Will Sports Jackets Replace Blazers As Men’s Fashion Staple?
Probably the biggest appeal when it comes to sports jackets is the variety on offer and thus, the opportunities individuals have to come up with a unique look. Although sports jackets will primarily always be associated with dressing down a look, many brands sell smart looking track tops, as well as other styles, which can actually lend itself to a slick and polished general appearance.
Will the sports jacket eventually take the man for all seasons crown from the blazer?
Head to Head
The great thing with a sports jacket is that you can wear it with anything else you want from a layering perspective. A jacket can be as close or as loosely fitted as you want it to be, helping you to move easily and add a sports shirt or a jumper underneath. Where the blazer can fall down is that you can only add a very thin piece of knitwear to the look, between either your button down shirt or casual t-shirt. As much as the blazer look has been championed in the past, it is undeniable that this leads to less opportunities for outfit building.
For All Times?
Not everyone wears a suit to work, or at least the blazer part, all of the time. A sports jacket can look just as smart, and also leave you feeling more relaxed and looking the part should you head out for dinner or to a nearby bar with work colleagues at the end of the day. I have friends who now leave their blazers at work, and simply wear them during formal meetings with higher level executives who, I am led to believe, also do the same thing!
At the top of the article we mentioned the flexibility associated with sports jackets, and that rings true in their seasonal usage, too. With several jackets now being technologically advanced, particularly those made by dedicated sportswear manufacturers, it is possible to have the one jacket to do a job for you the whole year round. Whether it is a waterproof, a windbreaker, or something to keep you warm, sports jackets are available for any use.
My personal thought is that the sports jacket will actually become the essential accompaniment to the blazer, rather than an outright replacement. Many great looks can be achieved wearing both garments, so blazers should remain on fashionable men’s radars for a long time yet.