This is a primer for which jacket to pick up before you hit the town. It’s not an end all be all guide, but it is a start. Buckle up, prepare to have your mind blown; or at least look a little better.
Listen: if the jacket has more than two buttons, put it back. These are generally suit jackets that belong in the boardroom, not out and about. Go for a blazer instead. All guys need at least one blazer – not a suit separate, a blazer. The blazer is shorter, and generally more tightly tailored than the suit. The back of the jacket should be nowhere near the bottom of your buttocks unless Lunch and P.E. are still listed on your class schedule. Graduate to the men’s section.
On to the details, starting with lapels. The classic notch lapel is safe, but make sure the lapels themselves aren’t in the huge classic suit style. That style is meant to match up to a big windsor knot and a similar collar – slim it up again to match your new fitted t-shirt (which you bought because of my last post) or a casual button up (more on the button up later. It deserves it’s own anthology). Other options are the peak and shawl lapels. Peak works best on taller/slender guys who can match up to their height, while shawl works on just about anyone with the confidence to wear one half of a tuxedo in a casual setting. To be clear – very very clear – it should not fit like a tuxedo, it’s just going to look like one… sort of. Check the slide show of my last post for an example of a shawl collar – for those not yet familiar with Google.
The last thing to look for is color and texture. This is going to be personal preference more than anything else, because as long as it meets the above requirements the jacket is going to be workable. For a more refined look stick with the classic colors like black, gray, and navy but try to add swag with texture in the fabrics: satin, tweed, and leather are all valid. Velvet is making a massive comeback in menswear as well, so pull that out when it’s time to really make a statement. Nothing wrong with color, but it’s not summer yet; so if the color is easily identified by it’s Crayola namesake or corresponding tropical fruit, back off for at least a couple months.
Lastly – again – no dragons, skulls or rhinestones. Ridiculous. Cheap. Bedazzled. Ew.
More ideas on how to put together an outfit once you have your blazer here: http://www.gq.com/style/wear-it-now/200802/blazers-slideshow#slide=1. The post is a bit old, but classic rules don’t change.
Keep your game tight.