I am leaning toward suit coat; however, if it is, would it look good switching to metal buttons?
A lot of times one can tell if it is a suit coat. A tell tell sign is pinstripes and often times stripes of any kind (although BB does sell some striped sport coats).Why does it matter if it's a orphaned jacket or stand alone blazer (i'm guessing that's the distinction you're trying to make)? Either way you can wear it stand alone, even if you have the pants. I think it looks nice with the buttons you have on it right now.
A blazer ALWAYS has metal buttons, where a sport coat will have horn, plastic, etc...also a blazer is usually solid where a sport coat could be solid or patternOther than the buttons, isn't there another difference between a suit coat and a blazer?
Also, would someone explain the difference between sport coat and blazer?
A LOT of companies sell striped sport coats. I don't agree with the statement that stripes are a tell tell sign of a suit coat.A lot of times one can tell if it is a suit coat. A tell tell sign is pinstripes and often times stripes of any kind (although BB does sell some striped sport coats).
Other than the buttons, isn't there another difference between a suit coat and a blazer?
A blazer should be made from a cloth with more texture than a plain worsted (either fuzzy like flannel or doeskin, or rough like hopsack or linen). A blazer should have side vents.Some might argue that patch pockets are indicative of a blazer...
I am aware. The seller posted those pictures.brokencycle:
Looks like a suit jacket. You could wear it as a sport jacket, but that's not recommended. Most people can tell that it's an orphaned suit jacket!
However if you want to change the buttons to metal and wear it as a blazer it just might work since the jacket has no pattern.
Remember a sport coat is not a blazer, but a blazer is a type of sport coat! And leave that bottom button unbuttoned!!!
:icon_smile_big:It looks like a suit coat to me. As is, I would not wear it with dress pants; however, I wouldn't hesitate to wear it with jeans for casual social occasions. Change to metal buttons and then I would wear it with nice wool pants and a tie, with khakis, or with jeans.
That doesn't really apply much anymore. Almost everything has 4 buttons these days, and I've seen suits that have 3-button cuffs (though not in a while).I still have my training wheels on for such matters but 4 buttons on the sleeve seems to be common for suit coats, 2-3 for sport coats/blazers. Not 100% but as a general guide its helped me especially if I'm looking at ebay pictures or something and can't really get a feel for the fabric.
In Britain and HK, time was everything was 3-button except bespoke - and indeed all my HK suits are 3-button (though Mr Ng would, I'm sure, have added a 4th if I'd asked for it). Indeed, to have 4 buttons on a non-bespoke suit was, IIRC, regarded as pretentious.That doesn't really apply much anymore. Almost everything has 4 buttons these days, and I've seen suits that have 3-button cuffs (though not in a while).