I know I’ve mentioned it before but Mad Men makes me want to buy suits. So on one particular Sunday evening feeling abandoned by the final episode of Season 6, I found myself purchasing this….
It’s a green herringbone slim fitting wool blazer I scored from ASOS (‘herringbone’ is the name given to the angular weave pattern). The colour is really interesting which makes it noticeable without being too loud. Having three buttons is quite atypical for a modern suit jacket — however it wasn’t an uncommon feature of jackets in the 60s. Three-button jackets usually look best either buttoned up only in the middle, or both the top and middle buttons done up.
Unfortunately it is sold out otherwise I’d happily link you to it. However, because I couldn’t help you to this particular jacket, I thought I’d do the hard part for you and find a couple of similarly inspired suit jackets or blazers that you can rock with some chinos and a shirt on a friday bar night.
Here is a similar jacket from ASOS in a brown wool blend. It has a more modern 2 button design, and a dressier peak lapel. They call it “Slim Fit Suit Jacket in Fleck Herringbone”.
J.Crew have this wool tweed jacket with what looks like vintage style brown suede elbow patches. (They seem to be making a comeback?) A little pricier, this one comes fully lined and made with imported English wool.
Topman is another menswear brand honing in on some interesting (but still everyman-safe) suits and blazers. Item code 88A13GBLE or as they like to call it “Blue and Green Tartan Blazer” is one I wouldn’t mind adding to my wardrobe. It’s another two-button jacket, this time in a plaid check print.
Ron Bennett is an Australian company whose menswear stores carry many suiting brands. That includes a few pieces of their own, like this super 120s merino wool (ie. mens-clothing talk for ‘fine quality’) “blue check” sports coat: SKU #1597598…
If you’re going to rock a low-key patterned suit jacket or blazer, try pairing it with contrasting bottoms, like tan, pale blue, or grey chinos or jeans, and make sure they are slim fitting too. Throw in a pocket-square if you’re feeling like dressing it up a bit further. And no you don’t have to wear a tie. If the examples above just don’t cut it for you in the loud department, then keep an eye out for an upcoming post inspired by 1920s-1930s Gatsby-style menswear. And on that note: here’s Nick Waterhouse live in San Francisco!