How To Buy An Awesome Casual Jacket
Seems like a shame when you dress up nice to go out, now I mean nice casual not nice formal, and finish off your outfit with your old fleece or a hoodie… it just ruins the overall picture. This is just one of the reasons you need at least one cool jacket. When I say “cool” jacket, I mean a casual jacket that fits you well and makes you feel badass. If you follow my suggestions, it will probably get you compliments as well.
Start with fitIf something doesn’t fit you properly it isn’t worth buying. I’m going to venture out on a limb and say, when left to their own devices, most guys buy articles of clothing that are at least one size too big. So, as a first step, for any jacket you try on, start by trying one size smaller than you normally would. If you think you’re a Large, try a Medium instead. If you think you’re a Medium, try a Small. Also remember, sizes in different brands don’t always match up, so just because you’re a Large in one brand, doesn't mean you’re a Large in everything. Depending on what clothes a guy is used to wearing, it’s pretty easy to confuse something feeling tight and actually fitting properly. For example, a properly fitting jacket should hug your shoulders fairly snugly, meaning the shoulder seams should land right at the edge of your shoulder. If you are used to wearing shirts that are too large, you might have a knee-jerk reaction and think the jacket is too tight when it’s not. The fit in the shoulder area is of the utmost importance, because if the shoulder area is too big, the whole thing will sag and look huge on you. If a $300 jacket doesn’t fit you properly, it might as well have cost $20. That’s not to say a jacket has to cost a certain amount, I’m just making the point that getting the right size will make it a good investment, no matter the cost.
Find the right materialYou have quite a few options when deciding what material your new jacket will be: cotton, canvas, nylon, leather, and even linen are all great options.
- Cotton will probably be the most breathable and easiest to clean.
- Canvas, or waxed canvas, won’t breathe as much as cotton but waxed canvas will give you a cool, leather like look for less money and with less bulk.
- Leather is classic. Whether it’s now or down the road, you should probably acquire a great leather jacket. Leather can range from reasonably priced to incredibly expensive.
- Weight - Where do you live and when do you plan on wearing your jacket? If you live in LA and plan on wearing your new jacket during the day, you might want a lighter material. If you live in NYC and want a jacket to wear on fall nights, something a bit heavier is probably better.
- Consistency - If you generally dress very casually and/or wear casual shoes or sneakers, you'll probably want to stick with a natural fiber jacket, as opposed to leather. I know this is a bit vague, but my point is this: despite how nice that $1,500 Prada leather jacket is, if it's going to look out of place with the rest of your wardrobe, you shouldn't buy it.