The Return of the Sportcoat

March 21st, 2016

I shouldn’t call it a comeback. Gentlemen have been wearing sporcoats (or “blazers”, or “odd jackets” – depending on what era you’re from) for hundreds of years.

Although, with tailoring becoming more and more popular among millennial consumers and “influencers” around the world, the tailored jacket is starting to see a strong resurgence. We’re not talking about the stiff, padded, boxy jackets that our fathers and grandfathers wore (although, those can be cool too).

We’re talking about a new breed of jacket that is once again becoming the anchor of the modern gentleman’s wardrobe. It’s lightweight, cut from a high quality naturally-blended cloth, unstructured with soft shoulders, and tailored personally for him – of course. The modern menswear consumer is highly educated, after all. He can no longer be fooled with ill-fitting, short-term purchases.

With that said, for our Spring/Summer 2016 collection we included a small selection of versatile “odd jackets” that are designed to be the perfect match with several of our trousers and shirts. When choosing these fabrics, my goal was to create a garment that represented the ideals of slow fashion… A great sportcoat is a piece that should look great on a man in his 20s, 40s, 60s, 80s and beyond.

That’s the kind of long-term design and anti-fast-fashion that we get excited about in the AOS office.

    Earthtone Glenplaid


    Our earthtone glenplaid provides the performance and wrinkle-release of high-twist wool, the luxurious sheen and texture of silk, and the ultimate breathability of linen. And of course, you know how we feel about the versatility and flattering effect of earth tones and brown & green.


    Suggested trouser combos for this jacket: olive worstedsand linenmedium grey frescodark chocolatekhaki cottonsilk tweed houdstooth.


    The Earthtone Glenplaid Jacket 

    38% Wool, 31% Silk, 31% Linen


    Heather Houndstooth


    Our heather houndstooth fabric is the perfect lightweight blend of linen and tropical wool. The subtle micro-houndstooth pattern incorporates cream and heather grey to create a vintage-inspired texture that harkens back to a bygone era when gentlemen dressed with elegance, class and sophistication.


    Suggested trouser combos for this jacket: navy hopsackessential charcoalblack stretch woolessential light navyburgundy worsted.


    The Heather Houndstooth Jacket

    52% Linen, 48% Wool


    Columbia Glenplaid


    It’s hard to go wrong with a jacket in shades of blue and cream. Our Columbia Glenplaid (named after my Alma Mater – Roar Lion Roar) is a modern take on a traditional menswear garment that was originally designed to transition from business to casual.


    Suggested trouser combos for this jacket: blue stretch woolessential light greynavy hopsackgraphite nailheadcream linenkhaki cotton.


    The Columbia Glenplaid Jacket

    40% Wool, 35% Silk, 25% Linen


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    • Dan Trepanier


    • Daniel Navarro

      I’ve noticed in a lot of your pictures that you have a flat-front pant with cuffs. I’ve always been told that it needed to be a plain hem. I’m loving it, but would it be appropriate?

      • Dan Trepanier

        Absolutely! I wear flat front 95% of the time, and I’d say about half of my trousers have cuffs (more so the heavier weights than the lighter weights). I really like a deep 2″ cuff with a trim ankle and a very light break… Of course, this is an easy change at the tailor, so it’s fairly non-committal. Cheers Daniel!

    • LarsBrown.

      Great article. Huge fan of a blazer and the Earthtone Glenplaid is an amazing peice.

      On a slightly different note, i’ve been thinking of picking up a Stetson for a little while (although I keep putting it off as I’m not 100% sure I’d suit it)… Any advice for this??

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thanks brother – I’ve been loving the Earthone glanplaid – it’s one of those fabrics that is stunning in person due to the silk blend as well… My advise on hat shopping is to try-on a lot of hats… It’s one of those things that’s hard to tell if it will “work” until you see it on your dome… You must have some decent hat shops out there in London that carry Stetson, no? Otherwise go online with free returns and order a few, keep the one that works…

        • LarsBrown.

          Appreciate the advice, brother. Going to have a little wander around the city to find some hat shops this weekend and see what I can come up with. I’ll keep you posted!

    • JoeFromTexas

      Your models can’t get some love, at least a “Modeling by” byline?! Just curious whether the model that isn’t Will is actually a singer or if Alex was just having fun with props.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Hah! Rob was spitting hot flames that I wish we could share…

    • AdamE

      The Sportcoat never went anywhere, just a subset of men temporarily developed poor taste for a period…
      Some awesome pieces in this one, and great photos…

      • Dan Trepanier

        Agreed. It’s on each of us to bring back a level of taste and elegance…

    • Ethan W.

      All fantastic pieces with some great photography as always!