Harrington Jacket Review Baracuta G9 – Is It Worth It?

Today, we discuss whether the Harrington jacket g9 from Baracuta is worth your money or not.

How The Harrington Jacket Came To Be

Basically, the origins are unclear because, on the one hand, you have John and Isaac Miller who founded the company Baracuta and claimed to have invented the Harrington jacket in 1937. The other English company Grenfell claims that they invented the Harrington jacket as early as 1931. Unfortunately, the records aren’t clear so we’ll never be able to prove who invented what.

Steve McQueen in navy Harrington Jacket
Steve McQueen in navy Harrington Jacket

That being said, Baracuta has been more associated with the Harrington jacket and their model number is the g9. Baracuta made their name with rainwear and John and Isaac Miller were avid golfers and that helped inspire the design and the qualities of the jacket because it’s often used on the golf course. Baracuta offers different jackets such as the g4 or the g10 and I guess in the g9, the G stands for golf.

Elvis Presley in a Harrington Jacket
Elvis Presley in a Harrington Jacket

As you can see, there’s a close relation between golfing and the Harrington jacket. For example, if you look at the angled flat pockets, they’re ideal to keep golf balls and the ribs at the hip allow you to freely swing. In the 1930s, golf was mainly a sport for the wealthy and as such, the Baracuta jacket which was worn in the golf courses became somewhat of a status symbol. By the 1950s, Ivy League students made the Baracuta g9 jacket a part of the preppy style.

Dean in an iconic publicity still from Rebel Without a Cause, wearing his signature red Harrington jacket.
Dean in an iconic publicity still from Rebel Without a Cause, wearing his signature red Harrington jacket.

In the 1950s and 60s, some of Hollywood icons wore the Baracuta g9 and some of the most memorable films of the decade. For example, in 1955, James Dean wore it in Rebel without a cause. In 1958, Elvis Presley wore it in King Creole and last but not least, in 1968, Steve McQueen wore the Baracuta g9 in the Thomas Crown Affair. He was also known as the king of cool and he even wore it on the cover of Life magazine. Because of that, Baracuta became synonymous with cool successful people. Now, Steve McQueen didn’t just wear the Baracuta g9 on the set but just like Frank Sinatra or Gregory Peck, he also wore it personally in his spare time. That really helped cement the status of a cool jacket for the Baracuta g9.

So how did they get the name, Harrington jacket? Actually, that was until 1964. It was a popular TV series by the name of Peyton Place and the actor Ryan O’Neal starred as Rodney Harrington wore it and because of that, it got the name Harrington jacket. There was a popular menswear retailer by the name of John Simmons and he really marketed that name Harrington jacket too. After the G9’s initial popularity in the 50s and 60s, the interest vanished a bit but it usually came back into popularity at least once a decade. Despite all that, the Baracuta G9 Harrington jacket remains one of the most timeless and stylish iconic jackets that you can have in a casual world.

Harrington Jacket Racing Green Baracuta
Harrington Jacket in Racing Green from Baracuta

What Makes The Baracuta G9 So Special?

So other than famous people wearing it, what exactly makes it so special?

It simply is a waist long jacket that is quite fitted and has a pleasing silhouette. It comes in many different materials but the classic is a cotton poly blend which is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. It’s meant to be water resistant and weather resistant and therefore, it’s not as soft to the touch as the inside which is 80% cotton and 20% polyester.

Baracuta sells the g9 jacket in a range of options including suede leather, regular leather, camouflage, and teddy bear fabric. Sometimes you can also find them in tweed but frankly, the classic jacket is always the poly-cotton blend. The classic g9 generally has a solid outside color even though you can find it with patterns and stuff like camouflage these days.

Baracuta G9 made in England
Baracuta G9 made in England

On the inside, you usually find a plaid or a tartan out of green, red, blue, and white which is also known as a Fraser tartan. It feels quite soft, breathable, and comfortable just like the cotton ribs on the end of the sleeves and the waist. When you walk, you can hear your arms rubbing a bit on the shell but it’s by no means as loud as the Canada Goose jacket.

