Suit It Up With Refined Textures

While I know it rocks the boat for a lot of guys, I’m generally not into the whole suiting thing. I think it looks great on some guys, especially if they’re of a broader build, but I usually feel like a box with bangs when I throw on a suit. I know everyone harps on fit being key — because it is — but there isn’t always a lot out there for slimmer guys. Which is why I jumped when I saw this jacket at Zara.

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Right off the rack this fit like a dream, due in part to the fact that it’s actually knitwear. Yes, it’s knit, and I’m crazy about it. With suiting I feel like you’re always buttoned up and tucked in and not allowed to breathe — not so with a knit jacket! This one is of a medium weave, so it doesn’t look like it’s breathing, but it’s super light. There’s a partial lining, so you really don’t feel like you’re wearing a jacket so much as a comfy sweater.

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I paired my jacket with a pair of black Levis, a basic black t-shirt with a loose neckline, and my favorite pair of shoes. I call these my “Bodega Venetas” because of the woven leather, but they’re actually Vittorio Virgili. I scored mine on eBay in one of those “too good to be true” moments, wherein I paid $25 and got the most amazing pair of shoes.

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Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.