4 Ways to Spruce up an Old Sport Coat

Sometimes the sport coat of your dreams is the one that’s already taking up space in your closet. That boxy tweed number you inherited from your grandfather? Take it to your tailor, get the fit rejiggered, and then start using it as your personal style canvas. You won’t transform it into something you’d want to wear to your own wedding or a job interview, but you will breathe new life into an old garment and, hopefully, a new favorite will emerge. Here are a few ideas on how to teach an old jacket some new tricks.

Make your Lapel Pop

sportcoat pizzaz That buttonhole on your lapel isn’t just for prom boutonnieres and statesman-like flag pins. While you want to avoid affixing anything oversized or overly flashy, you can use this space to make an understated color statement with a pin or a small fabric lapel flower.

Patch an Elbow

sportcoat pizzaz Suede elbow patches aren’t just for professors who have been wearing the same wide-wale corduroy blazer since the Carter administration. Make them equal parts dashing and professorial by having your tailor stitch on a statement patch in a bright color.

Sport a Square

sportcoat pizzaz Your pocket square doesn’t have to peacock out of your breast pocket in a poof or a triangle fold in order to get noticed. Sometimes a simple square fold peeking out subtly is enough to enliven a simple coat.

Flash Color at the Cuff

sportcoat pizzaz Accepting French Cuffs and, of course, the cufflinks that come with them, is a simple way to breathe new life into any and all old garments. If you want to add a bit of snazziness without blinding anyone, colorful woven silk is the perfect choice.

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