There is no denying it, coats made from luxurious fabrics such camel hair, alpaca, cashmere etc. are heavenly in every possible way. The fabric’s superior handle, colour and softness can improve a man’s presence far beyond that of any cottons or wools; however, like a proverbial double-edged sword, the fabric’s opulent character can just as easily swing against the wearer’s favor and void him of his presence - especially if the rest of his outfit isn’t up to par, making him end up looking like the coat’s accessory.
As such, a guy like myself (a student) would look completely out of place when donned in a coat made from such materials. What we need are jackets that straddle the transitional zone between formal and casual, a jacket that is better suited for those who sip on lattes rather than those who snack on caviar.
The houndstooth tweed jacket above is one such example, traditionally designed as a hunting jacket for Englishmen out in the country, this hard-wearing jacket is a good middle ground for those looking to perk up their regular attire. Complete with details like elbow patches, a back belt, patch pockets and a collar tab, this is a jacket that would paired well with anything from denim to wool trousers.