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Sports jacket with jeans: 2 buttons or 3?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by That Guy, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. That Guy

    That Guy Member

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    If I want to pair a sports jacket with a pair of jeans, does it matter whether the jacket has 2 buttons or 3? Thanks!
     
  2. Englandmj7

    Englandmj7 Senior member

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    I feel that a 3-button looks odd with jeans.......then again I feel that a 3-button looks odd in general.....[​IMG]
     
  3. Aureus

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    Not really... put on a 3 button, see how it looks. put on a 2 button, see how it looks. If you like one more than the other go with it. You're 'breaking the rules' by wearing a sports jacket with jeans in the first place, why would there be rules on how to break the rules?

    I find that the fabric and fit of the jacket, it more casual and more fitted = looks better with jeans.
     
  4. stach

    stach Senior member

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    I vote for two, unless you're doing all black. Then I think three would be ok.
     
  5. EL72

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    If I want to pair a sports jacket with a pair of jeans, does it matter whether the jacket has 2 buttons or 3? Thanks!

    No. Fit, cut, fabric... matter much more than the number of buttons.
     
  6. Tomasso

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    It makes no difference, in my mind.
     
  7. gorgekko

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    Hank Scorpio, the CEO of Globex Corporation, who was the first millionaire to wear a sport coat with jeans (now all of them are doing it), preferred two buttons. That said, it is a personal preference the number of buttons you prefer. I wear both two- and three-button sport coats with jeans.
     
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    Hank Scorpio
     
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    There truly is nothing more embarassing then going on at length making a cultural reference unique to a poster's question and then making an idiotic typo. To paraphrase Denis Lemieux, I feel shame.
     
  10. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    It would seem to depend on your body type. It would be best if you posted pictures of a two-button vs. three-button with jeans.
     
  11. JR_Rider

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    I feel that a 3-button looks odd with jeans.......then again I feel that a 3-button looks odd in general.....[​IMG]

    Couldn't have said it better myself.
     
  12. Soph

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    Cotton, Linen, cord, velvet, cashmere Sportcoats usually look best.
    Casual fabrics.

    Fit and Cut next.

    Nice wool or silk no freaking way. That's for more formal business affairs.

    2 or 3 button? make little difference as far as jeans coordination.
     
  13. Dragon

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    The number of buttons does`t matter at all. As someone mentioned above, the cut, silouette is much more important. It helps if the silouette is on the modern side rather than classical.
     
  14. Tuerney1

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    It doesn't seem that important to me, either (to echo most of the opinions above), but, as far as preferences go, I'll dissent and say I like three buttons with jeans, particularly if in a more casual fabric and with a t-shirt. So it may depend a great deal on the look one is going for. If one is wearing a fine dress shirt with dark blue jeans and well patinated loafers, I could see going for two buttons or even a blazer as the better choice. If one was wearing more worn or distressed jeans with a Barking Irons t-shirt and boots, then I would think a three button in a dark tweedy-pattern or a charcoal herringbone would look great.
     
  15. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The number of buttons does`t matter at all. As someone mentioned above, the cut, silouette is much more important. It helps if the silouette is on the modern side rather than classical.
    i agree! slimmer and shorter than the more tradition sport coat i think is the best options as this is a more fashion aware choice combo!
     
  16. LabelKing

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    The bigger question is whether to pair with a silver wig or a gold one. Perhaps something in the vein of Carol Channing's coiff but a bag-lady is always chic.
     
  17. Tuerney1

    Tuerney1 Well-Known Member

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    And don't forget the one button option...

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Ropavejero

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    Ditto as to what others have said about fabric, style, and texture being more important than number of buttons. And I add "color" as a factor too.

    Solid color cashmere sportcoats usually work well, multicolored herringbone and tweed woven wool or wool blend coats are great. Generally, finer fabrics such as silk don't work *as well.* Therefore it is easier to put together a jeans and sportcoat combination with the heavier fall and winter style coats, however you can pull off wearing some textured linen-silk fabrics or even cotton seersucker.

    Word of warning, is stay away at all cost from the bright summery solid color coats in: sky blue, lemon green, bright yellow, rosy pink, etc. They are best paired with white khakis and relegated to the pre-outing luncheon at the country club golf course.

    I wear both two and three button style coats and find both work equally well.

    All that said, I will confess that I have never purchased a sportcoat just to wear with jeans. Collected all of mine for creating (coat and tie combinations) to wear to work all week. I wind up wearing them with jeans (as many people would don a nylon windbreaker) in evenings or on weekends just to get some additional wear and use from them.
     

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