The temperature rising is no excuse to skimp. While everyone has the year-round appropriate navy blazer – Spring appropriate sport coats aren’t that tricky. Not including the seersucker or chambray choices, go for something that has a check. Treat it like a work coat – wear it often, use the pockets, and keep it clean (that means a cedar hanger). Most good Spring sport coats are a blend of lightweight wool, silk, and/or linen, making them bearable during the heat. So swap out your winter tweeds for something like this:
THE GRAYS (L-R):
H. Freeman Silk/Linen Summer Check Sport Coat: Colorful – not for the faint of heart.
Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Fit Wool/Silk Plaid Windowpane Sport Coat: The fit here is key. Not to mention the great pattern.
Peter Millar Wool Check Sport Coat: These folks have been making a splash lately – look at those soft shoulders…looks like you’ve had it for years.
THE TANS (L-R):
Polo by Ralph Lauren Silk/Linen Tweed Sport Coat: The leather buttons and the flap pocket are nice touches – this is a great option for an outdoorsman.
Peter Millar Wool/Silk/Linen Check Sport Coat: There isn’t anything this coat won’t coordinate with. Perfect style.
Ben Silver Wool/Cashmere Glen Plaid Sport Coat: Ben Silver might have the best selection of these Spring/warm weather sport coats. This one is tan with blue and orange details – outstanding.
Shirting under these sport coats is a bit tricky, but here’s a rule of thumb: Bold sport coat = bland shirt. Bland sport coat = bold shirt. Here is a good spectrum:
Rugby by Ralph Lauren Yellow Skull University Oxford: Yellow – the most neglected of the OCBD colors. Give it a run.
Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit Worn-in Oxford in Pink: Take every opportunity you can to wear a pink shirt, and wear it like a man.
Faconnable Plaid Sport Shirt: A muted plaid won’t distract from the sport coat.
Billy Reid John-T Blue & Green Sport Shirt: A bold design – it’ll be the centerpiece of the outfit, so pick something nice.
The great thing about warmer weather? It’s A-OK to be a little less formal. There’s always a place for gabardine trousers and foulard ties with these sport coats, but put together something like this for a great look:
(Clockwise from top left):
Randolph Engineering X Michael Bastian Aviator II Sunglasses: Feast your eyes…these won’t be available until May.
Levi’s 501 Jeans in ‘Natural Black Fill’: Not quite white.
Filson 258 Briefcase in Otter Green: Tough as nails.
Smathers & Branson Dancing Bears Needlepoint Belt: From the good folks at The Fine Swine in Maryland. Keep it fun, folks.
Finally – the shoes. This is a no-sock look. Embrace it. Buy cedar shoe trees to preserve your shoes and your friendships. Pick shoes that you can wear with anything – jeans, khakis, and shorts. Wear them in:
Sid Mashburn Snuff Suede Penny Loafers: Remember – they aren’t ‘rules’, they are guidelines. If you want to wear suede – wear suede.
Russell Moccasin Camp Mocs: Straight from Wisconsin. A step up from boat shoes.
Top to bottom – there you have it. Get out and enjoy this great time of year.