The Summer Sport Coat

Certain staples should be in every man’s closet – one of those should be a Summer sport coat. No, this isn’t a regional thing, but here in the South it is a must.

Cotton, linen, silk – or a blend – are perfect for hot Sunday afternoons after church or the humid nights out on the town. I prefer either no pattern or something very subtle (a herringbone or bird’s eye), and soft shoulders.

It’s a very versatile piece; it goes over a madras or dark gingham shirt, or with a dark tie and saddles. Need some direction? Try these:

Norman Hilton Palmer (Great shot, Fred): Is that a 3/2 roll? Why yes it is…

Brooks Brothers Panama: Pastel-Friendly

Ralph Lauren Bird’s Eye: Great example of the dark tie.

Billy Reid Ruston: Pincord – the formal version of seersucker

Southwick Silk Matka: Bring an umbrella…just in case.


  1. Sundresses and Smiles
    04/27/2011 / 2:19 PM

    I'm a big fan of cream colored linen summer sport coats on guys!

  2. Backwoods Plaid
    04/27/2011 / 4:14 PM

    Been following you for a long time. Decided to begin my own blog. If you like it, perhaps you could add a link to it on yours. I have done the same for you. Let me know your thoughts!

    Best regards,
    Rhon Bell

  3. JRS
    04/27/2011 / 11:59 PM

    @ S&S – Thanks! I think it's a sharp look. Very 'put together'.

    @Rhon – I like your blog – consider yourself linked.

  4. The Glengarry Sporting Club
    04/28/2011 / 12:16 AM

    The Hilton is tops.

  5. trip
    04/28/2011 / 1:55 AM

    At the SCAD thing Fred spoke at last night, there was this guy with an awesome navy gingham sport coat. I would love one of those.

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