Sport coat and jeans??

Discussion in 'Suits' started by Mr_D., Aug 21, 2010.

Sport coat with jeans

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  1. Benproof

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    Oh my. what happened??!

    Suddenly on 8th July 2016, ~ 54% voted for jeans and tweed looking good - a reversal of the winter trend leading up to now!

    Hal - there is a 6oz jean material somewhere made by a manufacturer. I think people think jeans are functional when they refer to 'not washing them for 3 years'. I find the idea just sheer gross, but apparently that is functional: not having to wash jeans : /

    I like cotton twill jeans - you're right about selvedge denim being really abrasive and uncomfortable. It's good for doing jobs like milking the cows and stonewalling but these days I work indoors and the most important critieria is having the most bearable lightness of being during the summer heat. So linen is in! I stopped wearing tweed and jeans; stopped wearing tweed or jeans ... just too warm now that summer's hit.
     
  2. Dirk Wainscotting

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    That voting trend must be the heat making people daft. It's in the air...

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  3. Seb Lucas

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    Not true. Only one of the various jackets Smith wore was of Chinese manufacture. The rest were English made: Donegal, Shetland or Harris and some were custom.
     
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  4. Benproof

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    True...I can't argue with that :)

    Maybe nostalgia....looking back over last season's sports coats and jeans trend has been romanticised. I still like them. One of my older work colleagues was wearing a herringbone jacket today. A kind of gin tonic colour herringbone with maths teachers' trousers. I think his herringbone would have worked better with jeans, although it would have looked like he had suddenly leaped a generation forward.
     
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  5. Edward

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    I take wry amusement from the hipsters who think they did this first - I was mixing a tweed jacket with jeans (or, often, cargo-pocketed combat trousers) in 1995.... Not a look I'd prefer now, but that's how it goes. I imagine it's just people trying to do something new and different, as that's what fashion is about. Often with fashion the need for 'different' rather overtakes the notion of whether it actually looks good: some looks are classic for a reason. others not, equally for good reason. I'm always reminded of those hiking boot type things they did for ladies around 1999 that were like a Cat workboot, but had a high heel. Hideous, but clearly somebody thought 'different' meant 'good'.

    to each their own, of course. I'm intrigued by the thinking behind the shirt / tie / jacket/ waistcoat / jeans / brogues look. It seems to me that the intention is to go for a 'smart-casual' look in a very binary way - make the top half smart, the bottom half casual.
     
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  6. Dirk Wainscotting

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    Well, as far as I'm concerned the only jacket that truly works with jeans is a corduroy jacket. It has just enough of a casual vibe to work with jeans and still raise the tone.
     
  7. Seb Lucas

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    I've worn Harris Tweed with jeans (blue and black) for at least 35 years. I am happy with that combo. Both fabrics are tough working cloth. Cord blazers are good too although down here people sometimes laugh at corduroy blazers - they aren't really a part of Australian culture. I own a couple of nice Ralph Lauren ones. My friends call them the Alex P Keaton, Norman Bates jackets, which kind of says it all. But f-em. :)
     
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    Oh my goodness. You really are my old maths school teacher, right?!

    I have honestly tried to like corduroy. I even bought a pair of corduroy jeans.

    But I just cannot bring myself to wear them.

    My therapist tells me it's because of the geometric form of "cords".

    They resemble the lines I had to do for failing my maths homework. I.e. never-ending. :)

    But that's tosh. We all know it's because once you get a geometric aberration in the cords, where a bit of one cord is missing, it really looks like its' moth ridden. Just cannot compare to a good quality Harris Tweed yay!
     
  9. Dirk Wainscotting

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    Tweed is indeed superior and when worn with real trousers, rather than workman's trousers, even better.
     
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    I do like real trousers although the plastic ones seem to last forever and are a lot cheaper.

    These days, I'm finding linen is really beautiful ... but struggling to figure how to match linen with tweed. I mean..linen trousers can be really light whereas Harris tweed is much thicker and woollier.
     
  11. Dirk Wainscotting

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    I think the solution might be not to wear tweed with linen.
     
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    Mn, I suspect the problem you're finding is because they're largely clothesfor differing seasons. Linen for Summer, Tweed for the other three seasons. A havy tweed jacket and linen trousers would bel ike wearing a parka over shorts....

    Of course, these days there are some companies using a tweed deliberately woven as a lightweight cloth for warmer weather, so you could try that. A Summer-weight tweed jacket with a pair of robust, cream linen trousers would be sharp.
     
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    You mean...this is as bad an idea as wearing plaid checks with stripes?

    Maybe it makes jeans and tweed jackets look conventional :)

    Yes I think you're right....I haven't had the inclination to wear any jacket at all these days. Maybe evenings will be different. I'm embarrassed to say it's t-shirts and jeans in weather like this...
     
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    That sounds about right....in our microclimate weather! Sunny bright summery mornings..thunderstorms in the afternoon, then gale force winds in the evening!

    Cream linen trousers...I wish. I'm afraid I have not mastered wearing anything cream, white, off-white. They always get tyre track marks or engine oil or something. Someone out there might have figured out a proofing agent to retain it's snazzy brightness? Equally I'm suspicious when someone's trousers are too shiny and clean (or possibly envious lol).

    Right...time to burn all of my parka and shorts images. It's just harder to change out of shorts...than to throw a parka over when it gets colder!
     
  15. FStephenMasek

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    It works if the jeans are like new and the sport coat does not look like part of a suit. I bought a sport coat in Laguna Beach last year which is dark blue, and made of wool, silk, and cashmere. It works very well with jeans or tan casual pants, as well as black dress pants.
     
  16. Dirk Wainscotting

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    Ever seen the Man in the White Suit? Tip: don't go out in the rain like Alec Guinness does.
     
  17. Seb Lucas

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    Tweed and linen is not the ideal combo as Edward says. I think tweed looks best with jeans to be honest but I understand Dirk's point of view about tweed with "trousers" it's a conservative viewpoint but one that fits the Golden Era sensibility. I don't mind cord trousers with tweed either but it can look stuffy.

    In the end with clothes it's who wears it and how it's worn that makes it work. Or not.
     
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  18. Fading Fast

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    +1. I own a silk, linen tweed jacket - tweed is the weave that results in the "rough" surface, but because of the fabric (linen and silk) the jacket is relatively light and looks fine with linen trousers. I can't see a wool tweed working with linen as others have already noted.
     
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  19. Dirk Wainscotting

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    Tweed is not a weave; the cloth has a twilled weave. It's the just the nature of the non-combed wool yarns that produce the characteristic cloth. There's no such thing as a linen and silk 'tweed' (even though people refer to it around the net). If it's not wool, the resulting cloth is something else - in this case just a rough, twill-woven linen and silk.
     
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