What is a sport jacket fabric? How would you define one?
There is a lot of confusion out there on this casual jacket fabric – which is understandable as since it's inception the sport jacket has been an orphan jacket and the word has come to encompass a wide range of meanings.
Originally a suit jacket worn as a mismatched jacket by young men participating in sport, the sport jacket as a garment made without matching trousers was pioneered by the tennis great Rene Lacoste and other stylish men in the 1920 and 30s.
Approximately 90 years later, there is still confusion on the fabrics. Maybe I can help.
Following these guidelines can help you quickly determine if the jacket fabric you'e looking at will make a versatile sports jacket.
1. The fabric should not look like a suit jacket fabric – skip navy blue, shades of grey, and black solids. Keep your trousers grey – not your sport jackets.
2. Avoid striped fabrics – stripes mean business, and sport jackets are stylish casual menswear.
3. Fabrics with a rough or napped texture can be excellent choices as they help distinguish the fabric from worsted wool suit fabrics.
4. Patterns in the fabric and a mixture of colors is a great start – but refrain from selecting a jacket that's too memorable unless you own a few classic style already.
Fabric Gallery of Sport Jacket Choices – Courtesy of A Tailored Suit