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October 1, 2014

Suits & Sport Coats: Stylish New Ways to Dress Up your Evening Look

After 5 can mean anything from a formal function, to a business dinner, to a great night of drinks and fun with family and friends. And you know what that means? Lots of opportunities for suits and sport coats. For some of us gents, this also means too many opportunities to figure out how to wear them. Trends in suits and sport coats have evolved and they are once again, key layers in our wardrobes. For a night out, we’re showing you how to incorporate them effortlessly – from a posh slimmer fitting suit for a formal function to a great tweedy sport coat with jeans for an easy, relaxing evening.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for "Sport Coats: Stay Comfortable AND Look Good with This Key Layer" . Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://store-us.hugoboss.com/%27t-halbert-glover%27-slim-fit%2C-tailored-virgin-wool-suit/hbna50274425.html
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BOSS Hugo Boss - T-Halbert/Glover Virgin Wool Suit
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Double-breasted suits have made their comeback to the world of men’s fashion. Yup, believe it. Dave Letterman has been waiting for this turn-around for years. And when you think about him, remember that it always looks better buttoned up. We especially like this style for a wedding or semi-formal evening event when you can wear something a little more special. Hugo Boss’ dark navy stripe interpretation is a favorite –such an elegant take on this style, in a trim fit with a peak lapel.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-gerald-regular-fit-stripe-dress-shirt/3801917 BOSS Hugo Boss - Gerald Regular Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Gerald Regular Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Gerald Regular Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
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Playing on the idea of wearing this suit for a formal occasion, we recommend a spread collar white shirt. For other events though, have a little more fun with Hugo Boss’ blue stripe dress shirt, in a contemporary fit (it’s important that your shirt lays smoothly under the jacket, so this slimmer fit is perfect).
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418195&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446670454 Canali - Blue Stripe Silk Tie
Canali - Blue Stripe Silk Tie
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Canali - Blue Stripe Silk Tie
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Stay classic and dressy by wearing this navy striped tie from Canali. The width is a modern 3-inches and the spacing of the stripe works well with the stripe shirt.
http://www.zappos.com/magnanni-colo-black Magnanni - Colo Shoes
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A dressy plain toe oxford works best with this suit. Magnanni delivers with these shoes, in a hard burnished leather upper and leather sole.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/trafalgar-easton-calfskin-belt/2900423 Trafalgar - Easton Calfskin Belt
Trafalgar - Easton Calfskin Belt
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Do not forget about a good looking black dress belt. Even if your jacket is closed, it’s important to always wear a belt with your suit. Trafalgar makes this well-made basic that will last forever (or as long as your waistline will allow).
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Regent-Fit-Alternating-Stripe-1818-Suit/MK00482,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Regent Fit Alternating Stripe 1818 Suit
Brooks Brothers - Regent Fit Alternating Stripe 1818 Suit
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Brooks Brothers - Regent Fit Alternating Stripe 1818 Suit
Regent Fit Alternating Stripe 1818 Suit
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A black pinstripe suit is a great dressy look. The key, of course, from looking dapper vs looking like a dapper mobster, is all in the stripe. This Brooks Brothers suit lands on the right side of the spectrum with this subtle stripe and narrower lapel. It’s in their Regent fit, which has a narrower trouser leg, and overall updated fit that works for most gents.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-regular-fit-solid-dress-shirt/3725229 Canali - Regular Fit Solid Dress Shirt
Canali - Regular Fit Solid Dress Shirt
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Keep the look crisp and clean, with this white spread collar shirt. There are a lot of white shirt options out there – and a lot of them are really good. But when it comes to a white shirt, looking for one with exquisite fabric and a well-designed collar is the key…and worth the investment. It will be more comfortable and simply look good longer. This Canali shirt will not disappoint.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-geometric-woven-silk-tie/3751664 Canali - Geometric Woven Silk Tie
Canali - Geometric Woven Silk Tie
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In keeping with the dressy look, this 100% silk tie from Canali picks up the black and white of the suit and tie, while giving a subtle pop of interest in the geometric pattern and subtle texture.

