Jeans and Jackets: The Rules to Play By

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You’ve heard us say it before, but we repeat—suits, sport coats and blazers are some of the most important staples found in a man’s wardrobe. On your way to the top, we can bet that menswear has left you scratching your head more than once. A constant string of questions that always leave you wondering: Does my shirt match my tie? Am I required to match my belt to my shoes? Will anyone even notice my patterned socks? And, what can I pair this brand-new sport coat with?

Once you can pick a suit jacket, sport coat or blazer out of a lineup, you’re ready for the next task: to denim or not to denim. The good news is, the rules are pretty easy. So get ready, today we’re schooling you on what the lower half should be wearing if you’ve opted for a suit jacket, sport coat or blazer.

Can I wear denim with a blazer or sport coat?

Our Rule: You bet. It’s A-OK to wear with a blazer or sport coat with jeans. In fact, this is hands down one of the easiest ways to dress up your favorite pair—so seriously, go wild. Other acceptable options? Enter chinos and twill pants.


Can I wear denim with a suit jacket?

Our Rule:  Hell no.

Alright, we owe you an explanation. In almost every situation, a suit jacket should never be worn with anything other than the pants that came with it. One exception? If you find yourself longing to split up a cotton suit.