March 3, 2013

Favorite Finds: John Varvatos Pinstripe Jacket

The lack of space in my closet can attest to the fact that I have a bit of a sport jacket obsession. John Varvatos’ Pinstripe Jacket is such an eye-catching piece that it is hard not to take notice. Keep in mind though, as the description on the website states, “this is not made for the introverted.” As has been the case with the John Varvatos collection recently, this jacket evokes aspects of various periods of menswear history while still feeling modern.

The sizing is European, so I tried on a 50 (which is a US 40) and the fit was incredible. It hit perfectly on my shoulders but then nipped in pretty tight at the waist thanks to the darts. This is definitely a slim fitting jacket, but it looks impeccable.

What initially caught my eye was the high contrast black and white striping. Though they call it a pinstripe, it is actually more of a candy stripe as the stripes are about 1/8” wide. The white is so crisp that it makes the contrast with the black even more striking (it also means that it is difficult to stare at for long periods of time). What makes it particularly interesting is the pattern in the weave of the stripe.

This jacket is loaded with interesting ‘parade ground’ details, not the least of which are the eleven antiqued buttons. John Varvatos does this a lot and I love it every time. It gives the jacket such a unique appearance and gives you a lot of options when it comes to how much to button it up.

Another great detail is the contrast trim on the pockets and under the collar (which seems like it is intended to be worn popped).

The jacket is made in Italy of 100% cotton and half-lined for a soft look and feel. The price is way up there, $1198, but I can’t say that it isn’t worth it. The quality construction and striking look makes this jacket the ultimate statement piece. If I had $1200 to drop on a sport jacket, I would buy this jacket without hesitation.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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