The classic g9 version features angled side pockets with a flap and a button closure, the more modern interpretations have snap buttons. The size I’m wearing in the video is a 42 which is pretty much true to size. It really isn’t too big such like a Barbour Beaufort. I was positively surprised by the length of the sleeves in a size 42 which is much better than on all the Barbour waxed jackets we reviewed.

Just like the iconic Burberry trench coat or the Barbour waxed jackets, the Baracuta g9 features a Raglan sleeve because it is better to let the water roll off. The front zipper is a double metal zipper from YKK and it works quite well. I also like the fact of double zippers that you can always open them depending on how hot you are or close them to your desired position. It basically features a straight collar that can be flapped over if you want to for a different look. If you look at the back of the jacket, it has a very interesting yoke that was inspired by an umbrella and the idea is that water can roll up your jacket very conveniently without getting you wet. Ingeniously, they also added vent holes in there. That way, you don’t overheat very easily.

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket
Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket

Modern Baracuta g9 jackets are made of a shell fabric called Coolmax which is supposed to be very breathable and also water repellent. Today, the jackets are made in England but that wasn’t always the case. There was a time it was outsourced to Asia and other countries but they brought it back to England for good measure. Looking at the seams, they all have a very high stitch density, they’re straight and sewn very close to the edge so the workmanship, overall, is very good.

Overall, the garment feels very well made even though the YKK zippers are not the best ones on the market. Baracuta also pays attention to details, for example, if you look at the buttons, you can see the engraving Baracuta g9 and 1937 which was the year it was designed. Now, it also has a shank which makes sense for the thickness of the fabric but the buttons are plastic and not horn. After all, it is a factory made garment but it is well made. You can tell by looking at the buttonholes, they were cut first and then sewn with a machine. Cheaper buttonholes are sewn first and then cut leaving you with more residual threads.

Is The Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket Worth It?

Well, it retails for $ 390 in the US and as I said before, I would stick with a classic cotton polyblend one simply because that’s the iconic jacket and it’s the least expensive one. While $ 390 are not a bargain for a casual jacket that you will mostly wear during spring or fall season, I still think there is a place for it in your wardrobe.

First of all, it comes in a really large range of colors but it also has a very pleasing slim modern cut, even though it was designed in 1937. Frankly, before I bought one, I didn’t anticipate liking it as much as I do now. Of course, the fact that James Dean and Steve McQueen wore it is certainly not detracting from it.

At the same time, I’m more focused on the materials themselves and I’m really pleased with the length of the sleeves which is often something I find challenging because I have above-average long arms. Personally, I’m also a big fan of the 1930s and having items that are originally from the time period or at least inspired by it are always a plus in my book.

Sven Raphael Schneider in green Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket with Chino
Sven Raphael Schneider in green Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket with Chino

On top of that, it’s very functional jacket; I can wear it when it’s raining outside when I need to pick up some groceries or drop off my daughter somewhere, Of course, you can also use it playing golf or you could even wear it shooting. Although, I think a waxed cotton jacket such as the Barbour jacket is better suited for that.

If you consider the price per wear and you just wear it ten times during the spring and ten times during the fall for just ten years, that breaks down to $ 1.95 per wear which I think is totally worth it.

Of course, you can also get the jackets used on places such as eBay but really understand what you’re buying and who you’re buying from and make sure you can return a jacket because there are lots of fakes on eBay, especially the ones sold from Eastern Europe, so buyer beware!

So in conclusion, I think the Baracuta g9 Harrington jacket is worth its money even at the retail price level for almost any man out there interested in classic men’s clothing and even more casual clothing because it is a more casual jacket.


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Should You Wear a Jacket with a T-shirt?

In the warmer months of the year, it’s only natural to try to cut down on the number of layers you’ll be wearing each day. After all, with fewer garments on your body, you’ll generally stay cooler.

