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Article: THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEN'S JACKETS: COMPLETE GUIDE

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THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEN'S JACKETS: COMPLETE GUIDE

Are you an appearance-conscious man? If you want to perfect your dressing style to stand out at special events, at work or on a date, you must first understand the importance of choosing the right type of jacket, which is an essential part of any well-thought-out men's wardrobe!

Discover now the nuances between the different types of jackets available on the market - including among our sport jacket collections at Ernest! 

WHAT IS A JACKET?

A classic jacket is a two-button jacket available in more fitted or casual cuts. Originally, in the 1660s, this garment was associated with military uniforms. In the 19th century, it spread to more elegant versions, mainly intended for the bourgeoisie. In the 1950s, jackets were almost always gray, and a decade later, colours finally appeared. Today, jackets are a must for politicians, businessmen and others.


THE MAIN TYPES OF MEN'S JACKETS 

Here's an overview of what you need to know about the different types of men's jackets.


Blazer

The blazer is like a cross between a sports jacket and a more formal jacket, making it an intermediate garment to be worn with a variety of pants (e.g. chinos) and a nice sweater or shirt. Comfortable, the contemporary blazer is chic enough to be worn when you want to make a stylish statement (e.g., happy hour, dinner with colleagues). Interesting fact: The original blazer was navy blue with gold buttons, which is typical of military clothing!

Suit jacket

Unlike the blazer, which can be worn with any pair of pants, the suit jacket is inseparable from its matching pants, cut from an identical fabric. In other words, wearing it with other pants is a faux pas to be avoided at all costs! Often in a classic colour (black, navy, gray, etc.), it features details such as back slits, piped pockets, a pointed or notched collar and tone-on-tone buttons. Elegant as can be, it's usually worn with a dress shirt and tie or bow tie.

Sport jacket

Did you know that the sports jacket takes its name from its original use? In the 19th century, it was worn for outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing! Today's sports jacket is versatile. It can be worn for both chic and casual styles. It all depends on what you accessorize it with! Perfect for the office, it goes well with pants of all kinds and can be worn with a sports shirt, turtleneck sweater or quality t-shirt, for example.


Tweed jacket

Tweed is a woollen fabric that originated in Scotland. In the 19th century, wool was the most popular material, appreciated for its warmth and durability. The tweed jacket, whose appearance varies according to the type of weave, was recognized as a symbol of aristocracy and high society. Depending on your mood, you can wear it as a mid-season coat and combine it with a shirt and pants in bold colours or checks, for example. Add a pretty scarf and you're sure to catch everyone's eye!


Jacket double-breasted

The men's double-breasted jacket is a jacket whose flaps overlap when buttoned. It was popularized by post-war Hollywood cinema (think Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca). As this kind of jacket "boosts" your charisma and confidence, wear it on occasions when you want to be taken seriously. With matching or contrasting pants and a well-fitted top, you'll look great!

Unstructured jacket

In a way, this garment is THE symbol of Italian style. With its flowing cut and natural bend, the unstructured jacket has the advantage of creating a style that's both classic and casual. And it's easy to style: according to the experts, you can combine it with most pieces in your wardrobe.


Tuxedo jacket

The tuxedo is certainly a cult piece of formal men's fashion. It is always worn for special events (galas, awards ceremonies, balls, weddings, etc.). The elegant jacket features silk or satin lapels, reminiscent of the silk stripe down the side of the trouser leg. For the perfect look, opt for polished shoes, a chic watch and cufflinks

Velvet jacket

Velvet is a material that has come back into fashion in recent years. So, a velvet jacket can be worn in just about any circumstance. Depending on your preferences, you can create a bold style and a polished look. Regarding colour, brown, rust, green and blue are currently in vogue.

Remember: no matter what type of jacket you have, never close the last button!

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT JACKET?

To find the perfect jacket, consider the type of event, your body type and your style preferences. For personalized recommendations, consult our stylists at Ernest: thanks to their in-depth knowledge of men's fashion, they'll be able to find you the right jacket and other pieces for your outfit. That way, you can be sure you're dressed right, and on-trend!

Read also our articles to deepen your knowledge of the essential jacket colours for every man, learn how to match your jacket with the rest of your outfit, find out the best way to care for it and, above all, know how to wear it well to enhance your silhouette.

Last but not least, a jacket is often a long-term purchase and one that will last if you opt for neutral styles. So go for quality - we look forward to meeting you in one of our boutiques!

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