Sports coats in means wear demand as much thought and fashion acumen as any other piece of clothing. An attractive jacket with coordinating shirt, tie, slacks and shoes can work well for the office, with a customer or for a casual night on the town.
Determine whether you want a blazer or a sport coat. A blazer comes in solid colors (i.e., black, blue, camel) and brass buttons. It can be worn with jeans, khakis or trousers. Sport coats include all other colors and patterns.
Choose a fabric and consider whether it will be worn during summer or winter, or mostly in warm climates or cold climates. The fabric also will determine the available patterns and whether they are suitable with sweaters. Cashmeres and other wools are appropriate for winter. Summer jackets are made from fine wool blended with linen, silk or nylon.