Even so, different situations call for different dress codes. A day at the beach may be well suited by shorts and a simple shirt but a summer business meeting at the office is still going to require something more formal and even within these general frameworks, dressing up a little bit more than others is still something that can be done. As an example, wearing a polo shirt, dressier shorts, and boat shoes to a barbecue will look infinitely more stylish than simply wearing a t-shirt, cargo shorts, and sandals.

Can One Effectively Pair A T-shirt With A Jacket?

Our answer, in a nutshell, is that we wouldn’t exactly recommend it. There are a host of other more stylish options out there. Still, if you are really dying to pair these two garments together, there are ways to do it that are better than others.

On that note then, let’s try to tackle the reasoning behind why someone would conceivably want to pair these two articles of clothing together:

  • Firstly, it definitely presents a casual vibe in the overall scale of formality, it would probably rank even below smart casual in full-on casual wear.
  • Secondly and perhaps more practically speaking, it can get hot during the summer months. Given that a t-shirt doesn’t often have long sleeves, you’ll be removing that extra bit of fabric from your frame and thus staying cooler.

Reasons Not To Attempt Wearing A T-Shirt With A Jacket

They’re At Greatly Different Levels Of Formality

When any garments of greatly different levels of formality are paired together, the overall formality of the outfit skews downward, not upward. In other words, pairing a t-shirt with a jacket doesn’t dress up the t-shirt, it only dresses down the jacket.

It Will Make You Look Dated

The height of the trend of wearing t-shirts and jackets together came in the 1980s as perhaps best exemplified by the TV show, Miami Vice. Not only were t-shirts worn with jackets and even full suits but the cut and colors were baggy and bright, respectively. If you do try wearing a t-shirt with a jacket today even if the fit is more trim and the colors are more muted, most people’s first associations are still going to be with the 80s and you’ll have the general effect of looking like a throwback.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice

You might be wondering how is this any different from the Gentleman’s Gazette’s frequent praise of early 20th century fashions? Well, the simple answer right now is that the 1980s are just dated enough that most of their fashions aren’t in style anymore but still, just current enough that some of those trends are hanging on. In other words, it’s kind of an uncanny valley in terms of time right now and being caught in the middle, wearing some of these distinctly 80s fashions is just going to make you look dated instead of like someone who’s celebrating these stylistic choices of an earlier era.

There Are Endless Alternatives

Finally, there are simply a great number of more stylish alternatives at your disposal than pairing a t-shirt and a jacket together.

How To Pull Off The T-Shirt With Jacket Combo

Choose Crew Neck Over V-Neck

The crew neck is a little bit more modest and will tamp down some of those 80s vibes. In terms of fit, the t-shirt shouldn’t be too baggy or too tight. If the t-shirt is baggy, you’re just going to look sloppy and not very well put together and if the t-shirt is too tight, you’re just going to look like you have something to prove or you’re trying to show off your physique.

statement shirts are definitely not dapper
statement shirts are definitely not dapper

Stay Away From Flashy Colors & Patterns

This should go without saying but absolutely no graphic tees, period. Solid and muted colors or perhaps a subtle pattern such as a Breton stripe will help to formalize the t-shirt just a little bit and bring it slightly more in line with the formality of the jacket. If you do still want to incorporate some color and pattern into your outfit, you can do so using your jacket within reason or better yet using a smaller accessory like a pocket square.

Choose Your Jacket Wisely

In terms of jacket styles, it’s best to go with a summer weight odd sport coat or blazer rather than a suit jacket. As we mentioned above, a suit jacket and a t-shirt are so wildly different in levels of formality that they’ll basically be actively fighting with each other if you try to wear them together.

J. Press Chinos
J. Press Chinos

Opt For Odd trousers

Cotton chinos or slacks in a neutral color and preferably without a pattern will casualize and ground the outfit at the same time. Wearing a t-shirt under a matching suit jacket and trousers is a one-way ticket to 80sVille.

Tuck In Your T-Shirt

An additional style tip for wearing a t-shirt under a jacket, make sure that the t-shirt is tucked in; if it’s untucked, things are just going to look that much more discordant in terms of formality and they really won’t work.

