Today’s jacket is an odd one in more than one sense of the word.  Another name for a sport coat or blazer is an “odd jacket,” not because it’s weird but because it’s not part of a suit; it doesn’t have matching pants.  Likewise, “odd trousers” are those that don’t have a matching jacket, and an “odd vest” is one that matches neither.

But this jacket is odd in another sense because it combines elements of a traditional American Ivy League-style jacket with other details that are normally found on a more British-style jacket.  The very natural, lightly padded shoulder, only two sleeve buttons, and overall slightly slouchy cut are American hallmarks, but they’re usually found with three buttons, a sack cut (no darts), and a center vent.  On the other hand, this jacket has two buttons, darts, side vents, and a ticket pocket, decidedly English touches that usually go with a more structured, padded-shoulder cut a la the gun club check jacket I posted earlier this week.

Whatever this oddball jacket is, I like it. My camera doesn’t seem to like the pattern, though.


Jacket: Logan’s of Midway, KY; thrifted, $8
Shirt: Brooks Brothers, thrifted, $4
Sweater vest: Vintage, no brand name listed, thrifted, $5
Pants: Brooks Brothers, outlet clearance, $15
Shoes: Crockett & Jones for Brooks Brothers, clearance, $180

Total: $212
If I’d paid retail prices: $1200 or more

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2 Responses to An Odd Jacket

  1. Love it! I was actually thinking of wearing a very similar ensemble this evening when we’ll have a few dinner guests.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke

  2. yanick charbonneau says:

    interesting comments ( especially since i’m neither American nor English )

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