Men’s Style Tips – Suit Jacket Vs. Sport Jackets – What’s The Difference? – Male Fashion Advice
Men’s Style Tips – Suit Jacket Vs. Sport Jackets – What’s The Difference? – Male Fashion Advice


Men’s Style Tips – Suit Jacket Vs. Sport Jackets
– What’s The Difference – Male Fashion Advice Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real
Men Real Style. Today, I’m going to be answering a question. What’s the difference between
a sports jacket and a suit jacket? If you haven’t already, please subscribe to
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jackets and suits. Okay, so the question that came in, a gentleman
is asking me, “Antonio, what is the difference between a sports jacket and a suit jacket,
and how can they be worn?” He was just very confused about the two types of jackets. All right. I can see where the confusion comes
from. The differences between the two used to be cleaner. It used to be that the sports
jacket was for sport, a suit jacket was for more formal events. But over time, and thanks
to mass manufacturing, you’ve seen the jackets in terms of the structure, the fabric. They’ve
come very close, so you see a lot of sports jackets which look like suit jackets, and
suit jackets which look like sports jackets. It’s not always exactly clear, but I’m going
to give you three reasons that, when I look at a jacket, help me understand whether or
not it’s a suit jacket or a sports jacket. The number one thing is going to be the fabric,
so look at the fabric. Usually, with a sports jacket, it’s going to be with the more casual
fabrics because it’s made to be a jacket to stand alone as an odd jacket, in which the
classification it falls under. And so, with these odd jackets — and “odd”
meaning it does not have an exact pair of trousers to go with it — you’re often going
to see fabrics that want to stand out a bit more, so they’re going to be brighter colors.
You’re going to see brown herringbone tweeds. You’re going to see check patterns. You’re
going to see all types of fabrics which you would not normally see — they’re more likely
going to have pattern in them, while with a suit jacket, you’re going to see those in
black. You’re going to see those in navy. You’re going to see those in charcoal grey
and normally, those suit jackets are going to be solid. You also will occasionally see them pinstriped,
but that’s pretty much suit jackets. You’ll occasionally see suits in other extravagant
patterns as well, but we’re talking higher end stores and that’s where the difference
between the jackets becomes less common. By the way, you could have a suit — just to
confuse matters more — you could have a suit and a sports jacket made from the exact same
fabric, and that’s where these other issues come in, so let’s talk about the build. Sport jackets are typically built, I would
say, more casually, so less formally. The pockets, if you look at the pocket on this
sports jacket, which is made from a brown hopsack fabric, it’s very nice. It’s got brown
with black in it, but this jacket right here — or this pocket, I’m sorry, is a patch pocket.
And so, a patch pocket is sewn on to the material. It’s not going to go in. There is no material
on this chest cut into, which is normally what you would see on a breast pocket. That
right there signifies to me that this is more casual and is right for a sports jacket. Whenever I make a sports jacket for a client,
I always try to do these little types of pockets and these other little details. I went with
two buttons right here on the sleeve and the reason I went with the two buttons is that
normally on a suit jacket, you’re going to see four, sometimes now even five buttons.
I like sports jackets to have a few less buttons, so those little types of details are I think
on the build. Another thing that you’re going to see on
the build is sports jackets normally have a bit more room. The whole idea with the sports
jacket is it came around to be used at sports. So if you’re going to go out hunting, whenever
the gentleman hunter went out, he would wear a heavy tweed sports jacket, which gave him
more flexibility in the back. So in the back of the jacket, you would actually sometimes
have pleats that would open up. So if he’s going to be out shooting, he could have full
arm movement. You’re not going to see that on a suit jacket.
The suit jacket was made for business. I know some of you guys in Wall Street or maybe down
in Florida, you’re in the banking industry. Perhaps you think that you need a bit more
movement because you’re getting pretty engaged. I don’t know, guys, but in any case, you’re
not going to have as free of movement in a true sports jacket, which a true sports jacket
is going to have just a little bit of a looser fit. The other part of the build is you’re going
to see there’s going to be normally more structure in a suit jacket. A lot of times, a suit jacket’s
shoulders are going to be more straight, be more pointed on the ends, while with a sports
jacket, there’s going to be less padding in here. Now, that’s not always true. You see
a lot of modern suit jackets with very little padding, very little structure on the shoulders,
but traditionally, a suit jacket, especially of the English style, is going to have more
structure in the chest and in the shoulder area, so that’s the build. We’ve talked about
fabric. Actually, with the build, I also talked about
the style. And the styling are going to be all those little details. Usually on a sports
jacket, you’re going to have a single vent or you’re going to have a double vent. On
a suit jacket, you can have no vents, which give you the least amount of mobility, but
gives you the nicest lines in the hip area. So if you’ve got bigger hips, you want a jacket
with no vents because that’s going to allow you to wrap the fabric closer around your
hips and minimize their look, especially with a dark fabric. Now, the double vent is perfect if you’re
— in my world, that to me is the ideal vent structure. Now, the single vent was actually
developed for men that rode horses because if you can imagine, it allowed the fabric
to fall on both sides of the horse, especially if a man is wearing a longer jacket with tails
as he used to a hundred years ago. Nowadays, I see the single vent as — well, it’s the
cheapest one to manufacture and you’ll see it on most off-the-rack, but when it comes
to a sports jacket, I think a single vent is actually fine, although I push my clients
towards the double vent because I think it’s a little bit classier looking. Another thing with the sports jacket on the
style is you are going to see — you can also see belts on sports jackets occasionally.
That’s pretty rare, but I think we hit most of the points. Again, the key is to look at,
is this something that looks like it needs to have a matching pair of trousers with it?
It is made from a darker fabric? Usually, those are going to be the suit jackets. The
sports jackets, you can go with lighter fabrics, fabrics which are really standing out there. All right. Hopefully, this gave you a bit
of guidance. Again, visit the articles I’m going to link to down below. They’re really
useful and it will help and expand on the points I’ve talked about in this video. This has been Antonio Centeno with Real Men
Real Style. If you like this video, again, like it down below. I’ll see you in the next
video. Bye-bye.

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