Summer Sport Coats
Summer is a season for shedding layers, yet when the occasion calls for it, a sport coat can always end up on the menu. It’s a challenge to keep things looking good while still keeping yourself from overheating when the weather is on the hot side. Nighttime is easier, sure, but brunches and daytime parties can often call for slipping into a jacket. We’ve got some boss brands for you to peruse for all of your summertime sport coat needs.
WINNIN’ IN LINNEN
Linen is the savior for menswear on those super hot days when the sun appears to have a vendetta against our best efforts to look good. It’s thin and lightweight, and with its billowy wearability, it can supremely soften our silhouette. Brooks Brothers, famous for their sleek and buttoned-down aesthetic, has got sport jackets in spades. Their Regent Fit Linen Sport Coat is pure masculine grace. Yoke lined and available in three distinctive colors, this Italian-woven linen masterpiece is just the thing to bring some class to a summer dinner party.
For something a bit more breezy, J.Crew’s Ludlow Summerweight Cotton-linen Blazer in Khaki Sand is an airy and slim-fitting piece that says “put together” but with an incredibly relaxed vibe. It’s all the structure you need from a blazer, but without any of the padding or canvasing usually found in a sport coat, making summer comfort a priority. Lastly, Ralph Lauren’s Polo Silk Linen Suit Jacket. This one’s cut from a creamy off-white (and magically light) Irish linen with a handsome trace of brunt umber plaid patterning.
J.Crew Summerwright Cotton-Linen Blazer in Khaki Sand, $168
Traditional menswear has had a long history, particularly in the last two decades, of shying away from color. You don’t have to be a foppish valentino to pull off bringing some vibrancy and brightness to your wardrobe. Yes, pocket squares and ties can do the heavy lifting for you, but why not take a chance on a daring and colorful blazer this summer?
Who doesn’t love a deep blue jacket, right? An essential for every man’s closet, Versace’s Stretch Cotton Formal Jacket is just the thing. It’s a lightweight, single-breasted coat that pairs well with jeans or with a great tailored pair of slacks. Paul Smith has become the herald for colorful blazers, with their Suit To Travel In – Men’s Slim-Fit Turquoise Wool Blazer. It’s bright, fun, and guaranteed to set you apart from a sea of gray and black jackets. Alternatively, if you want to stick with standard blue, Paul Smith also carries an electric variety with their Slim-Fit Indigo Stretch-Cotton Buggy-Lined Blazer that would look excellent when topping off a great cotton tee and some jeans.
PRACTICAL BUT PATTERNED
Jackets featuring patterns are an excellent route for a dressier summer occasion. Plaids, stripes, and even prints are all possible, especially when they’re cut from the right cloth. That, and paired with an appropriate button-down. Armani’s Two Button Jacket is a grey and blue crosshatched crêped cosmopolitan stunner. The pattern here is less blocky polka dot and more slick artistic chic. The same jacket is also available in a geometric black and white patterned version. Small triangles cover the surface of the whole coat, giving you an eye- catching edge for a summertime a air.
Crown and Ivy’s Classic-Fit Motion Stretch Navy Paisley Print Sport Coat is a stylish and flattering option for a fun warm weather outing. It’s a fabulously soft cotton-blend with an exquisite paisley pattern that pairs excellently with dark pants.
STAND OUT IN SEERSUCKER
Bring some good old-fashioned glamor to your look this summer with a seersucker coat. Light and easy to throw on, the coat has flattering vertical lines, while the textured brightness will enliven what could otherwise be washed out and boring.
Vineyard Vines has a whimsical take on the traditional seersucker jacket in the form of their Whale Embroidered Seersucker. Evoking some serious Kentucky Derby style, it features small stitched whales sparsely scattered almost like polka dots across the entire piece. For the traditionalist in you, Brooks Brothers has a quintessential option with the Madison Fit Seersucker Jacket, which can be outfitted with a pair of matching slacks if the occasion calls.
Vineyard Vines Whale Embroidered Seersucker Blazer