Episode 18 of our Sartorial Talks is online.
In this episode, Sonya is addressing a subject that can be often quite confusing for many : The difference between a Blazer, a Jacket, a Suit Coat and a Sport Coat.
You can watch the episode below :
G. Bruce Boyer, who is of course quoted in the video, is summarizing the subject as follow :
Today in English, coat and jacket are used interchangeably [e.g., “sports coat” or “sports jacket”] with the following exceptions:
1. A “coat” is a garment that is worn over another tailored garment, while a jacket is usually not.
2. A coat may be either long or short, but a jacket is always short.
3. A suit is always a “coat and trousers”, never a “jacket and trousers”.
4. Specific sports and activities attire is always “jacket”, as in Norfolk jacket, mess jacket, Eton jacket.
5. A dinner outfit is always comprised of “dinner jacket and trousers”.
Cheers ! Hugo