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Navy suit jacket vs. navy sportscoat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ninjaturtles, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. ninjaturtles

    ninjaturtles Active Member

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    What are some of the key differences?

    I think the length of the jacket could be one, although some suit jackets these days are very short..
     
  2. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    Ze buttons, they are different.
     
  3. laundry day

    laundry day Active Member

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    Sports coat fabric is usually rougher, thicker, and less formal.
     
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  4. rob

    rob Senior member

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    Could be a few other things such as patch pockets, edge stitching in addition to the items mentioned above. Basically, anything that would make it less formal than what you would expect in a basic business suit.
     
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  5. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    A navy blazer will (i) have buttons that do not match the jacket, often in metal, (ii) be in a less formal fabric such as a hopsack or fresco and / or (iii) have patch pockets instead of flap pockets. Some people also do odd jackets with fewer sleeve buttons than suits. It should look different enough from a suit jacket to avoid being viewed as a suit jacket.
     
  6. dreamspace

    dreamspace Senior member

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    I have one Navy Oxxford SC, and to be honest I can't tell the difference between it and a suit jacket.

    The buttons that came with it are dark
    Fabric is very soft and plain.
    Pockets are just like every other suit jacket.

    Also have a Navy PRL Blazer...other than the metal buttons, it's a suit jacket.

    I guess it all depends on the maker, and how "sportcoaty" it's meant to be, but In my experience a lot of makers today just churn out suit jackets and call them sportcoats...or blazers if they have metal buttons.
     
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  8. ktown

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    Reviving this thread. I'm looking to get a navy blazer or sportcoat made early next year. I want it to be my staple navy sportcoat for a long time. I've been looking at pics and there are many SC's that look practically the same as suit jackets aside from the buttons. So I guess I'm thinking of:

    -2 button, notch lapel
    -Side vents
    -Brown Horn or smoked MOP (I dislike gold, looks too "old mannish")
    -Patch pockets
    -I'm not sure on fabric. Many SC's look like they are plain worsted wool, but would it be fine to get some other material? If so, what material? I live in LA and don't wear jackets much during spring/summer. I was thinking of later getting a cream linen one for spring/summer.

    What else can I do to differentiate it from a suit jacket? Would the above configuration be able to be paired with dark, slim jeans or should I only use it for business casual?
     
  9. archibaldleach

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    For some reason, I only like smoked MOP buttons for a summer navy odd jacket. I love metal buttons, but for your tastes I'd do brown horn. You'll have the buttons and patch pockets differentiate it from a navy suit already, so you're in good shape as far as avoiding the orphaned look is concerned. I don't think you need to avoid a worsted wool to avoid the orphaned look, but to my eyes, worsted wool looks odd with patch pockets. I'd consider a serge, hopsack or flannel. It fits the fall / winter season nicely. Don't get a super heavy fabric (it is LA), but something other than worsted would be ideal.

    I absolutely hate the look of a navy blazer and jeans; there's just too much of a formality clash IMO. Brown horn buttons help a bit with this, but I'd still avoid it. If you want an odd jacket that works with jeans, I think a lighter (12 ounce or so) faux tweed or maybe a nice brown herringbone jacket would be much better.
     

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