27
Jun
Sid Mashburn gun-check jacket — The red and blue guncheck jacket was an obsession of mine a year ago when Brooks Brothers had one. I thought the feeling had passed and then Sid Mashburn goes and releases theirs. 

Sid Mashburn gun-check jacket — The red and blue guncheck jacket was an obsession of mine a year ago when Brooks Brothers had one. I thought the feeling had passed and then Sid Mashburn goes and releases theirs. 

28
May

Seersucker suit roundup

Memorial Day marks the beginning of two well-known sartorial traditions: wearing white and wearing seersucker. While many would say to disregard using the days of the calendar to decide what you should wear and when, you can’t really disregard the common sense (or appeal) of wearing seersucker during the warm and sunny months. 

I won’t try to convince you that owning a seersucker suit is a staple in your wardrobe, because odds are fairly good you won’t have too many occassions to wear it. I will say, however, it’s pretty easy to split up the suit and wear the items separately. And, best of all, there are a bunch of brands offering seersucker suits as separates, so you can just pick up a jacket, which I think is more versatile of the two. 

You can pair the jacket with almost anything and it’s perfect for casual weekend days. I’ve worn a seersucker jacket with jeans, chinos of all colors and grey linen trousers. I find it’s a good jacket to have in your summer wardrobe. 

Here’s a roundup of all the seersucker jackets I could find sold separately from their trousers. Many of them are still on sale today, so now might be the best time to get one until after the summer’s over. 

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Lands’ End (Tailored fit)

J.Crew (Ludlow fit)

J.Crew

Brooks Brothers (Cambridge fit)

Brooks Brothers (Fitzgerald fit)

Brooks Brothers (Fitzgerald fit)

Brooks Brothers (Fitzgerald fit)

Brooks Brothers (Milano fit)

Rugby

Rugby

J.Press

J.Press

Polo Ralph Lauren

Tommy Hilfiger

Haspel

Riviera Club

GANT by Michael Bastian

Isaia

23
Apr
29
Feb
08
Jan

Can a light grey sportcoat be worn casually with raw denim?

- Asked by Anonymous

I hope so, because that’s what I wore tonight with a pink OCBD and Argyle & Sutherland repp stripe necktie. 

But, seriously, grey jacket and denim is basically a reverse play on the navy jacket and grey trousers. It’ll work. Just wear it!

09
Dec
Pendleton blackwatch wool sportcoat — Size 38R, only $65 shipped on StyleForum Buy & Sell.

Pendleton blackwatch wool sportcoat — Size 38R, only $65 shipped on StyleForum Buy & Sell.

08
Sep

What's the quickest way to take my style to the next level? I've got the basics down, but I'm severely lacking in jackets, knitwear and shirts. Any suggestions on the essentials to round this area of my wardrobe out?

- Asked by Anonymous

Kind of depends what your personal style is, but experimenting and trying stuff out might be the only way to discover it.

Here’s some stuff I’d look into:

Jackets: I think seasonal fabrics are a good way to go — but pay real close attention to the details and decide what you want (or what you want a tailor to add). For the colder seasons, I was really into tweeds last year. You could easily have suede patches added or look for options with a throat latch. And, given tweed’s almost infinite variety of colors and patterns, you can definitely find either a conservative or wild pattern.

This year, I’ve been sniping cashmere jackets on eBay. Feels great and for some reason it’s not being discussed as much right now (maybe because a lot of readily available brands don’t have 100%-cashmere jackets available?). I’ve got three I need to take to the tailor.

As for spring and summer, jackets in madras, linen and seersucker are worth hunting down right now in eBay. I think summer really encourages more outrageous patterns, especially on the weekend. Again, I’d be picky about details.

Knitwear: I’m pretty stuck on chunky knit shawl-collared cardigans. Derek at dieworkwear really likes shaggy-dog sweaters. I also think that a tennis/cricket sweater is pretty neat. Brooks Brothers has a few right now, but they’re also on eBay and Etsy quite frequently. Find a design and color you really like and buy a great one that’ll work with a majority of your wardrobe as a layering piece. That’s the logic I used behind mine and I have zero plans this year to buy more sweaters.

Shirts: Custom-made shirting. I’ve said this before, but I prefer MTM services where you have a tailor measure you in-person instead of submitting your own measurements (either off a shirt or self-measure). Study up and get nerdy about the details you want.

