My Jacket Experience

If you’ve been a longtime reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m a firm believer in the power of dressing right for the occasion. Having the right outfit at the right time for the right audience can really affect your chances of getting things done, positively influencing other peoples’ impressions of you, and even contributing to your own feelings of confidence and success. To that end, I had an occasion recently to try a little experiment that might help some of my readers understand what I mean when I say that there’s nothing more important than looking and feeling good no matter what you’re doing.

Specific looks for specific outcomes

It just so happened that recently I was looking for a company that could handle difficult crane removal in my backyard. Now, this isn’t something that I have to do very often, but as you can guess, it can be a very expensive proposition to get things like this done if you don’t know the right people. So I randomly called a local land clearing landscape service and invited them out to look at the work I needed done and give me an estimate.

Now, the first time I had these people out I decided to just wear my normal clothes – you know, jeans and a tshirt, the typical kind of thing I would normally wear around my house. As I suspected, they gave me their regular rate, without any real discussion about lowering the price at all. So I waited a week and then called back, and told them I would like a different person to come out and do an estimate, and decided that I would wear a suit this time.


So when the arbor company finally sent someone out, I was dressed in a full business suit, and acted as if I was just coming home from a long day at the office. You’ll never believe what happened. The guy who came out to do the estimate was much kinder, and treated me with much more respect than the last guy had when I was dressed in my jeans and t-shirt. I was pleasantly surprised by how conversational he was the whole time we were walking around my yard. And at the end, he gave me a discounted price!

So there you have it folks – real proof that you just have to dress like what you think you deserve to get it!

Meetings Are for Suits

There’s been a trend in the last decade or so that needs to end: not wearing a suit to a business meeting. Yes, we know – in California, y’all like to wear hoodies and flip flops whether you’re in the street or the board room, but to be honest, it just doesn’t really fly. Yes, while the acceptability of the hoodie or the t-shirt in the business meeting has grown, it is by no means as accepted as the tried-and-true business suit.


In a recent poll of CEOs and board members of Fortune 500 companies, nearly 40 percent of respondents said that suits were acceptable for business meetings, and 0 percent said that they were unacceptable. Compare that to the t-shirt, which only 19 percent said were appropriate, and 19 percent said were not acceptable, or the hoodie, which 8 percent found acceptable but 30 percent couldn’t tolerate.

If you want to be taken seriously, suit up

The upshot of this is that you need to wear a suit if you want to be taken seriously. Psychology studies have found that people make first impressions about your capacity for success and intelligence within the first three seconds of laying eyes on you, based almost entirely on your clothing presentation. So if you want to make a good impression, especially in an important meeting, you want to dress as much as possible like Don Draper – a well-fitted suit, a slick tie, buffed shoes, crimped hair – the whole monty.

Women’s Jackets: Bolero, Blazer, Motorcycle, Fleece


Welcome to the last installmant in our three-part guide to women’s jackets, that garment we particularly love around here at Jacket Sale Shop. While we did a similar guide for men earlier this month, we’re now focusing on the many different options available to women. Last week, we looked at leather, military, and puffer jackets; today, we’ll round out the guide with quick looks at bolero, blazer, motorcycle, and fleece jackets.


These short, lightweight and colorful jackets take their name from the tailored, Spanish coats of the same name worn by bullfighters. They are extremely versatile; you can find them as lightweight accessories or more substantial insulating garments.


Made famous by American women in business and politics like current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the blazer is similar to the suit jacket, though they have the capacity to be more casual than their counterparts. These jackets offer a more relaxed fit, can be single- or double-breasted, and are usually made of a material like wool to give them a hardiness. They often fasten via metal buttons.


Though usually made from leather, motorcycle jackets can also be made of synthetic materials. Though leather offers more protection during the activity for which the jacket is designed to be used — riding motorcycles — the motorcycle jacket should have protective reinforcements in places like the elbow, shoulders, and top of the back.


A strictly casual item but one of our favorites, the fleece jacket is a fun outerwear piece for fall and spring — especially for soccer moms!

More Women’s Jackets: Leather, Military, Puffer

military jacket

Welcome to the second installmant in our three-part guide to women’s jackets, that garment we particularly love around here at Jacket Sale Shop. While we did a similar guide for men earlier this month, we’re now focusing on the many different options available to women. Today, we’ll be discussing leather, military, and puffer jackets.


