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1 Piece/3 Ways: The Sweater Jacket

December 18th, 2013

We all know men are creatures of comfort. As tailoredwear has become more and more popular, that hasn’t changed. We have, however, begun to see hybrid designs that cross the formal shape of a tailored blazer with the the comfort and function of knit fabrics.

Turns out the sweater-jacket (swaket? jweater?), when properly executed, is a very versatile and flattering piece. It can be a smart investment to crossover between your office and weekend wardrobes.

Here’s one of my favorites – a textured jersey knit by Giorgio Armani (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations) – along with three ways to wear it.

1. Office Ready

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Sure it’s soft, stretchy and comfortable like a sweater, but it’s still a tailored jacket. Pairing it with a spread collar, dark trousers and sharp wingtips makes it easily office appropriate.

Try offsetting the casualness of the knit fabric with a serious business shirt, like this banker style number with french cuffs. A textured seasonal tie can be a nice middle ground to tie the two together.

On a side note; don’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a 3/4 length camel coat. It’s one of those pieces that will fill a lot of holes in your wardrobe and you’ll wear it for years to come. This double-breasted military inspired version by Burberry is the perfect coat for the modern gentleman – whether he’s heading to the office, the bar, or a football game.

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After developing and wearing the Gentlemo for my work with Gillette and Movember, I’ve been loving the old school gentleman feel of the mustache. I’ve also been playing with different versions of it. Here, for example, I’m keeping the original ‘Gentlemo’ but letting the beard stubble slowly catch up.

Shout out to my boy Jeff and the crew at Blind Barber LA for the fresh cut!

Another shout out to my agent Andrew Weitz at WME who, when he’s not managing some serious Hollywood talent, he’s designing pocket squares like this one and dabbling in the menswear game.

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These Gucci’s are still kicking after 6 years!

Aging like fine wine!

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Classic Camel Hair Coat



Light Navy Essential Suit

2. Chalkstripe Separates

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To answer a reader question that we received the other day: pinstripes can absolutely be worn as separates (more elaborate post on that coming soon).

This is an easy middle ground look, perfect for any “business casual” occasion or “semi formal” event. This type of look (tailored but soft, comfy and unstructured) can be considered dressed-up or dressed-down depending on the context and, more importantly, your attitude and demeanor.

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It’s the Holiday season – time to get all warm and fuzzy.

Time to combine some awesome Fall/Winter TEXTURES:

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I love highlighting affordable shoe brands with solid design and construction. Beckett Simon recently sent me these goodyear welted monk straps that retail for only $139. I can’t vouch for their quality yet since I just started wearing them, but they’re plenty comfortable and feel durable.

If you’re looking for a pair of shoes in the $100-$130 range, I would check them out. It’ll be hard to do better (at retail price).

These are a little more casual feeling than my other, more sleek, dub monks. I like the country feel of the rounded toe and larger brass hardware. They feel more like weekend dub monks, if such a thing exists.

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Navy Chalkstripe Flannel Suit



White USA Oxford Shirt

  • Paint splatter tortoise frames by Mikli Paris ·
  • Burgundy knit blazer by Giorgio Armani (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations) ·
  • Handknit wool/silklinen crewneck by Ralph Lauren Black Label ·
  • White linen pocket square ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Goodyear Welted Chestnut Double Monk strap loafers by Beckett Simon
  • · White oxford shirt by Thom Browne
  • · Navy flannel chalkstripe trousers (part of 3-piece suit)

3. Weekend Chill

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This is a simple sweater and jeans weekend combo, it just doesn’t look like it.

Sweaters don’t have to look schlubby and jeans are not always made of denim (these wool flannel jeans are one of my favorite pairs).

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Consider limiting your color palette. You don’t need more than 3-4 colors in an outfit, your better off with different shades and textures of the same colors. Here for example, it’s just burgundy, grey and black.

A touch of burgundy in the lenses was a lucky coincidence. Shout out to Lookmatic for the new shades; a classically shaped go-to that you can customize on their website. That said, I have been into more unique and expressive eyewear lately…post on that coming soon as well.

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Speaking of new footwear, these sleek leather ankle strap ‘Jodphur‘ boots are among the sexiest footwear I own. I’m telling you, everybody appreciates these. From rocker/biker guys, to hood dudes, to hot chicks…very few people can deny that these are a great looking pair of shoes. And people love great looking shoes.

Thanks to Tobias and the good folks behind the German brand ShoePassion.com for reaching out. Check them out!

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  • “Ricky” shades by Lookmatic ·
  • Burgundy knit blazer by Giorgio Armani (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations) ·
  • Beige/Black/Red Patterened Silk Scarf by Etro ·
  • Burgundy diagonal-rib crewneck sweater by Saks Fifth Avenue ·
  • Grey wool flannel 5-pocket jeans by Z Zegna ·
  • “Jodhpur” leather ankle boots by ShoePassion.com

 

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style

 

Photography by Alex Crawford