questionsshould you own a "sports jacket"?

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I think it may depend on your work environment. Many people work in offices that have a casual dress code, but they still have to meetings etc. A sports jacket is an easy solution

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I have a couple but since I changed jobs they stay hung up in my closet and migrate from in fashion to out of fashion and back again without ever moving.

It isn't a bad thing to have but try to buy something pretty timeless (ie no Miami Vice style pastels or mobster pinstripes).

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Not a male, so I'm answering from a different perspective. Buy a timeless, classic blazer in navy or black. It will never go out of style. Can be worn dressed up w/a white shirt. Looks great w/a turtleneck or golf-type shirt. Also looks fantastic w/jeans. Will get you through occasions where it is semi-dressy.

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If you're out of high school and a male, at least one blazer in the closet is a must. My work environment is about as relaxed as possible and I'm by far the only one in the office who wears a blazer ever, but it's not out of place. Start with a black two-button and go from there. If you're in a region that gets warm in the summertime a white or light grey one is a good next choice. Timeless and easy to dress up or down. If your budget isn't huge, H&M has well decent seasonal blazers for under a hundred bucks.

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You should have at least one reasonably nice jacket, for weddings, funerals, and the occasional lunch at the country club.

(I'm not kidding about that last one. Tommorrow, we will be celebrating my sister's birthday at her Godmother's country club. (Let's just say her Godmother married up... WAY up.) I have to wear a jacket and tie, collared shirt, non-denim pants and dress shoes. Actually, the tie may be optional (here is the official dress code), but I've been told the tie is necessary.)

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@baqui63: Very typical of most any upscale restaurant or club. Trying to be successful in business without at least one "uniform" as my husband used to call his obligatory business attire is almost impossible. If it had been possible, believe me, he would have been the first one to do so.

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@baqui63: I think that you are correct in the WAY up comment...the fact that crocs are mentioned would leave out half of my county (excluding my family). The rules/regs are way too snobbish for my ilk. ;)

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i think so, i own a black blazer i use mostly for job interviewing but also for anytime i'm asked to dress up for work type functions. my work environment is business casual so i don't need it normally
i've also been in places where the supervisors or managers kept a jacket and random ties around for when meetings with "the client" were called and they had to step it up a bit