At @TweedyProf's request, I'm X-posting this from the NMWA thread where the discussion started.
Here's what happens when I have some time and an intellectual/sartorial puzzle ... much to my wife's amusement.
Can't think of all sport coats with the same format in mind (as a suit replacement, with tie and ready for a client meeting). Need to open up to using jackets outside of that set formula.
This shepherd check looks great w denim, light grey or brown pants. Blue shirt is totally fine IMO (fine stripe or graph check best), pink too. A burgundy/red Oxford stripe would look nice too.
Probably the best look for this is a chambray/denim shirt or a blue brushed cotton, open neck. Something like this:
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I agree with everything Greg wrote about this sport coat. A blue shirt and grey or light brown trousers are perfect. That primarily what I've worn it with: light grey or fawn flannel and blue oxford or chambray. I liked the cream solid with it as well, which I posted earlier.
My thoughts about using it with a tie were: small-scale stripe with large medallion or solid blue oxford with block stripe tie. I continue to think that large-scale medallions work. But I don't have that many large-scale medallion ties, so that hasn't been a great option. I've tried tried it two ways, which I did photos for below, with what I think are mixed results.
Block stripe ties should also work, but none of the colors that I have are great, in my opinion. They're either too close in color or to unharmonious. I've included one below, which seems OK to me, but maybe not great. I have a similar one in brown and green that would also work, but didn't photograph. My conclusion is that block stripes work well but maybe not the ones that I have.
Here's the jacket with fawn flannel trousers and a blue chambray. I often go square-less with it but threw in a purple Drake's moghul this time.
Greg's suggestion of a small-scale graph check also sounded interesting, so I thought I'd give that a try. I switched to light grey flannel trousers and went with a lighter-than-navy wool challis tie. I traded the square for a Rubi Mediteranneo. I like this combo. Maybe the best of the bunch with a tie, IMO, although I like it with a blue oxford and a solid brown grenadine or cashmere tie as well. If I had a burgundy graph check, I would totally wear it with this. (Note to self: time to order that Inglese burgundy graph check.)
Here are two examples with large-scale medallion ties and small-scale striped shirt. The green is so-so to me. The idea is good but I'm not sure about the particular shade of green. The dark blue I like much better and think it actually works really well. I still prefer a solid tie though.
Finally, here's the block stripe tie with a solid blue oxford. I like this, but as I wrote above, I think that different colors in the stripes would be better. The more I look at it, the more I like it though. I would definitely wear this combo.
Thanks, unbel! Yeah, a solid knit like those would be great. I think any of those colors would work, actually ... but I have this idiosyncratic association of knit ties with 80's preppy. I'm trying to get over it so that I can enjoy knit ties.
Some additional thoughts that didn't make it into my initial post. I looked at a bunch of different solid ties. I liked that blue challis best, so went with that for a photo. Other solids that I thought would work:
- Brown grenadine or cashmere, which I already mentioned.
- Rust grenadine or wool/cashmere.
- Olive grenadine.
- Green challis.
- Lighter than navy or green donegal.
Drake's has done shantung block stripes for the past couple of seasons that I like a lot (ecru with navy, ecru with burgundy, ecru with green, green and navy). I think the colors would work well, but I'm not sure about the texture of shantung with the texture of this jacket. If anyone has thoughts on that, I'm interested!