Jeans+sportcoat: the new worst look? - Page 4
I love solid white shirts with jeans and a khaki or navy jacket in Spring /Summer. I've always enjoyed the look of white oxford cloth against denim, especially well worn denim.
I wear a jacket with a tailored shirt and jeans all the time. I see guys who look great and guys who look like slobs. The fit of everything is essential to pulling it off. Great shoes really elevate the overall look. They also seem to get a lot more comments than when worn with a suit or dress pants.
I'm not saying I do it well or right, but I do this on occasion.
2 things I quickly learned are no tie (the tie, to me, brings the upper body to a level of formality that is not congruent with the denim) and not baggy jeans.
It seems obvious to me that your shirt should be tucked in and under no circumstances should you be wearing something that could be described as a "tee shirt" underneath.
I think jeans and a jacket/sportcoat/blazer is especially tricky because you have to so closely watch the levels of formality involved, which are "naturally" at odds with each other. It is very easy for this look to turn into a trainwreck.
You can do a knit tie, works quite well, just need to make sure you loosen the collar and no spreads. Shirt tucked in = always. T and jacket can work if highly textured and you're in shape. T should be very fitted and not long. Excuse the color of the photo, distorted heavily by iphone. This was a look I posted on the main forum and actually got some compliments on. Not for everyone but was pretty well liked on the street. Jacket = linen, t = highly textured. It's a gray blend against a blue jacket, which I paired with a slim pair if white denim and some brown loafers. Again the colors are distorted.
The high low concept is not tricky imo, you just need proper texture, fit and and understanding of how to go high and low with regard to the items you choose. Denim and a coat can be a staple look and if done right very sharp indeed.
1) Skip more formal tailored jackets and go for navy, tweed and corduroy jackets, etc. When in doubt probably skip a suit jacket unless it is linen, cotton, tweed or corduroy. More casual touches like patch pockets and suede elbow patches help a lot. A grey flannel jacket with patch pockets could work well here.
2) Wear great shoes with a touch of casual style. Leave the black and brown oxfords in the closet and go for suede or tan leather derbys. Rubber soles can work here as does textured grain leather and split toes.
3) Skip wide leg heritage cut denim.