Since I'm the fitness space, I tend to pay attention more to what we wear outside the gym. Unless a Fit Man is working in a corporate environment, going to a funeral, wedding, holiday party or any event that requires wearing a suit, he ain't wearing one. Understandable. With spring around the corner, the weather isn't warm nor freezing, there is a breeze that can be chilly if you dare to walk outside without some sort of coat. Most Fit Men I see, are rocking the same attire outside the gym that they wear in the gym and that's your sweats, hoodie, t-shirt and sneakers. No shade, I do it too but one of the purpose of Fit Man Style is to show you the options that are available for the fit man to dress well. With that being said, there is an article of clothing I don't see us wearing a lot. One that isn't as formal as a suit/sport coat, as casual hoodie, not as constricting as a leather jacket but can still give off that bad boy look if that's what you're going for. The article of clothing is none other than, the jean jacket. I see other stylish guys wear it but not so much Fit Men. It is an underrated garment that can be used to compliment a Fit Man's physique.
Why The Jean Jacket
- Dressier than a hoodie and not as restrictive as a leather jacket
- Cheaper than a leather jacket
- Still conveys a masculine appearance
- Isn't skin tight but still compliments your upper body, especially when you layer it.
- Lightweight alternative to the winter coats. A stylish way to transition from the heavier fabrics.
5 Ways to Rock The Denim Jacket
1. The Bad Boy
Rules? What rules? You live life on your own terms and your style reflects that. Here I paired the denim with a fit man must have V-neck which accentuates your jaw line, camo chino to show the bold rebel in you and white sneakers. No white after labor day? That doesn't apply to you.
2. Date Night Playboy
Oh snap, you got that pretty young thang's number and secured a date night. You don't want to come off as the all too serious dude, wearing a suit to a first date. Nor do you want to be super casual. Show her you put some effort into it in a nonchalance playful way. A white Tee layered with an unbutton flannel shirt and some jeans. Yes, you can wear a jean jacket with a pair of jean pants as long as there is some contrast there. Otherwise, you'll look like you got on a jean suit. Don't be that guy.
3. The Professional
I bet you no one at the office is wearing this type of jacket. I'm the only one in mine doing so. If you still want to have that "coat" feeling with wearing a suit or sports coat, throw the jean jacket over your professional attire and show those the old timers it's ok to break away from tradition from time to time. And to the more seasoned professionals, you'll show them young bucks you can still hang with the best of them and win cool points along the way.
4. The New Englander
Some of those spring days will feel just like winter, you might even experience some snow storms and for us up in New England we know all about keeping warm. In this look I incorporated the turtleneck, which alot of men steer away from but it's a great layering piece for those frigid spring days. Trust me, alot of men wouldn't think of put the two together so you set yourself apart while staying warm.
5. Too Cool For School.
This look can be worn to the work place, hanging out with friends, going to the movies, meeting the parents or just walking the dog. This is the most versatile of all the looks. The jean jacket over a sweater and chinos, you're taking this casual style up a notch. Show some effort, show that you care about your appearance.
I do believe the jean jacket is underrated and not used as much in the fitness community. America and alot of the western world has a pretty laid back culture, that doesn't mean your clothing shouldn't be given any thought. Without trying too hard, people appreciate the effort and your attempt to do something different which just so happens to be stylish as well. Besides, when you look good you feel good.