http://www.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-park-avenue-black-custom-calf Allen-Edmonds - Park Avenue Shoe
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A classic cap toe shoe, like this one from Allen-Edmonds in black, is the simple style you need to complete this formal suit look.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/john-varvatos-star-usa-townshend-trim-fit-navy-wool-blazer/3516999 John Varvatos Star USA - Townshend Trim Fit Navy Wool Blazer
John Varvatos Star USA - Townshend Trim Fit Navy Wool Blazer
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John Varvatos Star USA - Townshend Trim Fit Navy Wool Blazer
Townshend Trim Fit Navy Wool Blazer
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A navy blazer is an after 5 staple. With grey wool dress pants and a tie, you are set for any more formal event. Dress it down with jeans, a pattern shirt and sweater. This trim fit wool one from John Varvatos Star USA jumps to the top of the list, with its narrow lapel, close to the body fit, and really affordable price. This will take you through many nights out in style. For a classic fit and more luxury fabric, this Canali blazer is amazing.

http://www.eastdane.com/leisure-herringbone-large-check-shirt/vp/v=1/1537791399.htm Schnayderman's - Large Check Shirt
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This blue plaid shirt from Schnayderman’s works with this blazer, whether you dress it up or down. If you haven’t heard of this line, a group based in both New York and Stockholm, created it. And it’s founded on one simple premise – to make the best shirt possible that will make you feel better and more productive. And that’s a sentiment we can get behind. We always have a little more focus when we feel pulled together. The trim fit and short button collar give it a contemporary look, but go with your normal size.
http://www.agjeans.com/the-matchbox-wren/d/9245 AG Jeans - The Matchbox Jeans
AG Jeans - The Matchbox Jeans
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As we mentioned, this jacket and shirt can easily dress or up down. By adding these 5-pocket twill AG jeans, you create a more casual look. The deep brown color not only looks amazing with this dark navy blazer, it is ideal for the fall and winter months, so they’ll get plenty of wear with the rest of the items in your closet, too. The fit is trim with a straight leg. Alternatively, for a dressier look, pair them with these Theory trim fit wool pants. The charcoal color is a classic look with a navy blazer – a truly timeless investment. The jacket and pants combination will work with almost any shirt, and a tie can effortlessly be added.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/donald-j-pliner-bishop-chukka-boot-men/3768063 Donald J. Pliner - Bishop Chukka Boot
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Bishop Chukka Boot
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This dark brown suede chukka boot is a great look with jeans and a great take on the chukka style that is an absolute essential this season. (note: If you weren’t sure, a chukka is an ankle high boot, generally with 2 or 3 sets of eyelets.) This one has just a slight dressier feel that is really versatile.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/Ludlowhalflinedsportcoats/PRDOVR~A9718/A9718.jsp J. Crew - Ludlow Sport Coat
J. Crew - Ludlow Sport Coat
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Ludlow Sport Coat
J. Crew
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This contemporary fit softly constructed sport coat from J. Crew is perfect for a night on the town. It is one of our favorites of the season (we know, we know, we say that from time to time, but click through the “shop it” button so you can zoom in and see how right we are.) The deep red and camel plaid against this charcoal textured English wool is amazing. The fabric is from England’s prestigious Robert Noble mill. Wear it with jeans, sweaters, pattern and solid shirts – basically, wear it with everything.

http://www.jmclaughlin.com/west-end-trim-fit-button-down-in-sailor-blue-stripe.html J. McLaughlin - West End Trim Fit Button Down Shirt
J. McLaughlin - West End Trim Fit Button Down Shirt
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J. McLaughlin - West End Trim Fit Button Down Shirt
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At first glance, you might not think to wear this shirt with this jacket. And that’s exactly what we like about it. The stripe and color may be unexpected, but this J. McLaughlin is a perfect pairing to create a modern look – especially with its shorter button collar and trim fit. Add a solid navy or black knit tie for a fun touch, too.
http://www.joesjeans.com/StraightNarrow-Brixton/-2836784224664725331/Product Joe's Jeans - Straight+Narrow Brixton Jeans
Joe's Jeans -  Straight+Narrow Brixton Jeans
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Joe's Jeans -  Straight+Narrow Brixton Jeans
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A pair of dark wash jeans is a no-brainer for this jacket. They have just enough distressing to play up the rich texture of the jacket and the vintage feels plays into the sartorial angle of the jacket.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/john-varvatos-star-usa-hipster-chukka-boot-men/3554496 John Varvatos Star USA - Hipster Chukka Boot
John Varvatos Star USA - Hipster Chukka Boot
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John Varvatos Star USA - Hipster Chukka Boot
Hipster Chukka Boot
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This John Varvatos Star USA black chukka boot completes the outfit, with just enough rugged edge.
 

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