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Parsing the Men’s Jacket: Blazers, Suit Jackets, and Sport Coats
When it comes to men’s jackets, there is a lot of misinformation and unfounded assumptions circling around in the ether. While most men have at least one of these jackets, the average Joe might not know which category his jacket actually falls into. To avoid making a sartorial blunder and showing up to an occasion wearing the inappropriate jacket, we’ve compiled this guide to parsing the distinctions between blazers, suit jackets, and sport coats. So study up, and soon you’ll be a veritable expert in your own right.
Sport Coats
Out of the three primary groups of men’s jackets, the sport coat is the least formal and has the most functional versatility. As one would assume from the name, the sport coat was originally worn for use during hunting, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. The materials were typically more varied than suit jackets and blazers, with favored choices being corduroy and tweed. According the Esquire, the sport coat is distinct from its brethren for certain elements, “it had pockets with flaps, often an extra flapped ticket pocket, and was of softer construction than a suit jacket. As a modern fashion item, it should still retain the somewhat rustic, earthy look of its forebear (even when made in cashmere).” Over time, the sport coat has evolved for use in semi-casual scenarios, but retains its sturdy fabrics and diverse selection of patterns and styles.
Blazers
Moving up a rung in formality to business casual, the blazer is similar in style to the sport coat but it is solid rather than patterned. While sport coats have evolved from outdoor land sports, the blazer is a descendant of naval and nautical attire. To this day, blazers remain popular in use for uniforms for schools, airlines, and of course rowing and boating groups. Traditionally, the blazer was worn with a button down shirt, often with a tie and slacks, but modern wearers have taken to pairing their blazers with jeans and tee shirts for a more dressed down appearance. Designers like VK Nagrani put their own unique spin on the traditional jacket, giving it a modern makeover. The brand exudes commitment to quality. The founder writes, “There are so few people who truly seek the exquisite; most are satisfied with the average.” Given their comfortable weight, blazers are a popular choice for men throughout the year.
Suit Jackets
Finally, the suit jacket is the most formal of the three and, as you can guess from the name, comes as part of a suit. The suit jacket is made from the material as the accompanying trousers, and in some cases, vest, so as to match and give off a cohesive appearance. While the suit jacket comes in a variety of different styles, like the American, Italian, and English variations, the jacket is typically cut in a slightly different manner from blazers and sport coats. While blazers feature patch pockets sewn directly onto the exterior of the jacket, suit jackets feature pockets that are either covered with a flap or jetted to keep their linear form. The buttons on a suit jacket are typically more subtle than those on a blazer. Blazer buttons are often brass in contrast to the navy fabric, while suit jackets are made with buttons of a similar color to the fabric. This allows the buttons to blend more naturally with the rest of the jacket and contribute to its streamlined appearance. There is a bit more decorum when it comes to wearing a suit jacket as well. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about how to handle the jacket buttons, men typically leave the bottom button undone at all times, while the top button should only be unbuttoned while one is seated.
Now you know the differences between a sport coat, a blazer, and a suit jacket. Time to go out into the world and spread your knowledge.
Parsing the Men’s Jacket: Blazers, Suit Jackets, and Sport Coats
When it comes to men’s jackets, there is a lot of misinformation and unfounded assumptions circling around in the ether. While most men have at least one of these jackets, the average Joe might not know which category his jacket actually falls into. To avoid making a sartorial blunder and showing up to an occasion wearing the inappropriate jacket, we’ve compiled this guide to parsing the distinctions between blazers, suit jackets, and sport coats. So study up, and soon you’ll be a veritable expert in your own right.

Sport Coats

Out of the three primary groups of men’s jackets, the sport coat is the least formal and has the most functional versatility. As one would assume from the name, the sport coat was originally worn for use during hunting, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. The materials were typically more varied than suit jackets and blazers, with favored choices being corduroy and tweed. According the Esquire, the sport coat is distinct from its brethren for certain elements, “it had pockets with flaps, often an extra flapped ticket pocket, and was of softer construction than a suit jacket. As a modern fashion item, it should still retain the somewhat rustic, earthy look of its forebear (even when made in cashmere).” Over time, the sport coat has evolved for use in semi-casual scenarios, but retains its sturdy fabrics and diverse selection of patterns and styles.

Blazers

Moving up a rung in formality to business casual, the blazer is similar in style to the sport coat but it is solid rather than patterned. While sport coats have evolved from outdoor land sports, the blazer is a descendant of naval and nautical attire. To this day, blazers remain popular in use for uniforms for schools, airlines, and of course rowing and boating groups. Traditionally, the blazer was worn with a button down shirt, often with a tie and slacks, but modern wearers have taken to pairing their blazers with jeans and tee shirts for a more dressed down appearance. Designers like VK Nagrani put their own unique spin on the traditional jacket, giving it a modern makeover. The brand exudes commitment to quality. The founder writes, “There are so few people who truly seek the exquisite; most are satisfied with the average.” Given their comfortable weight, blazers are a popular choice for men throughout the year.

