Does your guy have a Sport Coat? Mike, up until very recently, did not. He had suit jackets, but for some reason whenever he tried to pair them with jeans, it looked...off.
Which is why, on date nights, he either looked ready for work or ready for the weekend. Not really ready for a night on the town with someone fabulous. (Me, in case you didn't catch that. I'm the, uh, someone fabulous.)
I asked my brother, one of the sharpest-dressed guys I know, how to find a good sports coat. "Sometimes you can use a suit coat" he said. "But you have to be careful...it doesn't always work out." Uh, OK. "Just find one that does" says the man for whom guy style is effortless.
According to The Art of Manliness, a Sports Coat (they call it a Sports Jacket), "can be made from wools and cottons of various weights and weaves". Yes. I realize that this describes virtually all suits. However!! They also show a picture of appropriate fabrics, and almost all of the fabrics shown are thicker than typical suit fabrics.
OK. So that's what I went with: winter sports coats = thicker wool.
Lastly, I also wanted to find a really slim, modern cut. Not button-popping slim....just....fitted. In that slightly hipster modern way.
So I ordered a bunch at varying price points and told Mike he could keep one, on the condition that he model them all for the blog. Sigh. That he did, Mamas. THAT HE DID.
The One That Was Too Boxy
Ok - most of the jackets shown are the same size: 40R, or the equivalent. But this one perfectly illustrates the fit I was trying to avoid:
[wearing: BOSS Orange Biron Herringbone Blazer]
It's not bad, but it's veering into old-man territory. Let's take a closer look.
It's fitted through the shoulders, but roomy through the chest and boxy at the waist. NOPE.
The Expensive One We Liked
This is exactly what I was looking for. This sport coat is also by Hugo Boss, but it is a much slimmer cut than the one above (yet is the exact same size). This one is fitted through the shoulders and chest, slim through the waist, and that plaid. LOVE. Funny how Mike turned my cost-per-wear (CPW) argument against me...
Look for the words "contemporary fit", "trim fit" or "extra trim fit", depending on the retailer and brand. (And keep an eye on Bloomingdales. They have killer sales - this one was $200 off - but sold out quickly.)
The One With No Arm Waving
Excited by our "extra trim fit" find, we thought that maybe we should go...smaller? Try a smaller size?
A man should be able to hail a cab. Nuff said.
The One That Is Confusing
This sport coat is from Zara, and comes with an attached zipper-front, uh, thingy.
"Babe. Do I zip it? Nevermind."
I finish fiddling with the camera, then look up. BAM
Oh good. Zoolander is here.
"Ok" he says, rolling his shoulders around. Mike is Warming. Up. "One more with the jacket open. Hang on..." and walks out of the room.
"Mike? Where are you going?"
He returns, smirking. "You ready?" he says.
Oh for cripes sake.
I love Raines' head in the corner of this pic. R was all, "Dad, can I have my gun back now?"
After R disarmed his father, I turned back to Mike. "But do you like this one?" I ask. Mike blinks, as if surprised by the question. "Oh. Uh..." he looks in the mirror. "Hunh" he says. "I do."
[wearing: Zara Herringbone Blazer With Nylon Detailing]
It's different, but I think I like it, too. Not a bad choice for winter date night or holiday parties.
The Cheap and Easy Win
The last one is under $100, and from H&M. I had low expectations, primarily because the H&M models are so oddly buff. I expected a triangle-shaped jacket.
Thankfully, Mike is also so oddly buff.
But I actually really like this one. The fabric is obviously cheaper, but the cut is pretty perfect.
[wearing: H&M Herringbone Blazer]
The guy isn't so bad, either. He's a really, really good sport.
Would love to know if your men have found some awesome slim-fit sport coats...