Sport coat for spring and summer

Posted by Atte Rytkönen on 26.3.2017 in General

How about a new sport coat for spring? Or are you looking for to renew your blazer selection for summer? Today taking a look at what to keep in mind when talking about seasonal changes in terms of sport coats and blazers.

As the spring and summer keeps coming, I decided to update the post from last spring and give you a few ideas for the upcoming season.

Sport coat for spring - Pal Zileri checked blazer with burgundy grenadine tie
A checked blazer by Pal Zileri with chambray shirt, burgundy grenadine tie and white cotton slacks. Dressed-up but still casual.

Seasonal wardrobe changes – sport coat for spring

Just because the weather keeps getting warm and sun starts shining does not mean you shouldn’t wear a jacket. It just means you should swap out your lined, all-weather, dark colored wool suits and sport coats for something that’s a bit more easy and lightweight. That means unlined, unstructured jackets with more casual details. Go for patch pockets and 3-roll-2 button closure. In terms of colors go rather for slightly lighter shades and in terms of materials give a try especially for different kind of mixtures of linen, cotton and lightweight wools.

When it comes to shirts and suits I basically find it safe and easy to stay with staple and plain. I prefer conservative colors such as light blue and white in shirts, blue and grey in suits. However boldly patterned sport coats are a good options especially for more casual and relaxed occasions.

Sport coat for spring and summer - checked double-breasted blazer by Lardini

Go for patterns

Some say boldly patterned sport coats are actually the one of only areas where men can be safely daring. And that is at least partly true. Still there is nothing wrong to go for plain jackets and play with the textures and materials. To read more about how to wear patterned sport coats check my earlier post on the matter.

Sport coat for the spring - light blue microcheck blazer
Micro-check can be really challenging option to pull off. Make it easier by keeping the other parts of your outfit as simple possible.

Sport coat for spring - green windowpane blazer by Isaia
Green windowpane is a bold choice. Pair with shades of blue to keep the ensemble balanced.

Sport coat for dressed-up casual look

There are multiple occasions where a full suit can be too much. And if you want to dress down or go for a more relaxed attire, in most cases it is safer to choose a sport coat and odd trousers. I personally recommend to avoid the for the suit without a tie-look in most cases.

Sports coats naturally can range from those very sleek and dressy worsted wool jackets to more casual linen or jersey pieces. Or you even go for some “washed” and overdyed cotton. So the range is very wide and there are appropriate options for everyone. You just need to to find the right choice for right occasion.

Sport coat for spring - olive green jacket
Olive green and white is always a safe choice. And if you want to go casual, combine your sport coat with a well-fitting t-shirt.

Sport coat for spring - olive green tailored jacket
Casual and well-balanced fit for the jacket.

DLA sport coat looks

Nowadays I usually wear a suit five days a week. Still a have a wide range of sport coats in my rack as well. And I love to wear them for more casual events and parties. Although of course I wear to occasionally at work as well. Below I have attached a few seasonal sport coat looks for some little inspiration. Which one you think is the best?

Sum up – 5 options for the season

Most of brands and shops already have their full selection for the season available. As a sum-up I have picked five different jackets to help you to find a sport coat for spring.

1) Suitsupply

Are you looking for something bold to start with patterned sport coats? In that case I would personally go for something like this. A jacket with rich texture and vibrant pattern is sure to make an eye-catching addition to your seasonal rotation. If want something that is more appropriate for business occasions as well, go for lighter and more restrained color. This jacket with light colored trousers, denim shirt and suede loafers would be a killer combination for a sunny summer day.

Sport coat for spring and summer - brown wool blazer by Caruso

2) Caruso

Dark brown is a solid choice not only for casual but also more dressed-up combinations. You can pair it with white, blue, other shades of brown, orange and even purple. If you don’t like brown, try olive green. This piece by Caruso is perfect to combine even with denim and superga sneakers. Complete the set with a white popover shirt and you’re ready for a relaxed Saturday stroll.

Sport coat for spring and summer - herringbone sport coat by Etro

3) Etro

In terms of materials, wool-silk-linen blend is in my opinion one of the best choices especially for Nordic climate. It’s cool and light enough for spring and summer, but you can also wear it for fall season. And even if you want to go for some pattern, it doesn’t always need to be that bold or strongly visible. I am personally fond of herringbone and therefore this kind of light brown lightweight blazer made it to this list as well. Pair it with light gray wool trousers, brown shantung silk tie and the DLA white oxford shirt.



sport coat for spring and summer - navy blue blazer by Boglioli

4) Boglioli

No season without a classic blue blazer. This blazer from airy cotton-hopsack with a herringbone weave and lightweight construction is made to be worn with light denim. For more dressed-up events pair it with cotton or lightweight wool slacks, light blue shirt and the symposium pocket square.

Sport coat for spring and summer - windowpane jacket by Gabo Napoli

5) G.Abo Napoli

The windowpane jacket is a versatile option between business and casual. You can easily combine it with a pair of navy blue cotton slacks, white button-up shirt and navy grenadine tie for office days. Works also for example with denim and a light blue shirt for more casual occasions.

Pictures above via A&H Magazinedreams I MADhouse & The Sartorialist

  • Michael

    Hey! Love the blog, and a great, timely article. I’ve been struggling with this question lately. I’m a 188 cm 48R with a runner’s physique. I recently bought an LBM 911 cotton blazer for summer, but it was quite a boxy fit. It seems better suited for those with sloped shoulders and a larger upper body, so back it goes. Have you any recommendations as to alternatives with a slim fit and a slightly more structured shoulder in the sub €500 price range? PS: That checked Pal Zieri is amazing. Greetings from Tampere.

    – Michael.

    • dresslikea

      Hey Michael,

      First of all sorry for a bit late answer. And thanks for the kind comments! One option that comes into my mind is Suitsupply. The Jort-model jackets could be an answer. Those have pretty soft shoulders but it still more constructed than those Lubiams for example. And if you want something with really structured shoulders, check their Washington fit. That is also very slim, so could be exactly what you’re looking for.

      If you are looking for alternatives that might be able to try, I suggest to visit Sauma and Schoffa in Helsinki. Both stores have a few models in under their own labels that could actually be suitable for your purposes (and that price range as well).


      • Michael

        Hey Atte,

        Thanks for the advice. I’m a little bothered by Suitsupply’s high button stances, so I’ll definitely check out Sauma and Schoffa when I’m in Helsinki later this week. I hope I can find a nice grey PoW check.

        Keep up the good work and all the best with your upcoming collection.