Recommended Stylish Alternatives

Open Collar Dress Shirts

Firstly, just wearing a standard dress shirt with an open collar under your jacket should still keep you cooler than if you were wearing a tie and it will look better as the dress shirt and jacket are closer in terms of overall formality.

Silk Cotton Polo
Silk Cotton Polo

Go For A Polo

Short sleeved dress shirts under jackets or even on their own can look a bit dorky so they’re best avoided. Not only should a polo worn under a jacket keep you cooler but also because it’s well within the realm of smart casual and therefore, closer to something like a summer weight sport coat or blazer, you can feel free to experiment to a greater degree with the colors or subtle patterns of your polo so long as they harmonize with those of your jacket. Just make sure that everything is working in harmony and of course, be sure also that your polo is tucked in.

As a bonus tip here, long-sleeved polos in darker jewel tones can work well under jackets in the cooler months of the year as well. Whether short-sleeved or long-sleeved, there is one potential pitfall of pairing a polo with a jacket and that’s the polo shirt’s more unstructured collar. In order to make sure things are looking good, give a check every once in a while just to see that things aren’t bunched up underneath your jacket’s collar. If you do this, wearing a polo with a jacket should be a look that you can pull off well and it will come off casually overall.

Henley shirt
Henley shirt

Henley Shirts

A happy middle ground between a standard t-shirt and a polo would be the Henley shirt. It isn’t quite as easy to pair with a jacket as a polo would be but it’s slightly easier than a standard t-shirt. Follow the guidelines we gave for pairing t-shirts and jackets together with your Henleys and you should end up looking good.

CONCLUSION

So there are our opinions on wearing t-shirts with jackets. Skip it for full suits as the difference in formality between the garments is simply going to be too great. If you want to wear a t-shirt with an odd jacket and trousers, you can do so slightly more easily and one additional note here, if keeping cool is your main aim, then look into getting jackets without an interlining in them and in lightweight summer fabrics.

What are your own personal opinions on pairing t-shirts with jackets? We’ll be glad to hear your thoughts!


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Barbour Waxed Cotton Jacket: Is It Worth It?

The Barbour waxed jacket is probably one of the most iconic pieces of men’s outerwear there is. With its casual appearance, its waxed cotton shell that is water resistant, it has become a staple in the English gentleman’s wardrobe. Barbour jackets don’t just represent the British country look but they are great for any kind of outdoorsman who wants to hunt, fish, or just not afraid of the elements.

Over the years, the brand of Barbour has become synonymous with waxed cotton jackets that many just call them Barbour jackets even though Barbour produces a range of jackets that are not waxed cotton. Because Barbour has such a huge range of outdoor jackets, we picked the most classic three waxed cotton jackets and compared them to one another; those are the Barbour Beaufort, the Barbour Bedale, and the Barbour Ashby.

John Barbour
John Barbour

Barbour’s History

The company was started in 1894 by a Scotsman, John Barber, in South Shields in England and back then, he was an importer of oilcloth. During World War II, Barbour produced the waterproof suits for the British submarine service. After the war, Barbour continued to produce and market its weatherproof garments, particularly to sportsmen. It took until 1974 until his Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, gave Barbour the first royal warrant. Basically, the Royal Warrant means that you can supply your goods to the monarch and his family. The Queen followed with a royal warrant in 1982, followed by Prince Charles in 1987.

In 1993, the Beaufort model was introduced which is probably the most well known waxed cotton jacket out of the three we have here. The company Barbour is still owned by the fifth-generation family of Barbour and interestingly, you cannot buy the jackets directly from them but just from distributors and stores. They even have a shop locator on the website and they have a very widespread dealer network so it’s very easy to find a Barbour jacket no matter where you are in the world.

