The Summer Casual Jacket (SCJ) is loose and soft, with a delicious drape across the back and shoulders. In search of this drape, many people opt for a size up from their norm. Which is fine, although if you have it made for you, you can keep the back neck and sleeves fitting beautifully which gives the look an elevation you won’t find with RTW.
The jacket is longer than a high street suit jacket, skimming the bum, hiding whatever you have carelessly stuffed into your back pockets. And speaking of pockets, it should have lots. Preferably big bucket, patch pockets on the outside and on the inside: one for a phone, one for sunglasses and a nice long one for your newspaper.
It is unlined, unstructured and uninhibiting. Where some blazers can feel restrictive, the SCJ should feel like wearing a shirt or even a cardigan. You can throw it over a t-shirt as the sun sets on a bbq but don’t expect it to smarten up the look. It is a subtle garment and should complement rather than ‘make’ your look.