Suit Jackets

Finally, the suit jacket is the most formal of the three and, as you can guess from the name, comes as part of a suit. The suit jacket is made from the material as the accompanying trousers, and in some cases, vest, so as to match and give off a cohesive appearance. While the suit jacket comes in a variety of different styles, like the American, Italian, and English variations, the jacket is typically cut in a slightly different manner from blazers and sport coats. While blazers feature patch pockets sewn directly onto the exterior of the jacket, suit jackets feature pockets that are either covered with a flap or jetted to keep their linear form. The buttons on a suit jacket are typically more subtle than those on a blazer. Blazer buttons are often brass in contrast to the navy fabric, while suit jackets are made with buttons of a similar color to the fabric. This allows the buttons to blend more naturally with the rest of the jacket and contribute to its streamlined appearance. There is a bit more decorum when it comes to wearing a suit jacket as well. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about how to handle the jacket buttons, men typically leave the bottom button undone at all times, while the top button should only be unbuttoned while one is seated.
Now you know the differences between a sport coat, a blazer, and a suit jacket. Time to go out into the world and spread your knowledge.

Today's Everyday Fashion: Nordstrom Sale

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Inspiration: Stella & Dot
Ivory sweater, tweed skirt, suede shoes
Ivory turtleneck sweater with statement necklace and sequin clutch
I experienced some serious fashion envy when I saw this inspiration photo. I think her ivory sweater and glammed up jewelry are the perfect holiday look! I searched my closet for ivory sweaters and this was the only thing I had that was relatively close to my inspiration. I wasn't sure at first if necklaces would work over the turtleneck, however I kind of like the end result (from far away it almost looks like the sweater has jewels attached to it). And if you prefer sweaters without turtlenecks, there are plenty of eyelash knit options similar to hers below. I may just scoop one up myself this season!
Sweater: American Eagle, old (similar, similar)
Skirt: LOFT, $36 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Banana Republic, $50 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Clutch: Limited, $15 (similarsimilar)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot, My Stella & Dot
Nail polish: Essie "Wicked"
Approx. dates: Sweater is 12 years ago. Shoes are 4 years ago. Clutch is 2 years ago. Skirt is 1 year ago. Bottom necklace is new.
Eyelash knits on a budget

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Bring Their 'Broad City' Hilarity to the Stage

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Photo: Comedy Central
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are not content to walk on stage. (That wouldn't be any fun, they explain.) When the comedians and pot enthusiasts perform, they like to make an entrance.
Jacobson and Glazer proved their commitment to showmanship at the inaugural stop on the Broad City: Live tour in Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier this week. To celebrate the occasion, the two burst out from behind thick black curtains, ran up to face the audience, and danced until both gasped for air.

“This is the portion of the show where we catch our breath,” Glazer said, panting. But the truth is neither she nor Jacobson has much time to breathe deep right now.

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The on-screen partners and avowed best friends created, write, and star in Broad City, which debuted on Comedy Central in January. Like so much that is good and weird in this millennial age, the cultish program is not native to the network. It got started on the web.

Almost five years ago, Jacobson and Glazer dreamed up Broad City and aired episodes of the project on YouTube. As the mythic story goes, Amy Poehler loved the already popular shorts so much that she agreed to executive produce a television adaptation of the madcap series. Her involvement did not invent the Broad City brand of brilliant absurdity. But it gave the funny girls the means to spread the gospel…and a very busy schedule.
Photo: Comedy Central

On Broad City, Abbi and Ilana hang out, hate gum, and transform colorful briefs into brilliant sartorial statements. In Cambridge, the pair premiered a clip from the first episode of the show’s hotly anticipated second season, which returns to Comedy Central in January. As it turns out, Abbi spends so much time in Bed, Bath & Beyond that she has developed secret handshakes with store staffers: “I have a cutting board with your name on it,” one tells her excitedly. In real life—“IRL,” as Glazer is so fond of saying, they are no longer quite so aimless.

“I just don’t have the time—nor the attention span at this point, honestly,” Glazer quipped. “I’ve developed ADHD from all the screens that are in my face all the time.”

But despite their mounting responsibilities and rising star status, Jacobson and Glazer have somehow managed to retain the boundless energy that most of us lose in kindergarten.
Related: The 'Broad City' Girls Share What's Next for the Show

On Tuesday, the duo hardly ever stood still.

