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We have a MC denim 101 thread, so how about a "sport coat to pair with denim" thread

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Given the great number of circumstances in which it is now acceptable to pair a sport coat with jeans, I think it's time to stop pretending that the well-dressed will refrain from this. However, I think there is still a good chance to steer many away from the "too long, orphaned pinstripe suit coat" pitfall. This is a good place to discuss criteria for such a sport coat, as well as seek opinions.

I'll start with my criteria:

-A little shorter and more fitted than a suit coat
-Its origins as a stand-alone blazer should be obvious (as opposed to looking like half a suit)
-Brass blazer type buttons should be avoided under most circumstances
-Overly structured shoulders are a no, while completely unstructured often look sloppy
-In general, peak lapel, double breasted and true three-button styles should be avoided

As to my first opinion sought, I'm looking to buy a plain cotton chino blazer for use with jeans for evenings. I'm looking at either navy or black. I have a mix of black and brown shoes and various color shirts and sweaters. I'm leaning towards navy, but am wondering if this one is too much of a violation of my own rules:

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/suiting/PRDOVR~66332/66332.jsp

It's sold as suit separates, but I cannot imagine a chino suit in any color other than stone or khaki. However I'm curious as to people's thoughts. The advantage is not only is there a good coupon now but the J Crew Ludlow jackets fit me without alterations.
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Not sure where you live, but from a practical standpoint, denim is not really for summer, at least where I live. So it would be somewhat incongruous to wear jeans with a cotton sport coat.

In the winter, tweed is the obvious choice and is a nice match in terms of weight. It looks better, to me, in grey or olive rather than brown or tan.
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Originally Posted by crinklecut View Post

Not sure where you live, but from a practical standpoint, denim is not really for summer, at least where I live. So it would be somewhat incongruous to wear jeans with a cotton sport coat.

In the winter, tweed is the obvious choice and is a nice match in terms of weight. It looks better, to me, in grey or olive rather than brown or tan.

That depends entirely on the climate of your area if you insist on being completely congruent. A cotton jacket and denim would be completely appropriate during the shoulder seasons in Australia, though I can see how it would not work for somewhere with very cold winters and very hot summers.

Another rule I think I'd add is that the jacket must have texture. Smooth worsteds look too dressy for denim, so wool linen/mohair/cashmere/slubby silk blends balance texturally with denim, especially the raw denim that SF favours. Perhaps even open woven wools like hopsacks and frescos.

Regarding Navy or Black OP, Navy will be more versatile.
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Another rule I think I'd add is that the jacket must have texture. Smooth worsteds look too dressy for denim, so wool linen/mohair/cashmere/slubby silk blends balance texturally with denim, especially the raw denim that SF favours. Perhaps even open woven wools like hopsacks and frescos.

Doesn't this rule out OP's chino jacket?
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I'd call cotton suitings textured, wouldn't you? The product description also describes a "suede-like finish", which would make the fabric textured.
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I'd call cotton suitings textured, wouldn't you? The product description also describes a "suede-like finish", which would make the fabric textured.

I've seen them before and they're relatively smooth, however it's different than a smooth wool, which you would expect to see paired with a smooth wool bottom. To me chino is just a casual enough material that it would appear more out of place as part of a dressy outfit than a casual one (in dark colors). This is particularly true as it starts to get a bit more worn.
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