Barbour Beaufort, Barbour Bedale, & Barbour Ashby

Similarities:

  • They’re all made out of a hundred percent cotton canvas that’s about six pounds heavy and it’s overall a medium weight. It is then treated with a silk oil wax that gives us it’s typical weatherproof characteristics.
  • It also provides this matte satin shiny finish that a lot of people like. Over the years, it will develop a patina that becomes very characteristic of the waxed cotton jacket.
  • All three jackets have the typical washed corduroy collar which gives it a typical country look. They all feature moleskin lined hand warmer pockets, raglan sleeves, as well as roomy bellowspockets the feature snap buttons which allows you to keep your collar together when it’s really rainy and the elements are hard on you.
Sven Raphael Wearing the Beaufort, Bedale, & Ashby
Sven Raphael wearing the Beaufort, Bedale, & Ashby
  • For all three of them, you can buy a snap-on hood for $ 49 or zip-in liner for $ 129.
  • They all feature a nice brass double zipper from YKK that is built to last.
  • All three jackets are suitable for damp, cooler, and moist climates such as England or Scotland. If you live in a very cold area, they’re probably best suited for spring or fall.
  • They say each Barbour waxed jacket is made of more than 10,000 stitches and obviously, I haven’t checked on that but overall, the construction of the jackets seems really well and made for durability.

Differences:

  • The Barbour Beaufort retails for $ 399 versus the Bedale which is just $ 379 and the Ashby is again $ 399.
  • The Beaufort and the Bedale feature a full traditional classic cut that is straight in the hips, it’s very roomy, it allows you to layer something underneath such as a cardigan, maybe a sweater, or even a tweed jacket. The function definitely dictates the form so while it may not look very attractive or modern or fashionable, it is meant to give you a great range of movement when you hunt or pursue outdoor activities. The Ashby, on the other hand, is a lot trimmer. It’s basically a modernized style of the Bedale that is just slimmer with a slightly longer sleeve and it’s more targeted towards young men who will live more of a city life. The Ashby really doesn’t allow you to have a lot of layers underneath because the sleeves are too tight and so it’s best one with maybe a shirt or a thin sweater. When you wear different jackets, you can clearly tell that the Ashby has less range of movement.
  • While both the Beaufort and the Bedale come in 10 or 11 sizes in two inch increments such as 34 or 36, 42 or 44, the Ashby just comes in six sizes ranging from small, medium, large, extra large, XXL, and triple XL.
  • The Beaufort jacket is cut longer and about two and a half inches longer than both the Bedale or the Ashby. This extra length comes in handy, for example, if you want to wear a jacket underneath that would otherwise poke out. The Beaufort is the most useful jacket for hunters because it has a zippered game pocket in the back that’s quite roomy. Both the Ashby and the Bedale don’t have a pocket like that because they’re more targeted towards the urban outdoorsmen.
  • While the Beaufort has no vents in the back and a full Barbour tartan lining, both the Bedale and the Ashby have a half tartan lining with a polyester drip strip at the bottom and side vents that have snap buttons so they give you a little extra room especially if you have a big bum. The Barbour tartan is obviously a nod to the founder’s Scottish roots. Now for the Beaufort, that lining is made of a 100% cotton just like the shell. The Bedale, on the other hand, has 100% cotton shell but a cotton poly blend out of 78 percent cotton and to 22% Poly. They have a slightly different feel, the cotton poly blend may be a little more hard-wearing but I haven’t worn them out yet so it’s hard to tell. The Ashby is different yet again in the sense that it has 100% cotton outer shell and 100% cotton half lining but the sleeves are all lined in polyester versus the Beaufort and the Bedale; they have the same tartan lining in the sleeves.
  • The Beaufort jacket has wind guards on your sleeves which come in quite handy and they have a little velcro adjuster, however, they’re not really soft and don’t feel too great on your skin but they’ll do the job and keep the windout. The Bedale jacket has ripped knitted wind guards which are much more comfortable and better than the ones on the Beaufort. The Ashby, on the other hand, has no wind guards and again, it clearly is not made to be super functional, it’s more about the looks.
  • When it comes to inside pockets, the Bedale has one on the right, the Ashby has one on the left, and the Beaufort doesn’t have one at all.
  • If you look at those jackets, they look all very quintessentially British yet when you look at the made in label, there are some differences. While the Beaufort and the Bedale are still made in England, the more modern Ashby one is made in Moldova. I guess the Ashby is not just more modern in terms of the cut but also in terms of globalization.
Barbour brand logo
Barbour brand logo

Is A Barbour Waxed Jacket Worth It?

