Q-KIPEDIA: Suit Jacket VS Sports Jacket

Q-KIPEDIA: Suit Jacket VS Sports Jacket

April 15, 2019

One of the most common conundrums regarding menswear is the difference between the suit jacket and the sports jacket. Many of our clients have asked if it is acceptable to wear the suit jacket separately with other pants other than the suit pant. Another common question is what kind of fabrics will be ideal for a versatile sports jacket. Let us put to rest those nagging questions with our answers in today's Q-kipedia: 

 

The Suit Jacket

 

The suit jacket is the most formal and the sports jacket is on the other end of the spectrum, informal. The suit jacket and pant is cut with the same fabric to become a suit. It is usually well-fitted to the wearer's body for a sharp and smart silhouette suited for formalwear.

Suit jacket fabrics are often drapey, crisp and flat to create a clean silhouette. They are worn together with the pants to avoid the jacket color from being washed out over time. Thus, it is not recommended to wear the suit jacket separately from the suit pants.

 

The Sports Jacket

 

On the other hand, the sports jacket are usually thicker in material, coarser and worn commonly by itself with chinos, linen or jeans. Cut and fit wise, it is more slack than the suit jacket but, base on your preference, you can choose to have a looser, more comfortable fit or a slimmer fit. There can be a wide range of design options for the sports jacket as it is meant to be worn in a more casual setting. You can choose to add an elbow patch, do a patch pocket instead of a formal flap pocket etc. In recent years, we see a trend towards contemporary sport jacket styles such as the bomber jacket, shacket and the zip-up blouson jacket. You can learn more about these contemporary styles and how to wear them here

Regarding fabrics, the sports jacket comes in a wide range of flannel, wool blends, tweed, hopsack, seersuckers. Most importantly, the fabric must have some kind of texture or pattern to create a contrast between the jacket and the pants. It is not recommended to wear the jacket and pants in similar color tones: black with black.

Armed with technical fabric knowledge and design skills, the Q Team will be happy to help you out with making your ideal suit / sports jacket. Do drop us a message and chat with us! 



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Sizing Chart
SHIRT SIZING

Size

Chest (Shirt) Chest (Body) Collar Shoulder Sleeve Length
46 40" / 102cm 36" / 91cm 15" / 38cm 17" / 43cm 25" / 63.5cm 28.5" / 72cm
48 42" / 107cm 38" / 96.5cm 15.5" / 39.5cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 25.5" / 65cm 29" / 73.5cm
50 44" / 112cm 40" / 102cm 16" / 40.5cm 18" / 45.5cm 26" / 66cm 29.5" / 75cm
52 46" / 117cm 42" / 107cm 16.5" / 42cm 18.5" / 47cm 26.5" / 67.3cm 30" / 76cm
54 48" / 122cm 44" / 112cm 17" / 43.2cm 19" / 48cm 27" / 68.5cm 30.5" / 77.5cm
56 50" / 127cm 46" / 117cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 19.5" / 49.5cm 27.5" / 70cm 31" / 78.5cm