The Rise of the Sportcoat
Friday, July 5, 2013
By Davis Wilder
Let’s face it. Men don’t dress the way they did fifteen years ago. The economy was good. Bankers, lawyers, real estate agents; almost everyone was wearing a suit daily. I vividly remember going to The Montgomery Country Club as a child and seeing men loosening their ties after a day at the office. If I was to go back today, I feel certain I’d see far fewer suits, and far more knit and sport shirts. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. It’s just what has happened.
In recent years though, we’re seeing more and more men wearing sport coats. Whether with jeans and a sport shirt, dress trousers and an open collar dress shirt, or (much more rarely) with a tie, a great blazer and sport coat has become an integral part of the male wardrobe.
My dad always told me, “Dress for where you want to be, not for where you are”. That sentiment has always stood out to me. When the economy tanked, people stopped dressing up. They dressed proportionately to where they were in life. Business went south, why dress up? I’d say that when things get tough is when it’s absolutely imperative to dress for where you want to be, not for where you are. And I think men are catching on to that idea.
A suit may no longer be your everyday attire, but a sport coat absolutely should be. No matter what your profession, you ought to have a coat, at the very least, hanging in your office for when the occasion calls for it! There is absolutely zero question that the better dressed you are, the more confidence you instill in your client. Your blue jeans, boots, and button down sport shirt are immediately made into a very respectable outfit by tossing on that tan sport coat you have hanging in your office.
I love wearing jeans. I own more 5 pocket pants than dress trousers. I still always have a coat on or hanging in the office. The perfect sport coat goes with almost everything you have in your closet, including jeans. We call this an “easy” coat, as it doesn’t require much thought as to how you wear it. You can wear it to church on Sunday or just walking around downtown with the family on a Saturday afternoon.
Every man needs at least one sport coat (and of course a navy blazer) that he can throw on with almost anything he has in his wardrobe. Whether you’re on your way to dinner at Hamilton’s or headed to a business meeting, a sport coat shows that you truly care how you present yourself.