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October 2, 2014

Sport Coats: Stay Comfortable AND Look Good with This Key Layer

When we think about casual Fridays, or better yet, the weekend, sport coats are not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. But this season, they should be. With the trends of slimmer cuts, patterned fabrics, and layering, a sport coat really is an effortless way to be casual, and still look pulled together. Throw one on over your sweater or sport shirt as an outerwear replacement. Or just add it as another layer to your outfit. Look, we understand that there is something about a sport coat that automatically makes some of us think we have to put in more effort, or we’re not going to be as comfortable as we want to be on a casual day. Let us show you how to chase those thoughts away this season.
Share what you think in the comments below. If you missed ”Suits & Sport Coats: Work Wear Essentials, in Fresh New Ways” or “Suits & Sport Coats: Stylish New Ways to Dress Up your Evening Look”, check them out in our Fashion Finds. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. See you next week.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-graham-ravenswood-classic-fit-corduroy-blazer/3814372
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Robert Graham - Ravenswood Classic Fit Corduroy Blazer
Ravenswood Classic Fit Corduroy Blazer
Robert Graham
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Ah, we love a good corduroy sport coat in the fall. It’s the perfect replacement to a true outerwear piece once it starts getting pleasantly cool. And, of course, it’s great in the evenings and once it’s cold as a true sport coat. The deep chocolate brown shade of this Robert Graham looks autumnally (sure, we're making it an adjective) great with jeans and tan, olive and dark grey pants. The special details that Robert Graham is known for shine through in the interesting buttons. The fit is modern and comfortable for all gents.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Robert-Graham-Stillwater-Multi-Plaid-Sport-Shirt-/prod173360168_cat21150732__/p.prod Robert Graham - Stillwater Multi-Plaid Sport Shirt
Robert Graham - Stillwater Multi-Plaid Sport Shirt
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Robert Graham - Stillwater Multi-Plaid Sport Shirt
Stillwater Multi-Plaid Sport Shirt
Robert Graham
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This multi-color plaid shirt, also from Robert Graham, is a great weekend shirt that works effortlessly with the deep color of this jacket. Notice the iconic Robert Graham cuff and collar trim – they give that added stylishl touch, popping out from under the jacket. And, make this shirt interesting enough to be worn on its own.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/polo-ralph-lauren-raglan-merino-wool-crewneck-sweater/3820184 Polo Ralph Lauren - Raglan Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater
Polo Ralph Lauren - Raglan Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Raglan Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater
Raglan Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater
Polo Ralph Lauren
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We always like the look of layers for casual wear. It just adds that little sartorial edge without looking like we’re trying too hard. That is especially true for this Polo Ralph Lauren merino wool crewneck. The classic navy and sweatshirt detailing look so relaxed and really pull together the shirt and jacket.
http://www.agavedenim.com/custompages/agavedenim/Modernist-at-Agave-Denim-PID31718-30-4025.aspx Agave - Modernist Jeans
Agave - Modernist Jeans
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Agave - Modernist Jeans
Modernist Jeans
Agave
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Many, many jeans work with this versatile corduroy jacket. Keeping with the very relaxed take, these Agave jeans deliver with their perfectly worn-in wash and comfortable fit. The slightly tapered leg gives a modern look to them.

