Sportcoat Alternatives

This entry was posted on November 27, 2012 under Dressing Guidelines. Written by:



Sportcoats are great for their versatility: With a full kit (tie, pocket square, even a hat and boutonniere) they’re almost as formal as a suit and arguably even more stylish. But they also look better than a suit when worn with a shirt but no tie, and also work great with casual attire, such as jeans or chinos and a sweater.

But while we love our sportcoats, we also think your wardrobe can benefit from casual jackets that combine tailored and outerwear elements. We like to think of these as sportcoat alternatives, and they do the double duty of also providing versatility but with added flair.

There’s no better example than our belted Norfolk jacket, which takes its name from the Duke of Norfolk and was originally worn by English gentlemen for sporting activities such as golf or hunting. Ours pays tribute to the jacket’s country gent roots with a blend of form and function. The belt keeps the jacket in place during strenuous activities such as riding, or just raising a toast with friends, while the button flap pockets keep shotgun shells, golf tees, or maybe just a smart phone, nice and secure.

Our Pure Lambswool Field Jacket is another rugged outdoor jacket that has enough tailoring details to throw over a cashmere sweater and look right at home. It also takes its inspiration from English country clothing with its herringbone texture and suede-finish details on sleeve, collar and throat latch. Our Suede Trim Field Jacket ups the ante with bold two-tone styling.

Finally, some of our chunky and distinctive sweaters can also work as sportcoat alternatives, having enough style to pair with a necktie. Our double-breasted cardigans are a perfect example, as are our Color Block and Pure Cotton Cable cardigans.



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