A Man and the Sports Jacket: A Tailored Suit’s Sports Jacket Giveaway

by Antonio on December 29, 2009 · 316 comments

in Dress & Grooming, Style

Introduction to the Sports Jacket


Examples of a Sports Jacket

Examples of a Sports Jacket

Few garments in a wardrobe can transform a man like a handsome sports jacket.  Slipping it on over a dress shirt instantly changes how strangers perceive you.  It can provide the right balance of professionalism in an environment where a suit would be overkill, and depending on the fabric and style can adapt itself to multiple situations.

The Case for the Sports Jacket

  1. It enhances your silhouette – a well fitted sports jacket broadens & heightens a man’s shoulders, can slim the appearance of a bulging midsection, and creates a more naturally masculine appearance overall.
  2. It’s useful – a sports jacket keeps its wearer (or his companion) warm and has plenty of pockets for holding various items that would otherwise have to be uncomfortably carried in the trousers.
  3. It sets you apart – How many times have you shown up to a business casual event to find every male in attendance is dressed in khaki pants, a blue shirt, and red tie.  Be the guy who ditches the tie and throws on a sports jacket (and trousers that fit/polished shoes).  You’ll probably be mistaken for the man in charge, which isn’t a bad thing!

What Makes a Sports Jacket?

The Sport Jacket’s Fit

A sport jacket is more casual than a suit or even a blazer jacket and should fit on the body a bit looser (although the definition of looser is debatable).  I personally like to have enough room so that I can wear layered clothing underneath and still drive my truck without  feeling restricted in the back or having to remove the jacket.  But fit is a very personal thing – in the end go with what suits your build and feels right when worn.

The Sports Jacket’s Fabric

Various Sport Jacket Fabrics

Various Sports Jacket Fabrics

Sports jacket fabrics can be made from wools and cottons of various weights and weaves.  Typically we’ll see cotton fabric used in the summer and wools in the cooler months; blended fabrics can be used by those on a budget assuming the man-made fiber content is not more than 50%. Some of the most common weaves utilized in sports jackets are tweed, flannel, corduroy, camel hair, seersucker, and a wide range of worsted fabrics in patterns such as sharkskin, houndstooth, bird’s eye, and of course solid colors.

The Sports Jacket’s Style

A favorite aspect of a sports jacket, and what sets it apart clearly from a suit jacket, is the wide range of style options available.  Many of these style options can be traced to the history of how the jacket was originally worn and used; first making its appearance in the hunting & shooting arenas one hundred years ago, it was designed with easily accessible patch pockets and leather patches on the shoulder and elbows to prevent wear.  Other style options include ticket pockets, leather buttons, and building the sports coat to have expandable pleats on the back to give greater flexibility in movement.


Unique fully functional lapels allow the jacket to be buttoned up in foul weather.

Unique fully functional lapels allow the jacket to be buttoned up in foul weather.

What to Wear with a Sports Jacket

The Sports Jacket Shirt

A sports jacket is most appropriately paired with a dress shirt.  When wearing them together, the same rules apply as when wearing a suit – try to ensure ¼ to ½ inch of cuff shows and about ½ inch of the top of the collar above the jacket’s collar.  Casual shirts with button cuffs and button-down or spread collars are at home here, as well as check and wide/multicolor stripe patterns.  I am not a fan of designer T-shirts or polo shirts being worn with a sports jacket – however if you are in the right environment (see this picture of Glen Palmer and Lloyd Boston)-it can be pulled off.  Here is a picture of a young man who knows how to wear a corduroy sports jacket and dress shirt with style!

The Sports Jacket and Trousers

The most important consideration in your trouser selection (assuming they are clean and well kept) is not to have them closely match the jacket.  For a sports jacket is an “odd jacket,” purposely designed to be single in a world of matching suits.  To match a solid colored sports coat with a pair of similar trousers will have you looking like you’re wearing a bad suit.  Grey flannel or cotton trousers in khaki, tan, or brown are a natural pair with a patterned sports coat – their neutral color does not compete for attention with the jacket which is exactly what you want.  Although the Houndstooth Kid will cringe, I also feel tasteful denim can be worn successfully with a sports jacket.

Your Shoes

Your choice of footwear is as wide as the combinations of the above garments.  But be aware that it is the 2nd most important item you’ll be wearing, and that by going too casual here you’ll bring the entire ensemble down to your casual footwear’s level.  Hence a pair of Converse can be worn, but only if you’re an artist or Phil Collins.  For the rest of us I recommend at least a leather loafer or classic oxford; if you wish to dress up the feet a bit more have a look at this custom pair from Leffot.

A Tailored Suit’s Sport Jacket Giveaway

The Art of Manliness and A Tailored Suit have teamed up to give one lucky reader a hand-made custom sports jacket valued at up to $1000.

To enter you need to visit A Tailored Suit’s “Build Your Garment” tool and leave a comment here at the Art of Manliness describing your ideal sports jacket.  You must specify-

1)  Sport Jacket Fabric choice (include A Tailored Suit’s fabric reference #)
2 ) Jacket Type (2 button, 3 button etc.), Pocket Style (slanted, with or without ticket, patch, etc.), and anything else you would ask for to make the jacket one-of-a-kind.
3) Your shoulder, chest, and jacket length measurements. These are found in the 3rd part of building your garment and can also be found at A Tailored Suit’s “
Your Measurements” page.

Again, all this information can readily be found within A Tailored Suit’s online Build Your Garment tool.  Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, January 6th at 10PM CST. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Saturday, January 9th, 2009 in our weekly round-up.

