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Spring Flings: Sports Coats and Outerwear.


Keeping up with the trends that are decent enough for any of us to wear, I’ve noticed an awful lot of unlined or semi-lined sports coats. These have been around since Moses had the first one made up in Egyptian cotton. There’s a reason that they died out. Machine manufacturing is sloppy stuff and a full lining conceals that nicely. It takes more work to make sure seams are even and taped, and that the sportcoat is cut to look like something other than a potato sack. The good ones look like blazers and sports coats. They feel like shirts. I suppose it is the Italian influence or our concerns over global warming that have lead to wearing cooler fabrics, but whatever the case, I’m all for them. The best will still have a canvas front and minimal of any padding to the shoulder.

Linen safari Jacket RL

Moving on to outerwear… safari jackets. Or field coats. Or moto style waxed jackets. They go by many names. They are all military inspired and look great as casual outerwear or for the middle ground of menswear. Mr. Lauren’s is rendered in black linen. Making it cooler in all senses of the word.

2 thoughts on “Spring Flings: Sports Coats and Outerwear.

  1. Chris, it seems like slim is in. What I so often see are slacks that are so narrow legged that they can’t drape over the top of the shoe. Do you think this trend will continue? I would hate to make a substantial purchase on clothing, only to be unable to wear the clothing in a year or two.

    Another concern for me is that I will turn 60 this year, and while I am slim and in great shape, I want to maintain a sense of dignity, and I am not sure the slimmer slacks support that.

    What are your thoughts?

  2. TK, slim, not skinny. The trouser should taper to 8″ no less. You’ll be shocked how good you look. I wear them with almost no break; just a shiver.

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