more casual, or more hip/trendy
  • 100% Cotton Twill: Softer, more relaxed
  • 100% Linen: Cooler fabric, country-club-esque

Suit Coats: 100% wool or 100% Linen

A pure, 100% fabric choice is going to translate to a higher price tag, but with that comes higher quality. You are paying for something that is going to last, while maintaining its comfort and structure.

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