Other: Neckties. Edit your tie collection and build it into something great with quality pieces. This process will probably take years unless you’re filthy rich. I guess this advice could also be given for every element of your wardrobe.

01
Sep

The Blazer by Gant — I’m not sure where these fall in regards to Gant’s various lines, but Yoox has nine blazers and sport coats from Gant for way below what I’d assume these would usually go for at retail. Prices range from $180-$240 with limited sizing (and presumably stock) available. If you see something, then you probably shouldn’t sit on it too long.

01
Aug
31
Jul

What's the difference between suit jackets and sportcoats/blazers from a design standpoint? They look the same to me.

- Asked by Anonymous

I think Put This On gave a fairly comprehensive explanation between the types of suit, sportcoat and blazer jackets.

Some historical context is perhaps helpful. Suits emerged from formalwear and were meant generally to be worn in the context of business or other occasions calling for them. Sportcoats come from a sportswear background, in such activities like hunting and horseback riding.

The sportcoat includes details that make some functional sense. Pockets will have flaps to keep items securely inside (and rain, dirt, snow out). Often, the pockets will be at an angle instead of horizontal to make them easier to reach into while riding. The back will have a single center vent, allowing the coat to sit split over the horse’s back. Sometimes hunting and shooting jackets will have an extra collar tab and throat latch that allows the coat to be buttoned at the neck for warmth.

Of course, these are traditional details that really aren’t modern-day defining elements of a sportcoat, given that designers have borrowed and reappropriated them into suits (and vice versa).

Generally speaking, your sportcoat or blazer won’t have matching pants. They’re made of fabrics that full suits might not ordinarily be made of. They have patterns or colors that often aren’t made into full suits (think: patchword madras, tweeds, etc.). And they’re usually more casual than a suit jacket would be.

31
Jul
This is the one jacket I want from Brooks Brothers’ F/W line that’s out right now.

This is the one jacket I want from Brooks Brothers’ F/W line that’s out right now.

25
Jul
Vintage Lubiam 1911 Prince of Wales check sport coat — If this silk-wool blended jacket was in my size, I’d be all over it. Size 40R, $45. What a steal!
ADDING: If you wanted it, then it’s too late. Like a hawk, theodinspire beat you to it.

Vintage Lubiam 1911 Prince of Wales check sport coat — If this silk-wool blended jacket was in my size, I’d be all over it. Size 40R, $45. What a steal!

ADDING: If you wanted it, then it’s too late. Like a hawk, theodinspire beat you to it.

06
Jun
25
May

Charles Tyrwhitt summer jackets — The past two days I’ve linked to some (mostly) Italian summer jackets in both linen and cotton, however, spiffydave brought to my attention these jackets, which feature partial lining and hacking pockets: 

Charles Tyrwhitt makes an affordable unstructured, unlined, blue cotton sport coat. At $200 it’s pretty affordable. I can’t say anything about the quality (having never handled one myself), but I’ve always been impressed with Charles Tyrwhitt’s goods.

A few of their jackets are unstructured, others aren’t. In addition to cotton, there are also summer tweeds (a cotton, wool, silk, linen blend). The prices range from $200 to $330, which is considerably lower than some of the ones posted over the past few days. Shipping’s about $15 and they offer free returns, which is helpful.

The one thing I’ll note that might concern some of you is the surgeon cuffs on the jackets (ugh, I know), so be sure to check out their size chart. On the upside, they do offer short, regular and long sizing on their jackets.

ADDING: spiffydave with a coupon code, too:

$20 off the order with coupon code STCA ‘till June 5, too. Always gotta do the coupon search.

ADDING 2: Check out downeastandout's fit pic today, he's sporting the unstructured navy jacket.

24
May

Howard Yount summer jackets — As suitsandboots mentioned on my prior post, Howard Yount also has several light jackets for the warmer weather. They certainly look great, however, the downside is that many of the styles have sold out across the board in several sizes.

Don’t fret just yet if you really want to snag one though! According to the Styleforum affiliate thread for Howard Yount, several people ordered multiple jackets in the same size and some of them might end up being returned. Keep an eye on the shop over the next few weeks and see if something pops up.

Also, it’s worth noting that the shop plans to have a winter navy blazer come this fall, so stay on the lookout for that.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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