Also known as a Lounge Jacket, is a very well-known formal jacket that is often worn with a matching pair of trousers. It can be found in a single and or double-breasted buttoning style. It can also be in a peak or notch lapel.
A Blazer is a jacket that is almost formal as a suit jacket and unlike the above jacket, the blazer doesn’t have matching pants. It is synonymous with most formal uniforms like school, high-ranked police or navy, even for members of sports clubs. It is easily spotted with metallic buttons usually gold or bronze.
Traditionally it was a jacket worn by participants of outdoor sporting activities such as golf and horseback riding, later it was adopted by people attending. This jacket is most commonly made with thicker fabrics such as tweed and corduroy just to name a few. It is also noticeable in a notch lapel and patch pockets which came in handy for sports personnel to keep and access their accessories with ease while playing.
Another sporty jacket which was named after the Duke of Norfolk. A waist-belted jacket was originally designed as a shooting jacket. It also became fashionable as it was later spotted being worn by the Prince of Wales. Some nations are still using this style for their police uniform.
Some call it a Sahara jacket, it’s another waist-belted jacket designed for outdoor activities usually in the bush on a sunny day. It is a lightweight, unstructured jacket often made in cotton or poplin and unlike the Norfolk, it has two extra chest pockets. Traditionally in a khaki colour and it had an option of long or short matching trousers.
Also known as the Tail Coat, is worn on formal occasions such as weddings now recently quite popular at premium horse racing events such at the Royal Ascot. This tail coat, some know it as the penguin jacket has also evolved with time. The front of the jacket was cropped above the waist mostly in a double-breasted style and the back with a long skirt with a long-centred slit. Now, the Morning Coat is a single-breasted, with a single button and can be in a peak or notch, but the traditional colours are predominantly black or grey.
In British context, is known as a Dinner Jacket. However, the name Tuxedo has its origin from the United States of America, a region called Tuxedo Park. A Tux was the modern version of the tail coat, as it was less complicated yet looked very formal and elegant. This is what men wear now during “black-tie” events. It has a matching pair of trouser, but since Tux jackets come in different patterns the pants are always plain black or while and a black satin stripe on the outer seam. The jacket can be in a single or double breasted and can be in a peak or shawl and even a notch lapel.
A Trench is one classic yet timeless piece that is still relevant even today for most men. A Trench was worn by military soldiers in the trenches of the first World War, that’s how the name came about. This coat is made from solid cotton gabardine fabric and it’s simply an alternative of a rain coat. It is always in a double-breasted sequence and well-spotted in a khaki colour. It can also be found in below-hips and below-knees length.
One of the most classic and popular coats that has become a staple piece for most gentlemen. Some are still using the word “trench” for every long over-coat even this one. An Over Coat as simply called is just another coat that one wears over a suit jacket or can even replace that jacket depending on the weather or mood. It comes in all three lapels big and small, it can also be in a single or double (multi-buttons) breasted style.
Almost identical to the over coat, the Crombie is easily spotted with its signature velvet collar and sometimes has velvet elbow patches. The name Crombie comes from a British brand Crombie, which was famous for making three-quarter length coats. Ever since then, the name stuck the same way every toothpaste is called Colgate (lol).
Just like the previous articles, not all these jackets and coats appeal to every gentleman but it’s always good to know one when you see it and being able to spot the differences. There is more but we’ll cover those closer to our southern hemisphere fall season.
Until Next time…