I think the Beaufort jacket is very iconic and truly something that you could wear for decades to come. One of the few downsides is maybe that a lot of other people have this jacket so you’re hardly unique when you wear it. Another con that I’ve found is that throughout the sizes, the sleeves are all rather short. Personally, I have rather long arms so it’s always a challenge because you either have to size up which gives you a much roomier jacket that probably is too big for you just to get the sleeve length right.

Because the Bedale has these ripped sleeve guards, it probably adds another one and a half centimeters or about half an inch in length on your sleeve which is one of the reasons I prefer that one the most out of the three. If you prefer a slimmer or trimmer look, the Ashby is your only option and if you want something really functional for hunters with a game pocket then get the Beaufort. I’m not a game hunter or shooter and because of that, the Bedale really serves my purposes best.

Who’s The Barbour Waxed Jacket Made For?

I’ve seen many men wearing it in an office context and personally, I find it’s a bit too casual for that and it’s best for outdoors activities maybe getting the groceries or hanging out with the kids on the weekends. Of course, you can also wear it for more hardcore outdoor activities that we covered earlier.

If you want a casual companion for your jeans, chinos, corduroys, sweaters, and cardigans, the Barbour waxed jacket is definitely worth it. Apart from that, there are also not many other companies to produce a lot of waxed jackets and not many of them have the same commitment to quality and durability as Barbour has.

Why do I say that? Well, Barbour jackets need quite a bit of maintenance. Barbour suggests that you have your jacket rewaxed every year. In my book, that’s a little much. I’ve seen many people who haven’t rewaxed for two or three years and the jackets are still fine. I guess it all comes down to how often you wear the jacket. You can either do it yourself or just send it to Barbour and have them do it. They also offer repair services for zippers and all kinds of things so they truly have a commitment for durability in their garments.

That being said, the jacket is a little more finicky, you can not just wash it in a washing machine, you’re also not supposed to use any detergent or solvents on it because that would damage the surface. I think it’s totally worth it especially if you consider the longevity and the cost per wear. It’s one of those jackets that’s really hard wearing and we unequivocally think that it’s worth its money.

Now with a little bit of luck, you may even find them on sale. Typically, I’ve seen they’re more on sale from smaller retailers that don’t carry the entire range of Barbour but maybe just a few jackets and if the Bedale or the Beaufort is one of them and they just have limited sizes or maybe they want to discontinue it, you may find it for 150 or 200 dollars. At that point, it’s a no-brainer and you should definitely go for it. That being said, because Barbour is so popular, there are also lots of fakes out there so beware of used Goods on eBay and so forth unless you can truly authenticate it’s the real deal.

Do you own a Barbour waxed jacket? What’s your take on it? Share your thoughts below!


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Should You Wear Jeans with a Jacket?

Have you ever asked yourselves, should I wear a jacket with jeans? Is it too formal? Is it just right?

In this guide, we talk about nothing but jeans, blazers and suit jackets; when you can wear them, when you should avoid them, and anything else you want to know about those combinations.

Obviously, it’s a very similar question to can I wear a jacket without a tie and we discuss it in a separate video, so stay tuned.

When Should You Wear A Jacket With Denim?

Many men today wear it yet it goes against traditional style rules because jeans used to be strictly blue-collar workwear.

Today, men’s style is a lot more casual than it used to be 50 or 60 years ago and jeans are probably the number one worn pants by men. As everything gets more casual, of course, a lot of men try to wear jeans with anything else they have in their wardrobe, particularly suit separates because that’s what they sometimes have to wear to work.

In an attempt to dress up their jeans or to dress down their suit, they simply combine the two but it rarely works and it hardly ever looks advantageous unless you follow a few clear-cut rules.