{ 313 comments… read them below or add one }

301 Greg January 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm

1) Fabric – Tweed, #5-5-21 Brown

2) 2-button, single breasted
Notched lapel
Double vented
Straight with flaps
Regular breast pocket
Four Sleeve bottons
match lining
No inscription
Regular fit

3) shoulder- 19 ½
chest- 39 ½
jacket length- 27

302 Stefan Saka January 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Fabric: Sports Jacket Tweed #5-5-10 Brown

2-button Single Breasted
Single Vent
Slanted Flap Pockets
Notch lapel
3 button sleeves
Please Match Lining

Ha, just realized I forgot my measurements. I presume the other entry won’t be counted, but here they are, with the rest of the stuff copied above:

Chest 48 inches
Shoulder 18.5 inches
Jacket Length 30 inches

303 Damian January 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Fabric: Tweed, 5-5-23

2-button, single breasted
hand stitched notch lapel
double vents
slanted ticket pocket
regular breast pocket
2 sleeve buttons
matching lining
no inscription
form fit

chest: 35
shoulder: 19
jacket length: 27

304 Steve January 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm


1. Jacket Type: Two Button Single Breasted Jacket
2. Lapel Type:
Hand Stitched
Notched Lapel
3. Back Vents: Double Vent
4. Jacket Pockets: Straight With Flaps
5. Breast Pocket: Regular Breast Pocket
6. Sleeve Buttons: Two Buttons
7. Jacket Interior Lining: Blue
8. Jacket Inscription: Mr. Tombelli
9. Overall Fit of Garment: regular Fit
10. Special Instructions: None

Shoulder Measurement: 20 inches
Chest measurement: 40 inches
Length: 30 inches

305 RFish January 6, 2010 at 11:03 pm

1) Fabric: Tweed #5-5-6 Taupe

2) Two button Single Breasted
Hand stitched notched lapel
Double vent
Patch with flaps
Patch breast pocket
Three buttons with working buttonholes
Crimson lining
No inscription
Form fit
Sueded leather patches on elbows

3) Shoulder 17
Chest 39
Jacket Length 30.5

306 Yousif January 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

Good luck everyone, whoever wins I hope you enjoy you price. And thanks AoM for this giveaway!

307 Bret Mahoney January 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Tweed #5-5-31 Brown
2 Button single breasted notched lapel, double vented, slanted pockets with flaps, 2 sleeve buttons

46″ Chest
22 1/2 ” Back
30″ length


308 Clayton January 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm

1)Fabric: #5-5-21
2)Two-Button Single Breasted
Hand Stiched Peak Lapel
Double vent
Slant ticket Pocket
Regular Breast Pocket
three button sleeves
Matching lining
No inscription
Brown Sueded leather patches on elbows

3)Shoulder: 22.5
Chest: 39.5
Length: 30.5

309 Russell January 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Collection: Corduroy
Pattern: Solid
ID# 5-13-6
Color: Brown
1. Jacket Type: Two Button Single Breasted Jacket
2. Lapel Type: Hand Stiched Notched Lapel
3. Back Vents: Double Vent
4. Jacket Pockets: Slanted With Flaps
5. Breast Pocket: Regular Breast Pocket
6. Sleeve Buttons: One Button
7. Jacket Interior Lining: Khaki
8. Jacket Inscription: Vim Vere Pelgre Legit
9. Inscription Stitching Color: Black
10. Inscription Font Style: Script
11. Overall Fit of Garment: Loose Fit
12. Special Instructions: None

Shoulder-21 1/2
Chest-47 3/4
Length-35 1/4

310 Trip Taylor January 12, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Fabric: Corduroy #5-13-5 Brown
1.Jacket type: Two Button Single Breasted
2.Lapel type: Notched
3:Back Vents: Double Vent
4.Jacket Pockets: Slanted with Flaps
5.Breast Pocket: Regular
6.Sleeve Buttons: Two
7.Jacket Interior Lining: Crimson
8.Jacket Inscription: The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination – Einstein
9.Inscription Stitching Color: Gold
10. Inscription Font: Script
11. Overall Fit: Regular
12:Special Instructions: None

Shoulder: 17 1/2 in
Chest: 36 in
Jacket Length: 29 in

311 PJ Gaither January 20, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Wish me luck!

Fabric: Corduroy 5-13-7 White
1. Suit: 2 button single breasted jacket
2. Hand Stitched Notched lapel
3. Single Vent
4. Pockets: Straight with flap
5. Regular Breast Pocket
6. Two sleeve buttons
7. Crimson Jacket interior lining
8. Inscription: Paul-John
9. Red inscription
10. Script font
11. Form Fit
12. No special instructions

Shoulder: 17″
Chest: 35″
Jacket Length: 29″

312 Eric Holz February 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Fabric: Corduroy #5-13-15
Jacket Type: 1 button, single breasted.
2.Lapel type: Hand Stitched Notched Lapel
3:Back Vents: No Vent
4.Jacket Pockets: Straight with flaps
5.Breast Pocket: Regular
6.Sleeve Buttons: Two
7.Jacket Interior Lining: Match
8.Jacket Inscription: “Not all those who wander are lost.”
9.Inscription Stitching Color: No Preference
10. Inscription Font: Script
11. Overall Fit: Regular
12:Special Instructions: Grey leather elbow pads

Shoulder: 18.25″
Chest: 40.25″
Jacket Length: 34″

313 Joe February 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

2 button single breasted
Notched Lapel
single vent
straight with flaps
three buttons
red lining

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