by Ashley Pagliaro
|The best kind of NYC man stands out with style –credit|
For many men, choosing the right suit jacket is akin to the challenge of climbing Everest. The evolution of menswear and drastically different geographical styles have led to a variety of choices in suit jackets. And while this may be a blessing for some, for many others, it presents a near impossible challenge. To help navigate these endless options, Tracy’s New York Life has compiled some guidelines when choosing stylish and sensible blazers and suit jackets for men.
Two. Buttons. That’s right, each word deserves its own sentence. That’s how important this feature is when choosing a sport coat. Regardless of your body type, the two-button style will provide the most flattering option. As another bonus, it is undoubtedly classic, making the investment well worth it. This ‘Navy Brushed Wool Jacket’ from Canadian brand, Tristan, demonstrates the flattering frame that makes the two-button the ideal design for men. This one also has its fabric working in its favor, with the light brushed wool adding a touch of texture and depth to the look.
|Rocking the two buttons –credit|
Choose the right fabric for the season. Linen suits are great, for a certain occasion and for a certain season as in summer and only summer. Though this is an extreme example, it’s important to consider fabric when picking the right suit jacket. For the summer-fall seasonal transition New Yorkers are currently experiencing, choose a lightweight material that still provides enough warmth for chilly mornings. This corduroy sport jacket from fabric expert, Billy Reid, is just right for right now. Tastefully done in a thin-striped cotton corduroy, Reid adds detail with matching, colored elbow patches. When it comes to an in-between season sport jacket, it doesn’t get much better than this. Shop the ‘Walton Navy Cord’ at the Billy Reid store on Bond St.
|A classic jacket from Billy Reid–credit|
Suit jackets offer the opportunity to tastefully show a bit of your style. Many designers experiment with a brightly lined interior, flashing red, purple or green upon opening. If this is just too great of flash of color for you, opt for a color-lined collar. Tristan offers this sleek ‘Prince of Wales Shiny Jacket’ with a hint of shine on the exterior and a pop of red in its hidden collar. The pop of color may be unbeknownst to everyone but you, and that may be just enough.
|Prince of Wales Jacket –credit|
|The red collar detail— photo from Tristan|
Out of options? Go custom. There are many private tailors with whom you can spend an entire day; they can custom fit a blazer for you and you alone, but technology has allowed for speeding this experience up a bit. And, while I may be a sucker for old-school craftsmanship, I also recognize a solution when you’re in a style pinch. Check out Proper Suit, which allows you to customize and buy a suit online. Before you’re granted access to the online suit shop, you will first be visited by a specialist who will “walk you through the ins and outs of suiting.” A style lesson and a suit? This sounds like a deal!
|Suits as you like them –credit|
This post was sponsored by Tristanstyle.com.