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A Suit Coat Isn't a Sport Coat!

A Suit Coat Isn't a Sport Coat!

How, where and when did it go this far? When did men say to themselves, "You know what...I'm going to wear this suit jacket as a sport coat with a pair of jeans!" This is by far my biggest "pet-peeve" and someone needs to explain this faulty mindset.

Growing up, I obsessively watched the show Frasier. I was constantly flabbergasted by the idea that men, "real men", wore beautifully tailored clothing and literally knew everything about the items that they were wearing. From the Spanish shoes to the Italian suits, Frasier Crane was the epitome of what to wear and how to wear it. To me, it was interesting for a man to actually care about how they presented himself. In my hometown, there were plenty of men that dressed up for Sunday Church, but that was about it. Rarely, if ever, did you see a man dressed in clothing that he had picked for himself or that he even knew how to wear.

Fast forward to 2019, where now many men have no idea how to wear a sport coat or even what you should wear to "go out." Pick any restaurant in Lynchburg and you will see a handful of young executives wearing a suit jacket with a pair of dark denim pants and they seem to have no issue with it or even knowledge about the fact that this is a fashion nightmare. So, with this blog post, I am going to guide this generation, and hopefully a few others, about the sartorial elegance of wearing a sport coat.

Sport coats are an interesting piece of fashion. For years, the idea of a sport coat was built around the idea of sporting. I know, that's pretty obvious given the name. However, you'd be surprised to know that most people do not grasp that concept. For example, during the 1950s-1970s, the idea of wearing a sport coat instead of a suit to work was something that was frowned upon. Most men wore a sport coat only on the weekends to the country club or a barbecue or something of that nature. Now, the idea of a true, fun, elegant, bold sport coat is lost. Sport coats are meant to show your fun side, not show that you took a dark blue suit jacket and tried to turn it into a sport coat with jeans.

First, the main difference in a sport coat and suit coat is usually the fabric. Suits are usually a worsted wool and can either be a year around weight or a weight that is subject to one's climate (I obviously know that there are other fabrics for suiting, but for this blog just indulge my layman's explanation). Now, a sport coat is usually made from a blend of fabrics or even a straight forward fabric like linen, flannel wool, cashmere and so forth depending on the season. Another difference is the fit of a suit jacket as opposed to a sport coat. A suit jacket with usually have more of a padded shoulder and more structure to appear more professional.This then leads to the pockets of a suit jacket as opposed to a sport coat. Most suit jackets will have flap pockets, while a sport coat will have patch pockets or flap pockets if the coat is more dressy in nature.

Second, wearing a sport coat is something that should be enjoyed and should be fun. That means a sport coat will usually have more of a fun color, texture or print as opposed to a straightforward suit. With that in mind, a sport coat is one of the best places to display your personality. If you're bold, go with a BIG PLAID. If you're more conservative, go with a solid color that has a texture to it. This leads me to the main issue that so many men have with sport coats.

Wear them, do not be afraid of standing out. Do not be afraid of not matching. At the end of the day, everyone has a blue blazer. Everyone can figure out what to wear with that. However, a sport coat takes practice. It takes dedication to hone in the art of being a better man. At the end of the day, you are the only person that can stand out and be you, so why not be the best version you can be.

If this blog post still leaves you confused on what to wear with a sport coat and why you shouldn't wear a suit jacket as one, you know where to find me... R. Coffee Ltd.

 

-James R. Bower Jr.

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Dress for the Party

Dress for the Party

Growing up, I had an older gentleman that was a friend of mine. We would see each other at the country club from time to time and every time I would see him he was always dressed very dapper. I always wondered why he continued to dress like a classic gentleman and looked so put together every time I would see him. One day, I finally got the nerve to ask him.

I asked, "Sir, I have always wondered why you dress so well every day. Why is it that you even wear a bow tie to play golf? Don't your nice clothes get dirty?" His response is something that changed the way I looked at myself and life forever. He said, "Son, dress for the party." I responded, "But, there isn't a party. You're just playing golf?" He then said, "Dress everyday as if it was party!"

