THE NEW SEASON STYLE SWAP: SWITCHING YOUR SUIT FOR THE SPORTS JACKET

To the untrained eye it may look just like a blazer or even a suit jacket, but the sports jacket is something else entirely. With a history as the attire of choice for country pursuits such as shooting, the sports jacket has a history less businesslike than both the blazer and the suit jacket. Less structured than the suit or blazer and with a looser fit that allows for layering winter woolens underneath, it remains the smartest option for more rugged pursuits (even if such a thing more often involves country walks and open fires than fields and foxes).

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Whilst a suit is an office or black tie necessity, and the blazer has the potential to take your jeans from basic to boardroom or bar, the suit jacket is an off-duty essential. Shoulder patches once protected the elbows on ambles through the countryside, but nowadays they’re more for aesthetics than essentials, exuding the country gent look that we revisit each winter without fail.

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In thicker fabrics – specifically tweed, herringbone or houndstooth for AW17 – the sports jacket transcends that tricky in-between weather perfectly. Wear yours with dark denim or chinos, the key being to go for coordinating separates that don’t perfectly match your jacket in either fabric nor colour. Keep shoes casual too; the ever-popular slip on loafers by Jeffery West are ideal.

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Make the new season style swap from suit to sports jacket. Visit Robinsons today at DN10 6JH to shop AW17 sports jacket from Ralph Lauren now.