It can be intimidating, but the sport coat is really just another piece of clothing with the same properties as any other garment—fit, material, color, and wearability.
First, the fit and style
It should be snug on the shoulders and slim all throughout your body. For a more relaxed feel—which is really what you’re going for—choose a sport coat with minimal to no padding.
Next, the fabrics
Warm weather calls for lighter stuff such as cotton and linen, but in colder months, feel free to experiment with corduroy, suede, or lightweight wool. An interesting weave like herringbone gets you in the texture game.
Now, the colors
Begin your relationship with the sport coat in staple tones like gray, navy, and khaki. When you get a little more comfortable, move to more saturated hues: lighter and brighter tones for spring and summer (cream, dusty blue) and darker shades for fall and winter (olive, chocolate brown).
And, one more note
Once you have your sport coat on, forget about it. Just feel good in it. Here, four ways to wear the sport coat.
1| With a T-shirt
Ignore the dressed-up connotation of the sport coat and treat it as you would a more casual jacket. Wear it over a T-shirt. You can keep the T-shirt simple or try something graphic. Both works. Just choose a sleek blazer in a dark hue for a versatile look that can go from day to night.
Navy jacket by Raf Simons, T-shirt by Marni, trousers by Acne, sneakers by Maison Kitsune, and tie pin by Lanvin at Homme et Femme
2| With a Sweater
It’s sweater weather, which is the perfect opportunity to add texture to clothes. Play up visual interest by layering tactile materials. Here, a blazer in herringbone weave plus a sweater with chunky loops.
Sport coat by Massimo Dutti; sweater by Undercover, trousers by Acne, brogues by Thom Browne, and sunglasses by Dries Van Noten at Homme et Femme
3| With a Button-down
Dark blazer and light button-down—that’s a classic pairing you’ve been doing for ages. Step up your sport coat game with pattern and texture. Do a gingham shirt in this season’s rich colors and then, pick a navy blazer, made a little serious by a coarse weave, for a look that's both rugged and refined.
Sport coat and shirt by Massimo Dutti; shoes by Cole Haan
4| With a Dress Shirt
What’s life without danger? Reach for a coat in a hue you don’t usually wear like olive or coffee. Shake things up a bit more with a tricky shirt-and-tie combo. Stripes and checks? Yes. The trick? Make one print louder than the other.
Sport coat, shirt, tie, trousers, and boots by Massimo Dutti