Elaborating, he said, "Jimmy, I grew up very poor and, as with any poor family, there is always a rich aunt. One day, I went over to her house and she had beautiful china, linens and sterling silver cups and I asked her why she never used them. She said that they were only for special occasions. She died a week later only having used her china and nice things very little. I made a decision that day, that I would live everyday as if it were a party. I would wear my nice clothes. I would use the nice china because at any moment it could all be over."

Walking away, the older gentleman could not have known that what he said to me would be something I would carry for the rest of my life. But, I have and I have tried to live my life like he did. A year or so later, I learned he had passed. But, the idea that he bestowed on me and the wisdom he left with me is something that must be shared. So, if there is one thing that you can take away from this short blog post it is this:

-Live life as if today it could be all be over.

-Eat that extra piece of cake because it could be the last.

-Buy that nice watch because you deserve it.

-Wear your "Sunday Best" as often as you can.

-Realize that if it gets warn out that it is ok. You can always buy another suit, but you can't buy back the days you spent in it.

I hope this post will bring some ideas forth for you as it did for me!

 

DRESS FOR THE PARTY

-James R. Bower Jr.

 

 

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Time For Change...?

Time For Change...?

Throughout the centuries, there has only been one true constant in the world...clothing. Yes, I get it. You're thinking to yourself, "What is this guy talking about, of course clothing has always been a constant. People can't walk around naked!" I get that, but clothing has and will always be a constant thing that people need, and indulge in, in order to make a difference in their lives.

It's completely cheesy and moderately self-satisfying for me to say this, but clothing is the one thing that people use to make themselves feel better about themselves. Ever since I can remember, clothing was a struggle for me. At the ripe age of 12 I was 200lbs.+ and yes, it was hard to look in the mirror growing up and be confident in what I saw. This was until I decided to do something about it. I started to dress better and that, in turn, made me want to physically look "better".  I took my health into my hands and even though it took multiple attempts and weight gain back and forth I have kept 60lbs. off for five years.

This post is in no way a means for me to "brag" or "boast" about what I was able to accomplish, this post is made for people to realize that it might be time for a change and that clothing is one way to make yourself want that change. No, clothing is not the end all to all your health problems or self-image problems. It is just a way to show the world who you really are and that you are accepting yourself. In this journey of life, you are always going to have things that need to be worked on. Whether it be a spiritual aspect or even a self-image aspect, the journey never ends.

My theory has, and always will be, that on this journey why not put your best self forward? I believe that the aspect of dressing well and presenting the best version of yourself is found by digging deep and presenting that version of yourself that represents who you are. It just happens to be that one of the best ways to do that is by dressing to your personality and who you are.

You know that old saying "You only get one chance to make a first impression?" Well, that is so true, but one thing that men have to realize is that the second impression, third and fourth impression has the same impact on that person you're meeting as the first impression. ALWAYS present the best version of yourself! This is why we, at R. Coffee Ltd., have been in business 31 years. Our philosophy is found in the idea of "Curated Clothing for Every Man", this concept is based on that fact that we spend countless hours pouring through hundreds of clothing vendors to find You the best clothing available on the market. This is also why we have everything from casual t-shirts to sport coats, Every Man deserves the chance to dress well, no matter what his personality is.

We are here to help make you feel good about yourself. I knew the first day in my career here that I was in the right place. I had a customer walk in and asked for a suit. I take him back show him to his size and pick out a gorgeous suit that I knew would fit perfectly and fit his personality. When he first came in, his personality was rather boring and he barely spoke. However, by the time I had him in his suit and had him look in the mirror, his face completely changed and he felt like a new man. He left the store with a huge grin on his face and has been back three times a year ever since.

This is why I am in this industry, I want to make Every Man feel like that man did leaving my store or even when they are on this website. I am here for you and if you need anything at all please contact us through email or even call the store! Small business builds Big relationships and I am here for any question or concern.

-James R. Bower Jr.

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