January 20, 2014

Style Feature: The Uncommon Jacket

Not all sport jackets are created equal and every so often, amid the sea of navy, grey, and black two-button notch lapel jackets you will run across a piece that is a little more interesting. Unique details, even simple ones, can really set your outfit apart and it is those details that constitute what I call an uncommon jacket.

1. Color

A colored jacket is something that should be worn judiciously. Simply being a non-basic color means that you will be making a statement with it, so balancing the rest of your outfit in neutral colors is an easy way to make sure you don’t look like you’re wearing a costume. The patch pockets on this jacket also add that extra detail to help it stand out.

Extra Tip : Despite appearing solid purple, this jacket is actually a purple and grey herringbone which keeps it from being too much of one color and makes it easier to pair with a neutral base.

Jacket by Scott James; Trousers by Express Studio;
Sweater by Nautica; Shirt by Uniqlo;
Shoes by Johnston & Murphy; Tie by Penguin;
Pocket square by Giorgio Armani;
Gloves (in pocket) by French Connection

2. Collar

Sometimes even a simple grey jacket can prove itself uncommon with the right touches. In this instance, the shawl collar makes the jacket a little unique but the knit lapel is what really sets it apart. The slightly higher 3-button stance adds a bit of English flair without feeling dated and the contrast stitching on the buttons give a little pop without being ostentatious.

Extra Tip : An added benefit to having a shawl collar is that you can pop it in place of a scarf if the wind unexpectedly picks up.

Jacket by Ted Baker; Cord pants by Gant Rugger; Shirt
by Uniqlo; Boots by AllSaints; Tie by Band of Outsiders;
Belt by Nautica; Gloves by French Connection;
Pocket square by Ted Baker (part of pocket lining)

3. Silhouette

Most modern jackets you will find are two or three button with a low stance. What I like about this one is the almost Edwardian silhouette. The self-covered buttons, hidden placket, contrast collar, and ticket pocket all serve to make this more than your run-of-the-mill blazer, despite its rather subdued pattern.

Extra Tip : Though you may have to pay more for an abundance of detail, it usually translates into a better quality piece since the designer invested the time in adding them in.

Jacket and tie by Alexander McQueen; Trousers and
boots by John Varvatos; Vest by J. Crew; Shirt and
belt by Ted Baker; Pocket square by Burberry

Pushing the boundaries of your personal style doesn’t need to consist of a drastic change or require you to step outside of your comfort zone. Introducing unique details into your tailored garments lets you stand out from the everyday and express a little more of your own personal style, while still feeling appropriate for whatever occasion you may be dressing for.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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