For guys who love a good sport coat, summer poses a sartorial problem: how does one wear the always-dapper garment without sweating to death? The answer: soft coats.
Soft coats are partially lined or unlined jackets, and are commonly made of seersucker, linen, cotton or another lightweight fabric. The lighter fabric and absence of a lining makes a soft coat more breathable, and thus more comfortable when the temperature starts to climb.
Less material on the inside means a soft coat isn’t as structured as your typical wool suit jacket. Instead, a soft coat drapes over the body, and produces a less dramatic shape. This is a classic warm weather style because a guy can look put-together and not risk melting in the sun.
Interestingly, a soft coat actually takes longer to make than a regular sport coat or suit jacket. Because it has no lining (or less lining), all of its seams are exposed, and it takes significantly more time and craftsmanship to make the seams clean than it does to cover them up with a liner. And this is important, because you want to throw your jacket over the back of your chair and not worry about flashing a big, patchy mess of thread.
Christopher James Menswear carries two lines of superior soft coats: Flynt and Ibiza. We love both brands. They each pay very close attention to detail and boast quality construction. Here’s a small sampling of their soft coats:
So, ensure that your summer style will be classy and comfortable by coming into Christopher James Menswear and getting a few Flynt and Ibiza soft coats. When the sun is beating down and women are peering over their sunglasses at you, the cool, well-heeled gent, you’ll be glad to turn up the heat.
Christopher James Menswear is located in Covington Plaza in downtown Fort Wayne. Find us here.
We look forward to seeing you.