Valentine’s Week: What to Buy Your Guy (The Unstructured Sportcoat)
Going on in Valentine’s week, we address what to get a guy for Valentine’s Day. Being completely honest, it is incredibly easy for a guy to buy a girl a present on Valentine’s Day. The number of incredibly stereotypical gifts that can be purchased last minute for women is pretty high. Now, keep in mind that I never stated that it’s easy for a guy to buy a girl a good present.
However, on the flip side I really don’t think there is an easy option for a girl to get the guy something, so I thought some advice might be in order. So ladies, (or gentlemen), what to buy your guy for Valentine’s Day this year?
The Unstructured Sportcoat.
The Unstructured (or Unconstructed/Deconstructed) Sportcoat has been a standby in European closets for years, only fairly recently coming over stateside, which is kind of funny, when you think about the way that it’s supposed to be worn. What sets this type of sportcoat apart from what you would normally wear is that the jacket has no internal canvassing. What this means in layman’s terms is that there’s no internal structure (hence the name) or lining save for the sleeves. This also means that there is no padding in the shoulder to give you that clean line that traditional blazers do. You can’t wear this coat to a formal event, but on the flip side, you can wear it with anything else.
Quite literally, in a non-formal setting, the unstructured sportcoat goes with everything. You can go with chinos and a button down to jeans and a t-shirt, and throwing on the coat will make everything look that much more put together. This isn’t a piece of clothing that needs to be coddled. Take it off, throw it on the chair. Rushed getaway? Ball it up and chuck it inside a duffel. You’ll find that a few wrinkles really adds to the look. You’re not trying too hard with this thing, it just looks good. Also, with spring coming up, the unlined nature and the general fabric that most designers use makes it a very convenient spring jacket. It’s light, but it holds up to the season. Get it in a classic hue like navy blue and your wardrobe will thank you. Guys, if you’re single, treat yo’ self and grab one (or three) for yourself. Might change the single thing.
Where to Buy:
Depending on how long you’ve been dating (or how much you love) your significant other, you have a couple of options.
Can’t tell you how much I’m loving Uniqlo right now. Clothing staples at incredibly reasonable prices, with great quality. (Uniqlo, $79.90)
rag & bone always puts out a collection that falls short of formalwear, but it’s elevated streetwear, just the type of place where the unstructured blazer belongs. (rag & bone, $495.00)
Trust me, if you got a dollar for every time you got a compliment wearing one of these, you’d probably be able to pay for the jacket. But alas, we don’t.