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Outfit Ideas: 3 Ways to Wear a Patterned Sport Coat

By Style Girlfriend | Feb 20 2014

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The patterned sport coat is not the first suiting item to take up residence in a guy’s closet. That’s a grey or navy suit. It’s not even the second – that’s whichever colored suit you didn’t get the first time). But it can happily be a solid third.

Trying to explain the difference between a sport coat (also known as a sports jacket) is a bit like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s definition of pornography. While it feels a little abstract, just think about when you see a guy wearing a suit jacket with pants different than the ones it came with, it looks just a little…off.

Check out these very different sport coats – and very different looks – for some outfit inspiration in your own closet.

Outfit #1

Gray Sport Coat: J.Crew: $328

Striped Button Down: Billy Reid: $185

Dark Wash Jean: Nudie Jeans: $199

Black Belt: Bonobos: $95

Blue Tie: Express: $50

Socks: Charles Tyrwhitt: $15

A look for a casual office, or for elevating a night out with friends. Think of a night with friends, casual but a night worth putting a jacket on. My favorite parts? The two blues in the shirt and tie, and you know I can’t resist a fun patterned sock.

Outfit #2

Navy Plaid Sports Coat: Billy Reid: $250

Dark Khaki: Joe Fresh: $19

Striped Button Down: Canali: $265

Cashmere Sweater: J.Crew: $100

Brown Belt: Magnanni: $150

Socks: Etiquette Clothiers: $40

Chocolate Oxford: Studio Ink: $60

Sunglasses: Warby Parker: $145

Navy plaid? Not that bad. Keep the rest of your look simple if this jacket feels a little..loud. A toffee-colored cashmere sweater topping a subtly-striped button-front does the trick.

Outfit #3

Blue Plaid Sport Coat: Billy Reid: $625

Jean: AG Jeans: $178

Zip Hoodie: Everlane: $65

Baseball tee: J.Crew: $50

Black Belt: Fossil: $45

Socks: Charles Tyrwhitt: $15

Oxford: Stacy Adams Coyle: $70

Sunglasses: Warby Parker: $95

I know this one will cause some dissent in the comments, but I wanted to show you all your options. A hoodie, baseball tee, and grey jeans dress down a sport coat while still looking very cool.

Tell me:

Do you own any patterned sportcoats? How do you wear them?

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