Sports Jacket Fabric Overview – Tweeds – Glen Check – Hopsack – Houndstooth – A Tailored Suit

Sports Jacket Fabric Overview – Tweeds – Glen Check – Hopsack – Houndstooth – A Tailored Suit


All right. I am going to be going over Sport
Jacket Fabrics. And this is a general overview. As you can see I have got a lot of fabrics
laid out here. They are pretty layered. So I am going to spend some time going through
each of them. And so let me go ahead and start off with ñ let us start off with the tweeds.
Right here we have got a Donegal tweed. And Donegal tweed is interesting because it basically
is ñ itís rough wearing like any of the tweeds. Theyíve got a bit of a thicker softer
and nap feel. These are going to be medium to heavy weight fabrics and what we are talking
is everything here is going to weight more than about 12 ounces. And so we are going to see some things actually
up to probably I would say 14 maybe even 15 ounces here. And these are going to be heavier
fabrics. I donít ñ none of these are actually Harris tweeds. I pull most of my tweeds from
a Italy. I like them. Theyíre a little bit more light weight and I find it thatís more
for at least three seasoned wear. But the thing that youíll notice about the tweeds
besides the texture and the weight is the complicated design. And I love tweeds because
whenever you wear these fabrics it is clear that these are a sport jacket. Theyíre not
going to have a matching pair of trousers. So here weíve got some of the Donegal tweeds
and this ñ this ñ what I mean by Donegal is that the actual patterns here, so we can
see we got a lighter fabric going one way and then darker fabrics in a mixed. So this
right here would be great for a man with sandy blond hair, the same right here maybe a little
bit blondish brown hair. And here a man with medium brown hair maybe a little bit of ruddy
reddish skin. Also a man with darker brown hair could pull this off, a man with black
hair could pull this as well because we see we have got the ñ the little bit darker specs
in there, but a man with darker hair, black hair his going to look great in this. And this ñ because these fabrics are going
to better frame the face, thatís why Iím suggesting them. Okay. And this would be for
a man that letís say he is getting a little bit of a gray. And the white light color it
is going to work well with him with the colors in his hair and additionally a man with black
hair could pull this off as well. Dark colored hair man this would be a great a ñ maybe
even with a medium complected skin. I ñ I a dark ñ let us say a dark color ñ colored
a hair man with let us say an African-American man with medium to dark skin this would look
great as well. Blues, very versatile both of these right
here. This ñ and you going to see this is pretty standard as I say this for the lighter
colored hair man although it would still work for a man with dark colored hair and dark
colored skin, but this is really going to look great on that type of a man. And it is
going to ñ this a man with sandy blond hair could pull this off, but he is going to be
a bit over powered by the dark ñ by the dark contrast especially if you will wear this
with a light colored shirt. Well, this with a white shirt is going to have a less contrast,
but ñ and it is going to not this over powering, but it is to look great with his light-colored
hair. Okay, I have talked about the cells where
this is one of my favorite fabrics. Itís got a bit of a reddish brown tenting very
a ñ an earth tone, just a very ñ very nice feeling as well, in fact, the more I touch
this, the more the more in danger I become of getting this fabric. But reds? The ñ the
thing with reds is theyíre not as versatile because theyíre going to be remembered more,
but because they were an earth tone because this has a lot of brown field to it, itís
going to be still pretty versatile in terms of the clothing that will match. Itís not
versatile because people will remember it, but itís versatile in terms of you could
actually wear this with a pair of dark denim jeans or gray flannelled trousers, very versatile
fabric, in terms of which you can wear up again, people will remember it. This one right here another great fabric for
a man with medium brown hair. It can go actually it is kind of a middle fabric, very versatile
there. And see we get in to a ñ start getting the more. Now busier patterns like this are
going to make this jacket less versatile, harder to match, weíre going to be careful
with the shirts. You match it with, go for solids or stripes. You can see this ñ this
ñ ok here ñ here we start to get a bit more of a pattern in this, these are going to be
great fabrics for a ñ yeah for ñ for a man that wants to introduce a bit of color on
this one, has a bit of a semi-solid pattern in it. This would be a great for a man with
black hair, a dark colored hair. All right, now listen we have got a herringbone weave,
can you see that? So we got a herringbone weave. And this ñ this is a semi-solid ñ
this would be great again foe a man with a sandy light colored brown hair, blond hair,
this would go great with him… …even a man ñ if you had grayish hair,
also you can bring in this. Blondish brown hair, darker brown hair possibly even black
colored hair. This one you can actually, a man with actually a white hair, or a graying
hair, this would go great. So normally the blues wouldnít work for me because it has
a bit of spotting. You can see that right there they had bit of spotting a white. That
is going to work well for him. This would go great for an ñ for an older
man who does not want to be over powered by a lot of color, but the texture and kind of
ñ though ñ though there is like a little bit of a ñ I see a little bit of grayish
blue in there. And that would work well to pull color out of your eyes. And then this
room right here, it is not just a little bit of a random reds and blues, these types of
fabrics are very hard wearing. And I ñ I would say though for the younger man. All right. Now these tweed fabrics, these
are the ones that are going to have check patterns in them. And you want to wear something
like this if you want to add weight to your profile. So if you are a thinner man, a tall
lanky man or just a regular sized medium built man, you want to go for something like this,
if youíre heavy set. You want to be careful with patterns like this because the lines
going across; lines that go horizontal are going to kind of to draw their eyes out. And
that is not what you want, you want a more stream line look, a look that goes up and
