While most men can barely tell the difference between a blazer, suit jacket, and sportcoat, fashionistas can instantly tell the distinctiveness of each clothing. And if you are not an avid fashionista – perhaps, you are just one of the million average guy that picks whatever looks good in the wardrobe – then indeed, you might need help in identifying the difference between these same looking garments.
Here is an infographic by Dappered.com that shows the dissimilarities of a blazer, a suit jacket, and a sportcoat.
You might have difficulty telling the differences between a blazer and a suit jacket because both look almost exactly the same except in some minor factors. A blazer is dressier, classier, more casual than sportcoat but not as prim as a suit jacket, although it is still wearable for formal events. In fact, Blazers were first loved and worn by boating club members.
One can easily see the difference of sportcoat among the two outer garments. Unlike blazers and suit jacket that are made from wool (at least, most of them), a sportcoat is usually made of tweed, linen, and commonly cotton. It has fewer construction details than a blazer or suit jacket. Because of its material, sportcoat can often look bulky or baggy. Sportcoat is worn for casual activities, more particularly for sports events like deer hunting or shooting.
The suit jacket is a variety of a blazer except it is sturdier and tailored with features that make it more formal to wear. Suit jackets have padded shoulders and are made of wool. Unlike blazers that are commonly in dark, intense color, suit jackets are usually in tonic black, classic gray, or plain white. It is worn with matching trousers and complementing dress shirt and pocket square.
What to Wear?
If you feel like dressing up for casual events, you can wear the blazer. It is comfortable and can match perfectly with denim, chinos, or trousers. The strong color of the canvas makes it easier to explore with style – say, a patterned pocket square, a floral dress shirt, or the such.
Sportcoat is best worn for outdoor activities. And because of its fabric, it is comfortable to wear and can even be helpful in extreme weather conditions. It can fit perfectly in jeans if that’s your kind of statement.
Suit jackets are best worn for formal events such as business, meetings, and other ceremonial occasions. It looks great if worn right – and that’s by wearing the matching trouser, complementing dress shirt, a colored necktie, and compatible belt, footwear, and accessory.
It Is Not That Difficult
As what the infographic suggests, a suit jacket remains a suit jacket as long as it has matching pants. Otherwise, it can be distinguished as blazer or sportcoat. But if a jacket is in the navy color, tailored with golden buttons (or at least, as prim as that), then it is a blazer. Additionally, suit jackets are made with padded shoulders and are usually in wool fabric. Blazers are also in wool but not as prissy as suit jackets. Sportcoat, well, they’re comfy with their cotton material.
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