http://www.zappos.com/frye-jim-oxford-brown-suede Frye - Jim Oxford Shoe
Frye - Jim Oxford Shoe
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Frye - Jim Oxford Shoe
Jim Oxford Shoe
Frye
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We couldn’t complete this look, without taking a moment to talk about shoes. Don’t think that your shoes need to be the same shade of brown as your jacket. In fact, we encourage you not to do that. For a polished casual look, go with another rich shade of brown. These suede oxfords from Frye play to the texture of the corduroy, and have a great casual feel with their rubber sole. And, no, this doesn’t mean your belt needs to be either of these shades of brown. Go with this cool, distressed Will Leather Goods belt  – it will work with all shades of brown and black in your casual wardrobe.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Plaid-Sport-Coat/MM00407,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Plaid Sport Coat
Brooks Brothers - Plaid Sport Coat
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Brooks Brothers - Plaid Sport Coat
Plaid Sport Coat
Brooks Brothers
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This charcoal plaid wool sport coat from Brook Brother’s Red Fleece collection is a trim fit, contemporary styled sport coat that works great with jeans for an afternoon of shopping or other activities. The 3-button style allows the blazer to double as a Fall outerwear jacket. The color and pattern are trend right for the season.
http://www.bonobos.com/blue-gingham-flannel-shirt-for-men Bonobos - Fieldhouse Flannel Shirt
Bonobos - Fieldhouse Flannel Shirt
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Bonobos - Fieldhouse Flannel Shirt
Fieldhouse Flannel Shirt
Bonobos
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When going casual, layering a sweater and cool plaid sport shirt under a jacket looks really sharp. Perfect for lunch or even an easy dinner. This Bonobos’ cotton flannel plaid shirt provides a shot of color and a great bold pattern contrast to the jacket. It looks especially great under the J.Crew sweater below with the sport coat. Of course, a solid shirt works well, too. And for that, J.McLaughlin delivers with this blue oxford cloth shirt that’s been treated to have that already broken-in, favorite shirt feel.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/LAMBSWOOL/PRDOVR~07939/07939.jsp J. Crew - Lambswool Crewneck Sweater
J. Crew - Lambswool Crewneck Sweater
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J. Crew - Lambswool Crewneck Sweater
Lambswool Crewneck Sweater
J. Crew
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This crewneck lambswool sweater from J. Crew really brings it all together, with some nice texture and solid color (and, practically speaking, warmth).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/j-brand-kane-slim-fit-cotton-twill-pants/3505292 J Brand - Kane Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
J Brand - Kane Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
Weekend style always calls for cool jeans. J Brand delivers with these cotton twill version that are insanely soft. They are in the Kane model, which is a trim fit, but not too trim – it’s their most popular fit because it works on so many gents. The dark carbon blue (shown) or black work with today’s outfit, but there are more great colors (click through the “shop it” button to see). Of course, denim always works too, and this 7 For All Mankind pair have just the right dark wash for this look.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kroon-fray-trim-fit-blazer/3862395 Kroon - Fray Trim Fit Blazer
Kroon - Fray Trim Fit Blazer
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Kroon - Fray Trim Fit Blazer
Fray Trim Fit Blazer
Kroon
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It may not be the first item to come to mind, when thinking of casual wear, but a grey herringbone blazer ends up being endlessly useful – especially when it has such great detail, like awesome brown suede elbow patches. The open patch pockets add to the casual look of the jacket. Kroon always get it just right when it comes to stylish sport coats. And that includes the fit – it’s a little closer to the body, but still classic. You can throw this on with anything from jeans to khakis, from t-shirts to plaid button downs and sweaters. Whatever you choose, get a good cigar and a great scotch, and settle in for some relaxing time ahead.
http://www.jmclaughlin.com/catalog/product/view/id/28271/s/west-end-flannel-trim-fit-button-down-in-french-blue-plaid/category/127/ J. McLaughlin - West End Flannel Trim Fit Button Down Shirt
J. McLaughlin - West End Flannel Trim Fit Button Down Shirt
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J. McLaughlin - West End Flannel Trim Fit Button Down Shirt
West End Flannel Trim Fit Button Down Shirt
J. McLaughlin
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J. McLaughlin’s dark plaid shirt, in a trimmer fit, looks great with this jacket. The blue and olive colors play against the grey herringbone and add a sophisticated pop of color.

http://www.vince.com/tees+polos/slub-cotton-crew-neck-thermal/invt/vnmr7778168 Vince - Slub Cotton Crew Neck Thermal Shirt
Vince - Slub Cotton Crew Neck Thermal Shirt
As we mentioned, an easy t-shirt looks great with this jacket, too. For that, Vince’s super soft thermal delivers. You will never want to take this one off. The grey is our favorite, but you’ll wear the navy and white all the time, too.
http://www.joesjeans.com/Straight-Leg-Classic/-2821163905514532868/Product?sku=O76MCM8229-28-MCM Joe's Jeans - Straight Leg Classic Jeans
Joe's Jeans - Straight Leg Classic Jeans
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Joe's Jeans - Straight Leg Classic Jeans
Straight Leg Classic Jeans
Joe's Jeans
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While any pair of jeans look great with this jacket, we highly recommend this black version from Joe’s Jeans if you want to dressier, but still completely casual, feel. (They work with both shirt choices.) They have the stylish look of a rigid denim (very popular now), but that’s just a trick of the eye – they are super soft and lightweight. This is Joe’s classic fit, with a straight leg. You can also get this wash in a trimmer fit, if that is more your style.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/fred-perry-spencer-mid-suede-sneaker-men/3749081 Fred Perry - Spencer Mid Suede Sneaker
Fred Perry - Spencer Mid Suede Sneaker
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Fred Perry - Spencer Mid Suede Sneaker
Spencer Mid Suede Sneaker
Fred Perry
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How cool are these high top sneakers from Fred Perry? The suede and leather combination is so fresh – these are so stylishly easy.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/trafalgar-stanton-belt/3569314 Trafalgar - Stanton Belt
Trafalgar - Stanton Belt
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Trafalgar - Stanton Belt
Stanton Belt
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Let’s not forget a good casual belt. We always like plaque belts with jeans, and this Trafalgar one has a cool roughed up buckle and grained leather strap that you’ll wear for years.

 

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