Jacobson rolled around on the floor and hurdled herself and her phone into the audience, explaining that she had resolved to take pictures of as many attendees as possible.

Glazer circled her arms like a human windmill, fiddled with her microphone, and shimmied her hips to the tune of “The Circle of Life” for 33 mesmerizing seconds. “What?” she demanded, looking at Jacobson. “I have to keep our friends entertained!”

Later, Glazer offered a series of “micro-impressions” so brief you barely had time to laugh: Alanis Morissette, BeyoncĂ©, Lil Wayne, “a Jewish seal—basically Abbi,” Nicki Minaj ordering at a diner. “NotomatoesI’mallergiccanIgetpicklesonthesiiiiiiiidee?”

At one point, she and Jacobson disappeared entirely. When they emerged again, they were wearing rollerblades and brandishing multicolored ribbons. A man in the front row took one hard look at them and laughed so hard he cried.

Like its televised counterpart, Broad City: Live is not all lights and cameras and airbrushed perfection. It's less polished and more fun. It's hard to decide whether it feels more like an afternoon with your closest friends or how an epic night with Miley Cyrus could end up.

On the one hand, Jacobson and Glazer wear jeans and ripped tops like normal people, and you can't stop smiling because there's nowhere else in the world you would rather be. On the other, Glazer has cultivated a definite talent for twerking, and there are two giant inflatable birthday cakes on stage, which no one explains.

The good news is none of it needs to make sense. At least not all the time.
“Just remember,” Glazer reminded the crowd in her squeakiest baby voice. “No matter what happens, it’s all part of the show.”

Beauty Secrets From the Sky: 5 Unexpected Tips From a Flight Attendant

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Photo: Getty Images
You’ve all seen those photos—hell, we’ve even posted galleries of them on ELLE.com—of Miranda Kerr or Rihanna or Kim Kardashian emerging from an airport ready to greet the paparazzi as if they just woke up from an eight-hour nap and were attended to by a glam-squad midflight. Hair in bouncy waves, skin glowing, sunglasses on. So effortless! Right?
For us mere mortals, looking fresh faced and pulled together after a flight feels impossible. After all, you’ve just spent hours suppressing rage flames because the guy next to you downed four vodka cocktails and kept trying to chat while the kid behind you kicked your seat back as he played video games.

But when going from flight to meeting is part of your job, looking presentable is required.
So how to pull it off?

I decided to ask the real stars of the sky, the ones who spend most of their workweek in freezing, dry, pressurized cabins attending to stressed-out passengers: the flight crew. This past fashion month I had the pleasure of flying Emirates, and I was struck by how not-a-hair-out-of-place flawless the flight attendants were. Makena Hammond, a flight attendant who has been with Emirates for the past year, was happy to answer all my questions and share her tricks of the trade.
Photo: Emirates
LAY OFF THE BLOODY MARY MIX (AND THE COFFEE)
“Hydration is key when you’re in the air. Avoiding caffeine on a flight is definitely something that helps. In flight, we have a full face of makeup on, and I use an Evian face mist and breeze it over my face throughout the trip. It’s great because you can use it over makeup.”
 
DRINK/EAT THIS CABIN CREW-APPROVED CONCOCTION INSTEAD

“A thing that the cabin crew is doing now is putting chia seeds in our water because they’ve got omega-3s, fiber, and they’re supposed to give you this feeling of saturation. They look like little tadpoles, but they’re hard seeds. And in water, they get this jelly coat, and I really enjoy the texture so I drink more water. We eat a lot of nuts on board, and salads, and try to avoid salty foods because those make you retain water, and if you’re trying to look nice when you get off the plane, you don’t want that."
 
DON'T PILE THE MAKEUP ON

“Don’t overdo it [with makeup]. That’s key. We have a minimum we have to wear on our face—foundation, blush, the right shade of red lipstick (our lips have to match the red scrunchie) —but you want to look professional and beautiful and not like you tried really hard.”
 
BUT DO MAKE SURE IT LASTS

This comes straight from the Emirates cabin crew beauty guide: “Placing foundation over your lips and eyes can make the color stay on longer as well. Apply eye shadow afterwards and your looks will last on even the longest of flights. Waterproof mascara should be avoided as this dries out your lashes and is harder to remove after a flight or with a makeup wipe before sleeping on board.”
 
BE NICE TO YOUR SKIN POST FLIGHT

“After flights, I try to do a moisture mask to get my skin back in order. I use jojoba oil or almond oil on my face. If I’m too tired, I wipe it off with a face towel and leave just a little bit of oil on my face.”