They are bold, they are in-your-face, and they are definitely not for everyone. I’m not talking about plaid, check, gingham, or tweed sports coats. In an effort to bring man one step closer to becoming a peacock, vibrant pattern-drenched fabric befitting of your grandmother’s finest curtains have been fashioned once again into sports coats. Tom Ford, Etro, Walter Van Beirendonck, and several others have lead the Spring/Summer 2011 charge of 70s inspired über statement sports coats. Tom Ford’s formal, patterned single-button sports coats, have large peaked lapels and designed to be worn in lieu of a regular tuxedo jacket.
Others are going for a more relaxed, unstructured look and feel for their boldly patterned and vividly coloured jackets. Unlike our big bearded friend Mr. Walter Van Beirendonck, if you’re going to don one of these masterpieces, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit tame. The styling by Etro and Nautica is a great example of how one should go about coordinating their sports coat with a pair of neutral-coloured trousers or shorts. Same goes for the dress shirts or t-shirts – keep them simple. If you’re keen on some added colour or flair, it can be done playing with coloured accessories such as ties, belts, or shoes. You’ll likely end up paying a bit for one of these snazzy jackets, they can also be pretty hard to find. Try giving vintage and consignment shops a look as well. You never know what you might find. Happy peacocking guys.