The Only Two Sports Jackets a Man Really Needs

by Gary Korb

“Clothes make the man,” so the saying goes, and it's true.  When you look good, you feel good. You convey an air of confidence and success that women find attractive. If you work at a job that doesn't require a jacket & tie, a lot of guys might envy you, since most men, at least those with so-called "white collar" jobs, are required to dress-up Monday through Friday. Suffice it to say, most jobs call for a "uniform" of some kind. Whether you're a construction worker, a police officer, a chef, or the CFO of an international banking firm, like it or not, we are generally defined by our appearance. When you meet someone for the first time, what you're wearing resonates big-time with their initial impression.

 

The fact of the matter is, at some point in your life – be it at a business meeting, a family affair, a date,  dinner at a 4-star restaurant, etc. –  you're going to have to wear at least a sport coat or blazer.  Whatever the reason or occasion is for wearing a sport jacket, there are two you absolutely should have hanging in your closet: a two-button navy blazer, and a grey tweed sport coat. Both are classic, which means they go with just about anything, anytime, anywhere.

 

The navy blazer is the most versatile because you can wear it with a silk tie and chinos, or a faded pair of jeans. The grey tweed is generally a little more casual; good for weekends, countryside drives, cocktail parties, or just plain old hanging out. It's also suitable for wearing with jeans and casual slacks. Go with a lightweight tweed; it's more practical, especially during the warmer summer months.

 

One of the most important things when it comes to buying a sport coat, or any attire for that matter is, buy the finest-tailored clothing. It's usually more expensive, but well-made clothing not only fits better, it lasts longer. Since the navy blazer and grey tweed jacket are timeless, you might as well splurge and buy the best. It will pay for itself over time. Plus, unless you find a perfect fit off the rack, the jackets will be tailored to your physique.

 

You don't have to shop at Brooks Brothers or Saks Fifth Avenue either. Smaller boutique shops can be almost as expensive, but offer more personalized service. Besides, there's always a sale going on. Popular men's shops like Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse frequently offer freebies with purchases, so you might get a two-for-one deal and really save.