3 Classic Menswear Pieces | How to distinguish?
Posted on August 28 2018
Hello, this is Carrie, the blogger of Cloudstyle.
Today, I want to share some knowledge with you: How to distinguish the Sport Jacket, the Blazer Jacket, and the Suit Jacket?
Do you know the differences between them?
Many of men may not clearly know the key difference. They’re confusing the terminology, confusing the words, and in many cases, they see clothing being made which is kind of a hybrid between them.
Following, I’ll talk about each of them from 3 aspects: the fit, the fabric, and the function.
This is a general and useful guideline when you purchase the jacket. You will be able to make a smart, informed decision and make sure that you purchase the right jacket. What’s the important is that you wear the right jacket for the right occasions.
Fit - a closer fit
Fabric - solid
Function - the most formal
Definition: a jacket that is made with basically a matching pair of trousers.
What does the “matching” mean here?
It means that the jacket and trousers are made from the exact same fabric comes from same raw. The fabric is right next to each other if they’re cut.
If you try to match a pair of black trousers or a black jacket, you may find that they actually don’t match up. Sometimes, there is a difference in the weave. Other times, if you wear one more than the other, they would start to fade, so this is one of the reasons that I recommend not to wear suit jacket as a blazer or sports jacket.
In men’s style, generally the most formal items are going to be the simplest.
You’re not going to see any fancy pockets and you probably should avoid in your first few suits fancy patterns, stripes, checks.
A suit jacket is made to fit a bit slimmer and should fit you slimmer.
But most men purchase suit jackets, which are too big, but a suit jacket is not really made to be layered with clothing underneath.
Fit - slightly looser fit
Fabric - navy blue
Function - a step below the suit
Blazer jacket is hybrid and the formality is between a suit jacket and a sports jacket.
It’s more formal than a sports jacket, but it’s not a suit jacket. Because it’s not made with a matching pair of trousers
Blazer jacket is going to be a little bit looser and not be structured. Not like suit jackets that have more structure in the shoulders. However, blazers, sometimes you may see structure and other times you may see a bit looser of a build.
Anytime like sports events, weekend events, and parties that a suit jacket is not appreciate, but you still want to dress it to with a blazer.
You may see linen mixed in sometimes, but navy blue is going to be the most of color there. In addition, you may see red, green and so on, but those are really rare.
Fit - loose enough to layer
Fabric - ticket pocket
Function - the most casual
It’s the sporting man’s jacket. You can layer with the sports jacket
What’s really nice about this is that you can actually wear a sweater underneath. It’s a little bit looser than some of the suit jackets, and that’s the cool thing about a sports jacket.
It’s actually made to be worn out, to be a bit more rugged. You may not see that as much nowadays, but it goes into a style and function of jacket.
On the back of the jacket, sometimes there’re some pleats, ticket pocket or arm patches, which is more for show not for a purpose.
Sports lapel can close up the jacket to protect upon chest and neck area.
Recommend: get a sport jacket after you get a suit, then get a blazer.