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