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Dec 16, 2008 11:43 pm

I realize this is a stupid question.  But I actually sat in a store and debated this with myself for about an hour and a half.


Is a nice sportscoat necessary?


I pretty much wear full suits everyday by choice, especially when meeting with someone.  If I'm not meeting with anyone that day, I don't wear a tie. 


So my question is, do you guys prefer full suits or sportscoats?  What does wearing a sportscoat over a suit imply or convey to someone sitting across from you.



I do not own a sportscoat, but saw a very nice Armani one at Nordstrom Rack for $500 down from $1500.
Dec 16, 2008 11:55 pm
iceco1d:

Haha snags,

 
I'm the same way.  I figure, if it's formal enough for a sportscoat, it's formal enough for a suit.  Go for broke, or go home baby! 
 
Business casual = Polo shirt, or collar w/o tie.  Semi-formal = shirt + tie, sometimes with a sweater over top (for the oldies).  Formal = suit. 
 
 
 
You are so east coast.
 
I bet you pop your collar when you're at the Jersey Shore in the summer...
Dec 17, 2008 3:12 am

Pinstripes? A friend of mine referred to something as looking "Gotti." I thought he said gaudy initially. I think any of those things are fine as long as the quality is high. A collared shirt and sports coat with no tie from Brooks Brothers is better to me than a suit from some discounter that looks like it came from a mob film or Snoop Dogg video.

Dec 17, 2008 9:16 am

I wear a sweater over my shirt.. that because it's cold outside. If I have nothing scheduled I go comfortable, because I have never had a walk-in(2nd floor suite) and if I need to change real quick I live 2 minutes from my office. Other than that I wear the suit.

Dec 17, 2008 10:17 am

suit and tie guy.  have owned 1 sportcoat, only use when it is business casual.  i am the same way, if i would wear a sportcoat, i will just wear a full suit 99% of the time instead.  in my area (midwest) a suit is much more formal than a sportcoat, but i guess i want to be viewed that way in my community.

Dec 17, 2008 10:53 am

It depends on the sport coat.  Some look more like a suit jacket, others have herringbone or houndstooth patterns.  Sometimes I will wear a herringbone sport coat with a mock turtle neck or a fashionable crew neck shirt on casual days.  They also can be paired with a nice pair of jeans for casual holiday parties and get togethers.

Dec 17, 2008 1:42 pm

I don't know how people can NOT own at least one good sport coat.  What about going out to dinner, weekends, whatever?  I'm not talking about some goofy herringbone, elbow patch thing, or a gawdy ("Gotti") blue blazer with big brass buttons.  A nice solid black or blue blazer (nice material) that you can wear with several pairs of pants, wear with jeans when necessary.  If you have the right skin tone, you can wear a camel-hair colored jacket. 



 
I wear suits exclusively to the office, but nice, well-tailored sportcoats are very flexible.  The other thing, you avoid the "I'm wearing kahki pants and a button-down shirt with my "Mens-Only" casual jacket"-look.  That makes you look like a cheap CPA.  Instead of the goofy casual jacket, you wear the sport coat.  Then if you're cold, a less-formal overcoat over it.
 
Man, I can't imagine what some of you guys look like.  Raise your hand if you wear white tube-socks with your dark-navy suits.  OK, OK, none of the Jones guys.  Now who?
Just a little self-effacing humor.
Dec 17, 2008 1:54 pm
B24:

I don't know how people can NOT own at least one good sport coat.  What about going out to dinner, weekends, whatever?  I'm not talking about some goofy herringbone, elbow patch thing, or a gawdy ("Gotti") blue blazer with big brass buttons.  A nice solid black or blue blazer (nice material) that you can wear with several pairs of pants, wear with jeans when necessary.  If you have the right skin tone, you can wear a camel-hair colored jacket. 



 
I wear suits exclusively to the office, but nice, well-tailored sportcoats are very flexible.  The other thing, you avoid the "I'm wearing kahki pants and a button-down shirt with my "Mens-Only" casual jacket"-look.  That makes you look like a cheap CPA.  Instead of the goofy casual jacket, you wear the sport coat.  Then if you're cold, a less-formal overcoat over it.
 
Man, I can't imagine what some of you guys look like.  Raise your hand if you wear white tube-socks with your dark-navy suits.  OK, OK, none of the Jones guys.  Now who?
Just a little self-effacing humor.
 
Ok B24, since you are a fan, this looks pretty close to what I was looking at:  http://cgi.ebay.com/1-800-NWT-Armani-Collezioni-Wool-Sport-Coat-42SW0QQitemZ360117152992QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CSA_MC_Blazers_Sport_Coats?hash=item360117152992&trksid=p3286.c0.m14&trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A10%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318#ebayphotohosting
 
What do you think?
 
 
And because you asked, here's my pic:  http://www.geoffspws.com/teenpic.jpg
 
 
 
Dec 17, 2008 2:40 pm

Snags,

 
Dude, you CANNOT go wrong with Armani!
 
That said I don't particularly like the pattern of this jacket but I'm not a pattern guy, I like the solid colors.  I'm sure it'd look good on you though (Caddyshack)
I will concur with B24, a couple of nice sport coats offer mucho flexibility. 
 
What I really like and I hate to pick on the Jonesers are short sleeves with a tie. 
 
Dec 17, 2008 2:46 pm

That's nice.  You just have to make sure you have pants/shirts that match it.  You're pretty much relegated to solids (since the pattern appears to be a check).  But you could wear almost any shade of black, grey, or dark green pants (no blue, brown, etc.).  But you have a few more color options for shirts.  You could wear pinstripe shirts, but they would have to be broad-spaced, not narrow-spaced.  It would look real good with a black turtleneck (or mock) as a casual/nice dinner jacket.  You could also dress it up for work with black pants, white shirt, and red tie.

 
Wow.  I think I'm a chick.
Dec 17, 2008 2:47 pm

You're a good looking man, by the way.

Dec 17, 2008 4:06 pm
jkl1v1n6:

Snags,







. I'm sure it'd look good on you though (Caddyshack)

I will concur with B24, a couple of nice sport coats offer mucho flexibility.







CLASSIC!