5 Quick Tips on Men's Blazers and Sportcoats

Fashion Tips and Guides

Blazers and/or sport coats are fantastic additions to a man's wardrobe. These highly versatile items can be used to both dress-up and dress-down outfits and can be used to up your fashion game in a variety of situations. Check out our quick tips below to learn how to wear and care for your coats.

1. Not every suit jacket is a sportcoat

As we talked about in a previous article, suit jackets are very rarely good substitutes for sportcoats and blazers. That's because suit jackets, with their rigid structure and flat texture, are more formal by nature. Sportcoats and blazers, on the other hand, are usually more textured and less structured, with small details (e.g., buttons) that stand out against the clothing's fabric.

If a suit jacket has some of these qualities, like a textured weave or a bold pattern, it could be worn as a passable sportcoat or blazer - but otherwise it would be best to spring for the genuine article.

2. Make sure to remove labels and white threads

There are a few things you should check for when you bring your new coat home:

  • Are there white threads along the shoulder of your coat? Remove them.
  • Remove the threads sealing your coat's vent (often seen as a white "x").
  • Remove labels from your coat's sleeve. These are usually on the end of the sleeve, where your wrist would be.

Be careful when snipping these threads and pulling them out, lest you damage the fabric around them.

3. Never button up the bottom button

In 2017, you're most likely buying a single breasted, two button coat - only fasten the top button and never fasten the bottom button.

If you've purchased a three button blazer (which is sometimes recommended for taller men), always fasten the middle button and never fasten the bottom button. The top button is optional and gives you a more formal, buttoned up (ha!) appearance.

Why this seemingly arbitrary vendetta against the bottom button? Fastening the bottom button pinches the jacket at the bottom, which is very unflattering for most men. So if you don't want to look like a grown man that squeezed himself into a child's blazer, maybe let the bottom of your coat flair out a bit.

4. Only hang your coat using a good coat hanger

Chances are, your coat spends far more time in the closet than it does on your shoulders. So it's important to use a good coat hanger that will help the clothing keep its shape. If you go into any clothier, you'll notice that the coats are always hung from those wide, rounded hangers - they do this for the same reason.

The hanger that your jacket came with is probably sufficient, but if you need a replacement you can easily purchase one online. Just make sure that the hanger has wide, rounded edges, especially at its ends.

5. It's okay to mix colors

A lot of men feel like their pants and blazer need to match in color. As we've discussed before, this is true for suit jackets but not so much for blazers and sportcoats. Just like with casual wear (e.g., a white t-shirt with blue jeans), contrasting colors can look great for business casual occasions.

So feel free to mix colors when you're wearing a blazer or sportcoat. Just make sure you're not wearing anything too bright or loud for the occassion.

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About James Royce Threadgill

Founder of UbiquiTools LLC. Coder/creator of REALToDo real estate CRM. Chemical engineer that previously worked in gene therapy and green plastics before founding UbiquiTools.