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Spring 2014

THE VERSATILITY OF A CASUAL JACKET

The most versatile item in your wardrobe is the casual jacket.
The most versatile item in your wardrobe is the casual jacket. It's the one article of clothing that can transform you into an upstanding employee, effortlessly relaxed new boyfriend, or rugged foreign field correspondent—simply by shrugging it on.
 
Casual jackets are like sport coats, but actually fall under the heading of "Sportswear." You can find these versatile jackets in the classic sizes: S, M, L, and XL, rather than by chest size and dimension (42 Long, etc.) like a sport coat.
Why You Need It
What makes casual jackets so versatile? They're less structured than your typical sport coat or blazer. You can identify a casual jacket easily – look to see if the jacket has little or no lining, and typically no padding at the shoulders. Be assured, these a ren't your grandpa's old-school, billowing sport coats. Today's casual jacket tends to be a little slimmer, and comes in a variety of fabrics and textures, including cotton, corduroy, tweed, herringbone and velvet. The only limit is how many you can fit in your closet.
Your casual jacket can be all work in the daytime and all play after hours
What It Can Do
Your casual jacket can be all work in the daytime and all play after hours; it keeps you looking stylish in the office and transitions seamlessly, when paired with more casual slacks and some swagger, to a hot night out without leaving you looking like you got lost on your evening commute. And, though the casual jacket can look as relaxed as you want it to, you can elevate your look by pairing it with traditional fabrics like a chambray work shirt, or add character with a bow tie or slim fit jeans. Need some weekend versatility? Wear it with your best jeans on date night and with subdued khakis to meet her parents. And pairing your casual jacket with a muted color, button-down shirt and tie combo leaves you looking polished for a wedding ceremony, but not feeling like a waiter at the reception.
Pair it with jeans, chinos or shorts, with a button-down shirt and tie or your favorite tee
 
How To Wear It
Your casual jacket takes the work out of what to wear for almost any occasion. It isn't a suit, so don’t try to match your slacks. Feel free to play with layers: wear it over a polo or a plaid shirt. Layer it over a thin-weave sweater for cooler weather. For a summery look, team it with a striped tee and loafers. Pair it with jeans, chinos or shorts, with a button-down shirt and tie or your favorite tee. Roll up your jacket sleeves, leave it open or wear it buttoned — a casual jacket allows you extra leeway to make your style your own.

Best of all, your casual jacket can be your go-to wardrobe staple to get you out of almost any jam. Heading out and not certain of the dress code? Toss it in the back of your car and have it on hand to finish your look. Just throw it on, and make an entrance.