Q and Answer: A Striped Jacket with Odd Trousers?
Adam asks: In one of my best thrifting trips yet, I snagged a Brooks Brothers Golden  Fleece suit jacket for just a couple of dollars. It’s wool, navy with  thin charcoal stripes, single breast with 3-roll-2 buttons, and fits me  like a glove. The only problem is that I wasn’t able to find the pants  to go with it. I was hoping that you guys could advise me on how best to  wear odd jackets like this. Should I try to find some pants to match,  or just avoid that altogether and wear it like a sport coat?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Adam, but this was not one of your best thrifting trips yet.
Outside of bold blazer stripes, which are almost never seen in the United States, a striped jacket is part of a suit. A business suit, specifically.
If you’re particularly cool, the fabric isn’t too formal, you’re in Italy, and everything else is going your way, you might be able to pair a suit jacket like this with dark jeans. Be advised, though, that this is a sartorial power move. Ralph Lauren can do this, but I’m not so sure you can.
As far as looking for the matching trousers… the time to do that was when you bought the jacket. Thrift stores often separate suits, so the pants to a suit coat can be located, I’d say, three out of ten times. (Often a suit coat is donated when the pants wear out.) Post-facto, though, your chances of finding a match are slim to none.
If you’re not sure, in future, what kind of jacket you’ve got in your hand, try reading our article on the difference between a blazer, suit jacket and sport coat.

Q and Answer: A Striped Jacket with Odd Trousers?

Adam asks: In one of my best thrifting trips yet, I snagged a Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece suit jacket for just a couple of dollars. It’s wool, navy with thin charcoal stripes, single breast with 3-roll-2 buttons, and fits me like a glove. The only problem is that I wasn’t able to find the pants to go with it. I was hoping that you guys could advise me on how best to wear odd jackets like this. Should I try to find some pants to match, or just avoid that altogether and wear it like a sport coat?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Adam, but this was not one of your best thrifting trips yet.

Outside of bold blazer stripes, which are almost never seen in the United States, a striped jacket is part of a suit. A business suit, specifically.

If you’re particularly cool, the fabric isn’t too formal, you’re in Italy, and everything else is going your way, you might be able to pair a suit jacket like this with dark jeans. Be advised, though, that this is a sartorial power move. Ralph Lauren can do this, but I’m not so sure you can.

As far as looking for the matching trousers… the time to do that was when you bought the jacket. Thrift stores often separate suits, so the pants to a suit coat can be located, I’d say, three out of ten times. (Often a suit coat is donated when the pants wear out.) Post-facto, though, your chances of finding a match are slim to none.

If you’re not sure, in future, what kind of jacket you’ve got in your hand, try reading our article on the difference between a blazer, suit jacket and sport coat.

Brooks Brothers “Friends and Family” sale starts in just two weeks, on May 5th. It’s unclear what the discounts will be, but you should expect them to range between 25% and 40%. If you open a Brooks Brothers corporate card, you’ll also get an additional 15% discount. Thus, there will be some good deals to be had. 

In searching for items for myself, I thought I’d write a bit about some items you might also want to consider. In addition to these linen shirts I covered last week, they also have other summer staples, such as a mariner striped sweater, cotton blazer, and some slim fit chinos. I also really like these glen plaid trousers, their pink OCBD, and this Gregory trench coat

I think chukka boots make for great year round wear, but I especially like them in the summer and fall seasons. Brooks has some that are a bit less blobby looking than Clarks desert boots, and I think at steep discount, they’re quite a steal. You can get them in calf leather, suede, or canvas

Lastly, I recommend taking a look at some of their accessories. This leather watchband is quite handsome, as is their engined-turned tie bar and plaid umbrellas. I also think every man should have an engine turned slide buckle. My father gave me his, and it has his initials engraved on it; it’s one of the nicest things you can pass on. They also have some of the best summer belts - a braidedsurcingle, and woven-surcingle. I have the braided one and couldn’t be happier with it. 

Stop by a Brooks when you have time and see if anything strikes your fancy. If you do find something, ask a sales associate if they’ll hold it for you until the sale starts. I’ve had reasonably good luck with that strategy, and it’s a great way to make sure you get the items you want, at a price that’s affordable. 

Summer is approaching, and if you’ve been paying attention to menswear for more than a year, you know every menswear magazine and blog is about to run the same threadbare advice - wear seersucker and cotton suits, and utilize linen when you can, in order to manage the heat. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll cover the same topics, but let’s start with a little advanced placement menswear. Many of you already know the basic summer fabrics, but what else is available? 

Well, for suits, I recommend fresco - a wool fabric specifically designed for summer wear in the hottest climates. The fabric is woven in an open, porous weave, which allows your skin to more easily breathe and take advantage of every breeze that comes through. The fabric isn’t fragile either; the yarn is made with a high twist in order to give it the tensile strength it needs to compensate for the fabric’s open weave. The result is a high-grade, cool, crisp fabric that looks just like any other worsted wool from a distance. It’s a great way keep cool in the summer, but not compromise your elegance by resorting to cotton, linen, or seersucker for your suiting. 