down. And you will noticed it again, this would
be great for a man with darker hair, here a man lighter colored hair, sandy blond, lighter
colored even gray hair, this is a very ñ very blue fabric. Again, but for the light,
this would look great on a man with blondish, sandy blond hair, light-colored hair with
a ñ let us say a ñ a white shirt or even a pink short, you know, something with ñ
maybe even with a bit of texture or a pattern in it. And then go with an orange tie, that
would look great. Lighter colored hair I ñ can you get the
pattern. All the sudden man with a ñ man with gray hair, man with a medium brown because
of the brown hair that is even will be able to pull that out. This is going to be for
ñ now this blue I talked about was for the man that has lighter colored hair. This is
the blue for the man with the darker colored hair. So it just ñ just definitely black
ñ a black gentlemen whoís got a black hair, medium to dark colored skin, this is going
to look great on him, if he actually had a really light colored skin you could pull this
one off or ñ or this way. Again both of these are going to be for the
man with the dark colored hair. And a man lighter less contrast, lighter complexion,
definitely for a man with light contrast you see the green, and the lavender, the great
thing about this very unique fabric. And if you were to wear this with a lavender shirt,
it would really draw out the color. All right you can see we are now bringing in the herringbone.
And you see this herringbone we actually got a check pattern in it, but it still got the
ñ the herringbone pattern. So you can actually ñ herringbones are very
common. And if you wanted something that didnít have any of the check pattern in it, we could
find that as well. As dark colored again for a man with a dark hair, dark brown hair, I
am not a big fun of black tweeds, but I know someone like them. These greens amazing very
unique it is got a lot of color, a lot of a ñ a lot of things you could wear with this.
This ñ this brown here, this brownish top very nice. Here we got a little bit of green,
gray, not ñ not a big fan of the grays, this blue very complicated. And then right there
see, so these fabrics right here are great for sports jackets, but there are always going
to be very in formal. They are very casual fabrics, probably because are not only in
the texture but of the complicated pattern, in just the overall feeling for tweed. So, if wanted to go with a bit formal of a
sports jacket, that is when you are going to go and you are going to look it, something
that is made out of the worsted wool and bribe ñ what I mean worsted wool, I mean, it is
like a ñ itís a tighter woven yarn. And these are going to be more delicate, so here
we see a birdís eye, as it looks a lot of little birdís eyes. These are gray, I am
not a big fan on them in gray, but getting a birdís eye in a blue or a darker ñ this
birdís eye are very nice. You can clearly see it ñ it actually, it look like a blazer
from a distance, but it would be a truly sports jacket. All of a sudden we start getting the Glen
checks with check patterns. Again, Iím not a huge fan of the grays as a sports jacket… …because I believe a sports jacket ñ I
stay away from grays because I want to keep the trousers gray, and ñ and every ñ then
the sports jacket, I stick with the blues and browns those are my two favorite colors,
but you know again reds, anything that kind of various close to that family it is going
to work for you. One of my favorites right here this is a Glen
check with a ñ in a dark blue great for a sports jacket that will often be a mistaken
for a blazer. And here weíve got that same fabric and a little bit lighter blue, in fact,
the jacket that you will see me in an often times is made from this fabrics right here.
This one has got a brownish ñ brownish color to it and now we start running into a nails
head, which is very similar to a birdís eye, but the pattern it ñ itís less of an eye
looking it basically a nail head itís what it looks like. This blue one is very strong
in addition into this brown is actually it makes a very sleek amazing looking jacket. And then we start running into shark skin.
And sharks skin, light gray it works out as a pretty good sports jacket. Sharks skin,
it has a rougher look to it, so if you are going to go with the shark skin I would look
at a blue, I would look at a tan or a brown. Do not go with the stripe, stripes are for
suits, so any type of chalks stripe, pen stripe, donít go with a sports jacket like that.
Not going to be as versatile. I will talk quickly about Houndstooth fabrics,
these are for your busy fabrics and they are ones that ñ this color right here you can
find them, but I do not normally recommend them, I ñ theyíve have got a very strong
English feel to them and some men do ask them, but the Houndstooth is a very busy pattern.
And I believe itís ñ itís something thatís not nearly versatile. I will recommend for
maybe for third or fourth sports jacket possibly going with the Houndstooth if you really like
that fabric. Over here weíve got a mohair; so mohair is
very light weight. You can actually make a suite from it. But I like this mohair in a
blazer, as ñ excuse me ñ especially a summer blazer this is going to be very light weight,
very breathable. And then these colors, it actually works very well as a sports jacket.
Very clearly this is not part of a suite, not a big fan of this color, too close to
gray. Now here is one of my favorites, hopsack, you probably have seen this brown hopsack
fabric, because I have a jacket made from this, but as you can see hopsack comes in
a wider range. It is a very loose weave; uses a larger yarn.
And the great thing about hopsack is itís very breathable. I like to make this kind
of jackets online great for summer wear. And the texture and the weave just makes it a
bit more casual, although you can go in to a darker colored hopsack, such as this navy
or this blue. And it is going to be ñ it just looks amazing in a blazer. All right,
well weíve covered a wide range of sports jackets. The key to remember about the sport
jacket fabrics is that, you do not want them to look like your trousers, you want them
to be clearly separate that not to look like a suite that it came off of a suite jacket
or there are ñtheyíre a blazer. A sport jacket is for sport. So these are
going to be rough. There are other little things you can do on the style and Iíve talked
about that elsewhere. But no, donít be afraid to get a sports jacket and to wear it, wear
until it wears out. Okay, take care. Bye-bye.

