Pulling-Off the Plaid Sport Coat

October 8th, 2011

The temperature here in NYC has finally started to cool off consistently, making it the perfect time to start layering in blazers.

You don’t need a jacket or a coat yet, just something to throw over your shoulders to break the breeze. One of my go-tos this time of year is a plaid or windowpane sportcoat (or suit jacket, if the fabric is right).

Early Fall is also a great time to begin introducing some autumn-worthy color palettes (think organic, earthy, rustic).

Here, three jackets with a punch in color palettes inspired by mother nature herself. 

 1. Madmen Modern

This plaid cotton jacket works well for Summer (because it’s cotton and unlined) and for Fall (because the colors are cool and neutral).

Try a soft jacket over a fitted v-neck knit for a weekend-chic look (although maybe not 100% appropriate for the bball court…even though I was giving Wes buckets).

  • Blue plaid cotton jacket ·
  • Teal ribbed v-neck by Gucci ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Brown alligator belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Navy shades by Zanerobe ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker ·
  • Leather duffle bag by Lotuff & Clegg ·
  • Burgundy penny loafers by Bass

2. Retro Plaid

I was sketpical about this look at first. The sweater & jeans was the outfit I was wearing throughout the day before we started to shoot, so for efficiency sake I just said f-ck it and threw the jacket on top. It wasn’t until I saw the photo that I noticed the orange gradient in the shades tying everything together. What can I say, sometimes you get lucky – it’s the benefit of having a well curated wardrobe.

Tip: Browns and oranges work very well together, come in countless shades, and flatter almost any skin type.

Tip II: Don’t restrict your wardrobe; a suit jacket is a blazer and a blazer is a suit jacket. (Okay, not technically if you’re a purist, but if the fabric has some texture and pattern to it you’re doing yourself a disservice by not crossing it over).

  • Grey/Brown windowpane suit jacket ·
  • Marled V-neck Sweater by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Beige henley t-shirt by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ·
  • Orange jeans by Levis ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc ·
  • Oxblood captoe dress boots by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • Tortoise shades by Persol ·
  • Brown leather duffle by Frank Clegg Leatherworks

3. Autumn Colors

Browns and rusts here again.

Tip: If the windowpane on the jacket has some color in it, you can pick it up in other pieces of your outfit to tie everything together (like the pants here, or the sweater, jeans and henley in look 2).

Tip II: Peak lapels can make a casual jacket look slightly dressier and suave. Not to mention I love the look of having them nonchalantly popped as it cools down.

  • Brown poplin shirt ·
  • Grey/Brown windowpane suit jacket ·
  • Lavender pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson ·
  • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Leather duffle bag by Lotuff & Clegg ·
  • Rust hopsack trousers ·
  • Brown alligator belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Brown leather wingtips by Gucci

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford.