The Summertime Doublet

Sport Coats dress up what’s casual

Sport Coats are an essential staple for summertime. Those breezy boat trips and lavish cocktail parties call for a little fancying up and blazers are an ideal way to put a bit more panache over a simple button-down. But something to keep in mind gents: sport coats and blazers traditionally have been meant as semi-casual garments; weekend alternatives to the business suits worn throughout the workweek. Don’t be afraid to spruce yourself up while still maintaining a healthy distance from the buttoned down look you’ve had Monday through Friday. Ditch the shoulder pads and ease up on the structure a bit. Whether it’s a pop of color or slicker tailoring, kick your casual wardrobe into high gear this summer with sport coats from some of the hottest vendors.

John Varvatos (54 Newtown Ln., East Hampton)
Made in Italy, John Varvatos’ charcoal colored Basket Weave Jacket is the epitome of devil-may-care sophistication. Made of an uber-comfortable linen cotton, this slim t blazer with its convertible peak lapel and zip pocket detail is perfect for a nighttime party on the patio. The Cotton Jacket is an excellent choice for dressier, warm summer nights. With a subtle puckered effect, it makes a great companion to a nice pair of dark jeans. For something a bit more adventurous, the stylish stripes of the The Vintage Cotton Stripe Jacket would be a trendy move. To turn heads among those stuffy crowds, this piece has an angled, slitted chest pocket and flap hip pockets, as well as a reenvisioned 70’s-inspired back vent. The sleeve cu s are super simple, as are the shapes all around, grounding the jacket in a timeless place. It is rock star bold with some hints of Victorian air.

John Varvatos

Vineyard Vines (63 Main St., East Hampton)
Founded in 1998 near Martha’s Vineyard by brothers Shep and Ian Murray, the preppy flavored Vineyard Vines has got brightness on the menu this summer. The Unconstructed Herringbone Sport Coat is the epitome of studious sophistication. Pair it with some bright slacks or their nine inch Summer Club Shorts with a comfy pair of boat shoes and you’re good to go for a ride around The Sound. Keep an eye out for the adorable pink whale logo outside of their East Hampton location. Their motto? “Every day should feel this good.”

 

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Peter Millar (30 Main St., Southampton)
Soft coats seem to be in vogue this season as Peter Millar offers their own version on this classic staple. While they’ve got a flawless reputation for turning out cashmere sweaters to make us swoon, since 2001 Peter Millar has become a clothier synonymous with sophistication. Available in five colors (the Admiral Blue is particularly dashing), The Soft Coat has all of the breezy elegance of a Fitzgerald millionaire. If versatility is what you’re after, the Spring Gingham Soft Coat is light enough to slip into before stepping onto a yacht in July but the all-season wool makes it suitable for cooler air. Also, be sure to check out their incredible collection of travel gear, including the Collection Gramercy Laptop Case, if you absolutely must bring work with you on the weekends.

Peter Millar Spring 2016 clothing line designed by Raleigh based apparel company founded by Chris Knott. Photography by Heather Beasley.

Theory (98- 100 Main St., Southampton)
Visionary brand Theory has been known for years for being all about luxury and simplicity by way of solids, straight lines and slim fits. While their original focus was on stretch pants for women, their menswear line, launched in 1999, has become one of the most prominent and successful collections on the market. Their new Luxe Cotton Modern Jacket is light and sports an expertly tailored, youthful silhouette, available in both white stone and eclipse (black). Because the company is the brainchild of Calvin Klein exec Andrew Rosen and luxury designer Elie Tahari, there is a sleek sensibility evidenced in every stitch. Pick up a pair of their at-fronted, cool Neoteric Trousers in a variety of chalky grey tones. These are the quintessence of class. These threads are great for an upscale cocktail party, making a strong statement with very few words.

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