Similarly, you don’t have to just rely on cotton or linen pants in the summer. Try tropical weight wools, otherwise known as lightweight wools (of which fresco is considered one). These work much better for trousers than cotton because they’re, again, woven in a more open weave and allow your skin to breathe. They also help wick away sweat, bringing them away from your skin and towards the surface of the wool, where it can evaporate. Cotton, on the other hand, just absorbs sweat, which cuts down on air exchange. It also wrinkles a lot more than lightweight wool, which makes it look terrible, especially on hot days. It may seem counter intuitive to wear wool pants in the summer, but if you get the right weight and weave, it’s actually your smartest bet.

For shirts, aim for the same open weaving. Here I recommend voile, a cool, almost gauzy, cotton fabric. The problem with many types of voile, however, is that they can be a bit sheer. In fact, the name derives from French and means “veil.” Many aren’t fit for the modest man, but if you get one in a textured surface, and in a color like blue or ecru, it’s much more opaque and wearable. Alternatively, you can also opt for madras, an East Indian fabric that has a lightweight, airy quality. The patterns can be bit loud, but that’s kind of the charm. True madras is a bit hard to find nowadays, but I did a round up of madras shirts a while ago, so you can read through this post to see some of your options. 

Linen and seersucker are great, but there’s an entire world of fabrics out there that is under explored. Know what’s available to you and you’ll have a much more unique wardrobe this summer than your standard cotton jacket, chinos, and polo uniform (though there’s nothing wrong with that, either). 

It’s On eBay
Ten-Piece Holland & Sherry Blazer Button Set
One of the most impactful and reasonably-priced aesthetic alterations you can make to a blazer is button replacement. I have a blazer with traditional brass buttons, but it’s easy for brass too look, well, country-club-ish. Replacing gold buttons with something more distinctive, like the ones above, or with mother of pearl (in white, bronze or black) or bone (in white or brown) can make a big difference.
I recently acquired two coats - one a Chester Barrie double-breasted with spectacularly homely metal buttons, the other a Kiton suit jacket with dark plastic buttons. I hopped over to Hwa Seng Textile, and ordered white bone buttons for one and black mother of pearl for the other. Silver-colored metal is also an option, but as long as you don’t go with black or navy (which will look like an orphaned suit coat), the world is your oyster.
A tailor will typically charge about a dollar per button to attach whatever you bring him.
Starts at $24.99, ends Friday, April 8th

It’s On eBay

Ten-Piece Holland & Sherry Blazer Button Set

One of the most impactful and reasonably-priced aesthetic alterations you can make to a blazer is button replacement. I have a blazer with traditional brass buttons, but it’s easy for brass too look, well, country-club-ish. Replacing gold buttons with something more distinctive, like the ones above, or with mother of pearl (in white, bronze or black) or bone (in white or brown) can make a big difference.

I recently acquired two coats - one a Chester Barrie double-breasted with spectacularly homely metal buttons, the other a Kiton suit jacket with dark plastic buttons. I hopped over to Hwa Seng Textile, and ordered white bone buttons for one and black mother of pearl for the other. Silver-colored metal is also an option, but as long as you don’t go with black or navy (which will look like an orphaned suit coat), the world is your oyster.

A tailor will typically charge about a dollar per button to attach whatever you bring him.

Starts at $24.99, ends Friday, April 8th

howtotalktogirlsatparties:

Heroes. Icons. Legends.
#kingshit

Mint Julep action.
(This has been part of our Andre Benjamin mandatory re-blog program.)

howtotalktogirlsatparties:

Heroes. Icons. Legends.

#kingshit

Mint Julep action.

(This has been part of our Andre Benjamin mandatory re-blog program.)

Finally, the perfect garment for those who will be attending the upcoming regatta and rooting for the Houston Astros.

Love this jacket from the Spring-Summer 2011 Gap collection.  This type of simple, cotton tailored piece is a great way to turn a casual outfit into something that looks put-together.
(photo via GQ Eye)

Love this jacket from the Spring-Summer 2011 Gap collection.  This type of simple, cotton tailored piece is a great way to turn a casual outfit into something that looks put-together.

(photo via GQ Eye)

siwanoy:

For some, double breasted jackets never went out of style……Prince Michael of Kent.

Michael: Prince of Kent, King of Beards.

siwanoy:

For some, double breasted jackets never went out of style……Prince Michael of Kent.

Michael: Prince of Kent, King of Beards.

(via da-i-net)

As long as we’re doing camo uniforms, how about this camo blazer for the Henley Royal Regatta by a member of the Royal Combined Services crew team?
(thanks, Ryan)

As long as we’re doing camo uniforms, how about this camo blazer for the Henley Royal Regatta by a member of the Royal Combined Services crew team?

(thanks, Ryan)

The greatest receiver ever, Jerry Rice, honored at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.  Looking very appropriately dressed in a 49ers red blazer (with crest).  A sporting man in sporting garb.  Thanks, Jerry!

The greatest receiver ever, Jerry Rice, honored at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.  Looking very appropriately dressed in a 49ers red blazer (with crest).  A sporting man in sporting garb.  Thanks, Jerry!