21 Replies to “Sports Jacket Fabric Overview – Tweeds – Glen Check – Hopsack – Houndstooth – A Tailored Suit”

  1. Excellent video 🙂
    Antonio, there's a fabric called "cashmere coarsehair" by loro piana, i have a sportcoat made of this material & only paid around $200 max for it, it's made by nordstroms.. I don't know if you could ask for this fabric but believe me when i tell you is 1 of the most amazing fabrics i ever felt 🙂

  2. @subdrvr A good question! Yes, a tanned bald head will work well with much the same colors as a sandy blonde.

  3. How much do you know about sports jacket fabrics?
    Check out this video http://youtu.be/yUGWLgo6jgA as I discuss my general overview of these fabrics:

    Tweeds
    Glen Check
    Hopsack
    Houndstooth
    and more…

    #sportsjacket #fabrics 

  4. what pattern would you recommend a short mans sport coat?

    also what's the first color sport coat one should buy?

    Please answer you'd help a lot. thank you antonio

  5. ahhahhaha, they way you pronounce Donegal, Irish people would be laughing. Its all good though! Hope youre well Antonio. Tell me what you think of my wardrobe on the public fb page. Love you videos, been a fan for too many years!!!!

  6. This video deserves to be made in a high quality. Great content that you be even more great in new style. 🙂

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