The issue of suit jackets with jeans is that it is a clash of formalities. Typically, it’s a combination seen worn by middle managers who want to seem approachable yet be a cut above their subordinates. It’s definitely a fine line to walk but dressing purposefully and thoughtfully is the key here.

How To Pull Of The Jacket & Jeans Look

Pair your jacket with your dressiest jeans

Pair your jacket with your dressiest jeans

1. Pair Your Blazer Or Sport Coat With Your Dressiest Jeans.

That means no holes and no used look. Also, it’s really important that you have enough contrast between your sport coat and your jeans. If you have a dark washed denim with a dark navy blazer, it’s not enough contrast and it looks odd because it’s similar yet it’s not a suit and it’s just weird.

So in general, a medium dark wash or something slightly lighter is best. It’s essential that your jeans don’t puddle and are hemmed to the exact right length.

In terms of cut, a straight leg or maybe something that slightly tapered works best. Definitely avoid really baggy cuts as well as a bootcut. Also, don’t cuff or pin roll your jeans because that’s simply too casual.

Several jeans and jacket combinations worn by Sven Raphael Schneider

Several jeans and jacket combinations worn by Sven Raphael Schneider

2. Go With Jackets that Have Different Colors & Patterns.

Branch out and go with jackets that have different colors as well as patterns and materials because that’s more contrasting or interesting, but also more casual and it works better with jeans. Good features include notched lapels because peak lapels would be too formal. You can also have patch pockets because they’re more formal than jetted pockets or flat pockets.

In terms of patterns, you can go with little houndstooth pattern, maybe a small micro check or a classic Prince of Wales check.When it comes to material compositions, 100% wool is okay but to make it more casual, add cotton and linen blends. Sometimes, wool linen or wool cotton blends or sometimes also a little bit of silk or cashmere for a softer hand and touch.

In terms of jacket colors, you can go with lighter shades of blue, maybe a royal blue, or even a lighter blue. Overchecks could be in red or an orange because that’s a little more casual. In the winter, brown tones are great especially as a Glen check with dark brown and off-white or maybe a herringbone jacket in a medium brown.With all those lighter colors, one pair of dark washed denim really works best because it provides a contrast and it’s a classic jeans color. The personal favorite of mine is the color green, it goes really well with dark washed denim. Also, definitely avoid white or off-white jackets because the denim will color off on it and the contrast is too strong.

Mercer and Sons Button Down collar with S-curve

Mercer and Sons Button Down collar with S-curve

3. Wear Casual Shirts To Bridge The Gap Formalities.

Long-sleeve dress shirts are good but ideally, you should avoid the most formal variations in solid white because they’re just too businesslike. Instead, maybe you go with an off-white or a green shirt, maybe something with a rougher texture, and maybe skip ironing to create a more casual look.

A light blue checked shirt is a great choice

A light blue checked shirt is a great choice

Alternatively, you can also go with button-down collars because they are more casual and check shirts, as well as little houndstooth shirts because they’re also more casual than solids. If you want something like a solid, I suggest an oxford fabric with a two-tone, maybe light blue and white because it’s durable and more casual. No matter what shirt you choose, always tuck it in because an untucked shirt with a sport coat or a suit jacket simply looks odd.

A classic derby shoe is your best bet

A classic derby shoe is your best bet

4. Wear The Right Shoes.

Wear the combination of jeans and sport coat with the right kind of shoes. Black Oxfords are way too formal and not appropriate here. At the same time, boat shoes are too informal and should likewise be avoided.

Ideally, go with brown tones or burgundy and oxblood. If you want to be a little more experimental, you can think about olive green, gray or maybe navy. In terms of styles, a classic derby shoe is good.

This color will definitely make you stand out

This color will definitely make you stand out

Alternatively, you could opt for loafers, either tassel loafers or penny loafers, both work. Other good options are monk straps with some broguing and a wingtip or those more fashion-forward double monks in burgundy. If you want to go with oxfords, go with brogues, either half brogues or full brogues, because that’s casual enough to wear with jeans and it ties the ensemble together with your sport coat. Other good options include chukka boots or Chelsea boots.

