Tuesday, August 2, 2011

3 Ways to Wear Your Suit Jacket

I love suits. I wear suits to work even though I don't have to, they just put me in a frame of mind that I am ready to work (really it works, I talk about in in this post: Why Dress Above the Dress Code.) However, there are times when wearing a suit to the office sticks out more than others, mainly casual Friday. Even so, I still like to get a lot of use out of my suits. As such, today I'll show you three ways to wear a suit jacket so you can still show off your well tailored wardrobe without looking out of place.

With Jeans: From 9-to-5 to Night Out

A well tailored suit jacket looks great with jeans and it is a great combination for casual Fridays or less formal offices. The trick here is to pair up your wardrobe correctly so it doesn't look like you just grabbed whatever jacket was in reach as you were walking out the door. First, your jeans should be dark and simple. No tears, patches, rhinestones or bedazzling. Also, I would opt for a straight or slim cut over boot-cut. As with any other time, your jacket should be well tailored. The best part of this outfit is that it works for occasions outside of the office as well, so you don't need to stop home before hitting the bar after work.

Jeans and a Suit Jacket | rachaelshaynestyle.blogspot.com

With a Polo: Not Just for the Country Club

Ok this can be hard to pull off, especially if you don't want to look like this. However, it's all about keeping the rest of your outfit as trim and well fitting as your suit should be. I prefer a contrast brightness, whether dark on the suit or the polo, but the guy below pulls off a full dark hue masterfully. Having a great beard certainly doesn't hurt either.
Polo with a Suit | thesartorialist.com

With a Sweater: The Sophisticate

Tie or not, rocking a 3 layer look with your suit jacket is a huge style upgrade for the fall. It works on so many levels and for so many situations. The biggest thing to remember here is to not try and match colors (i.e. do not wear a navy jacket with a navy sweater.) Go for contrast and inject some bold colors into your wardrobe. This yellow sweater below might be a little too bold alone, but with the tweed jacket over it the whole outfit just works.

Sportcoat and Sweater | omiru.com

Thanks for reading.  As always, be dapper.


  1. The 3 photos/jackets you showed aren't really suit jacket, are they? 1st & 3rd look more like a sport jacket and 2nd one looks more like a blazer.

    Do you have example based on a business/formal suit jacket? Or is it not possible to do that and still look dapper?

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  2. I think the line between blazer and suit coat is less defined than most would think, however yes those two would probably be considered blazers.

    I wouldn't mix a tux jacket with jeans, so there is certainly a point at which I don't think the look is appropriate. I probably would not do a bold pinstripe jacket with jeans either, like this here:


    I think a suit jacket that with a subtle pattern or just solid color is a good candidate to mix and match with. Try it out in front of the mirror and decide for yourself whether the pieces seem to work together or whether they clash. Feel free to send me a photo if you'd like my opinion on a particular look: bedapper@gmail.com

  3. There are quiet difference regarding on the style between blazer and coats.

  4. Huge difference between a sports coat, blazer and a suit jacket; time to read up.

  5. i love sport coat, specially the slim fit.

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  7. The Sophisticate! Classic look. Thanks for helping some of my future prospects be dapper!

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