It seems like the terms blazer, sport coat, and suit jacket are used interchangeably when it comes to jackets. I know I’ve always been curious as to what they truly meant.
I turned to GQ.com to help solve this debate once and for all. The only problem is, it’s not all black and white.
On a high level, they’re all the same, but it can’t be that simple, right? Yes and no. While suit jackets traditionally come with a matching set of pants and are made of wool, that’s not necessarily the case anymore. Jackets are made in a variety of fabrics, one of my favorites is a cotton canvas. They are sold both with and without pants and many can be easily paired with a pair of dark jeans for casual Friday at the office during the day to the bar after work.
In the end, there really is no definitive definition of a blazer, or a suit jacket. If it fits well, looks good and you enjoy wearing it, buck convention and rock that jacket.
When did tank tops become an acceptable undershirt? I’m going to be honest here, I didn’t really start embracing the tank top as a summer staple until just a few years ago. I don’t know how I had gotten so far without them! I’m still not a huge fan of showing my armpit hair, but I digress.
I hate when people wear tank tops as an undershirt. I could maybe make an exception in the cooler months when it’s not as hot and you’re not sweating buckets. To me, the undershirt’s sole responsibility is to absorb the inevitable parade of sweat that occurs in on your armpit when it’s 95 degrees outside with a 90% humidity. Why spend your hard earned cash on a nice, solid shirt only to yellow it with sweat after two wears. Launder all you want, the stains aren’t going anywhere. It’s much more fiscally responsible too, buy a cheap 6 pack of white t-shirts and throw one on under your shirt. When that shirt gets thinned and yellowed from repeated washings, you can throw it away, instead of that $40 button up.
I love Oxfords. Not the thin shirts that show your undershirt or tank top, but a nice thick, robust shirt that holds it’s own.
They’re are so many options for Oxfords - maybe that’s one reason I love them so much. Even for a summer evening get together, I’ll pull on that crisp, white shirt, roll up the sleeves and be good to go. While I love a good “classic look” brand Oxford from the likes of Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers, brands like Hollister are making shirts with the same strong fabric that I’m absolutely in love with.
Here’s why: Some days you don’t want to tuck your shirt in. Plain and simple.
While RL and BB make beautiful shirts, they all tend to be long in the rear - no doubt designed to be tucked into khakis or slacks. But what about when you want to head to brunch in jeans and not look like a dad with your button up tucked in, or a slub with your over-sized shirt untucked and flapping in the breeze? This is why I’m so in love with Hollister’s collection of Oxfords. They are the perfect length to leave out of your pants and with slim and classic cuts they are modern takes on a classic shirt and perfect for every day wear.