In terms of leather texture, suede is really great to combine with jeans and a sport coat. Why? Simply because it’s a little more casual. It’s less serious and as such, it ties together those two elements of different formalities

Jacket With Jeans Style Don’ts

Never attempt to wear your Db business jackets with jeans

Never attempt to wear your Db business jackets with jeans

1. Never Combine Business Jackets With Denim Jeans.

Avoid black business suit jackets or pinstripe jackets with dark blue jeans; it just looks weird and odd. As discussed before, while some suit jackets can be worn with jeans especially if they’re more casual, any kind of business suit should not be combined with jeans, that includes solid navy jackets or maybe solid gray jackets but also any kind of stripe, pinstripe, rope stripe or chalk stripe. They won’t look good with jeans.

2. Skip DB business jackets.

Double-breasted is typically more formal. It has peak lapels and as such, it is even more formal than a single-breasted blazer with patch pockets. Hence, avoid those. However, in recent years, double-breasted jackets have become a lot more popular especially at Pitti Uomo. And if you have something that has a nice linen blend maybe with the Prince of Wales pattern and lighter colors, you can definitely combine them with jeans.

Does this look appeal to you?

Does this look attractive to you?

3. Never wear a t-shirt with jeans underneath a jacket.

It’s a clash of formalities. Either you wear just a t-shirt and some jeans and you skip the jacket altogether or you opt for the jacket but you go with a casual dress shirt or a blend of polo shirt and dress shirt that I mentioned before.

Black oxfords are a big no no

Black oxfords are a big no no

4. Never wear any kind of black shoes.

It simply looks out of place. Black is fine for formal business suits and office wear but not when you wear it with jeans. Instead go with browns, tan tones, burgundy tones, greens or anything else but not black.

Skip neckwear and accessorize with a pocket square

Skip neckwear and accessorize with a pocket square

5. Skip any form of neckwear.

Jeans with a jacket are not ideal if you want to wear a tie, a bow tie or maybe an ascot simply because it would be too formal and a clash. So if you opt for the combination of jacket and jeans, forego your tie and your neckwear. Instead, go with a pocket square or maybe a boutonniere because that creates a visual interest and it just creates a more polished look.

 

A casual dress shirt

A casual dress shirt

6. Do not wear a formal dress shirt with a jacket and jeans.

That means, double cuffs with cufflinks because that’s too formal for regular cotton denim. Likewise, a solid white shirt is not appropriate. A light blue might work.

Maybe go with a different texture, a different weave that is more open so it breathes better and you’re more comfortable during the summer. Striped shirts can work especially if you have bolder stripes, wider or larger scale stripes, or maybe stripes in a different color. At the same time, the whole ensemble has to work together.

7. Don’t wear jeans and a sport coat if you don’t know the dress code.

Why? Well, if you’re not sure about a dress code it always pays to dress one notch up. In that case, it would mean wearing your blazer with a pair of chinos rather than your jeans. Alternatively, if you think that’s over-the-top, you can skip the jacket and just go with a casual dress shirt and a pair of slacks, either chinos or jeans, depending on what you think is right for the occasion.

Diagonal tweed in gray

Diagonal tweed in gray

By the way, during the colder months of the year, a tweed jacket works really well with jeans simply because it’s more casual by definition. It has a coarser weave, it has warmer earth tones, and so it’s a great jacket that is usually single breasted and has notch lapels which makes it again less formal and therefore, perfectly suited for jeans.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a subdued madras casual jacket, great on vacation

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a subdued madras casual Harrington jacket, great on vacation

That being said, there are tons of other jackets which are less formal and therefore equally as well suited to jeans as a tweed jacket. Some of them include a Panama jacket which is more of a summer jacket and a Harrington jacket.

CONCLUSION

You can definitely wear a jacket with jeans; just make sure it’s casual enough and not your typical business suit. When it comes to footwear, brown shoes are your friend and make sure it’s not too casual but also not too formal.


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