The leather jacket is a whole category of jackets unto itself. Leather jackets come in a variety of styles and cuts, with few standards: they can be tighter fitting or looser, come in a higher or lower cut, and can come in a myriad of color. Though they are typically for casual occassions, no one ever turned someone away from a formal party because of well-executed black leather jacket ensemble.


These jackets take their design cues from the uniforms of military servicewomen across the world, though the category undoubtedly owes a huge debt to the British royal navy. These jackets are usually influenced by styles originating in the World Wars. This a less functional jacket than some of the others on the list, but has its uses as a fashion accessory.


The puffer jacket is usually a lightweight, well-insulated jacket suitable for late fall. It is typically made from synthetic, man-made materials, sewn in sections: an easily recognizable design. These make great additions to a wardrobe for women who live in chilly fall climates, something you can grab and throw on before walking down the street to meet a friend for hot cider.

Women’s Jackets


Did you know that jackets and coats are actually two different categories of garment? Not many people know it, but there is a functional difference between the two! Jacket actually comes from a french word, “jaquet,” which translates loosely to “light tunic.” Though coat and jacket are often used interchangeably, they don’t refer to the same kinds of clothing: coats are traditionally longer, more insulated, and looser, while jackets are shorter, with longer sleeves, a tighter fit, and less insulated.


It’s hard to know these days what kind of jacket you should buy. Earlier this month, we helped the other sex with a multipart guide describing six kinds of coats they shouldn’t go without. Now, we’ll do the same for the ladies in our three-part guide. We’ll be looking at nine different styles of coat available to the modern woman jacket buyer.


The denim jacket can be found in dozens of different washes and styles, and is a fantastic casual option in the summer and fall. The denim jacket should fall just below the waist, and usually has buttons at the wrists and waistband. You can also find shorter cuts to complement your midriff if you’re so inclined.


The lightest of the lightweight jacket category, the windbreaker can also be known as a parka, anorak, or windcheater. This jacket is designed to protect against the wind and light rain, and is almost always made from a lightweight material so that it can be stuffed into a pouch or purse with ease.

Trench Coat


Welcome to final installment of Jacket Sale Shop‘s Guide to Men’s Coats, where we’ve taken a look at six classic coats that never go out of style. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the posts on the overcoatthe parka, the car coatthe peacoat, and the duffle coat.

Another military origin

If it isn’t clear enough already, the modern man owes much of his coat style to the military — like the duffle coat and the peacoat, the trench coat is an updated version of a garment designed for war. In the case of the trench coat, its design goes back to the trench warfare of World War I, the style of war from which it takes its name. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for the British military, and he outfitted the coat with a never-before-seen material he invented known as gabardine. The fabric was water-repellent, weatherproof, lightweight but sturdy, and could be worn over other clothing.

A recognizable style

A hallmark of the trench coat is its intricate details. It features a wide vent across the back, the shoulders usually feature epaulets, belted cuffs, a turndown collar, laupels on a double-breast, and shin length with a belted waist. Because they’re designed to be worn over other clothing, they pair well with suits and formal wear, as well as with casual attire. They’re also usually great for all kinds of weather, making them a must-have for your coat collection.

The Duffle Coat

duffle coat

Welcome to part five of Jacket Sale Shop‘s Guide to Men’s Coats, where we’re taking a look at six classic coats that never go out of style. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the posts on the overcoatthe parka, the car coat, and the peacoat.

Designed for the water

Like the peacoat we talked about last week, the duffle coat owes its design and origins to the military. The duffle coat – which steals its name from the material with which it was originally made, a thick, tough wool called duffel – was used by the British Royal Navy during the World Wars. The Navy designed the garment with a closure devices known as walrus teeth, which are toggles meant to be easy to fasten and unfasten while wearing gloves, as sailors do while out at sea.


The duffle coat features a number of characteristics that make it better for casual events than formal ones. In addition to the fun but not-formal walrus teeth, the duffle also features two patch pockets, a tartan lining around its oversize hood (meant to accommodate a naval cap underneath, a buttonable strap at the neck, and a hip length. Because of these many flourishes, this coat is better for running errands during the day or meeting a friend for a coffee than a dinner date or anything that requires wearing a suit.



The Peacoat

pea coat

Welcome to part three of Jacket Sale Shop‘s Guide to Men’s Coats, where we’re taking a look at six classic coats that never go out of style. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the posts on the overcoatthe parka, and the car coat.

Navy greens

The peacoat has a fascinating history, and while we won’t get into all of it just now, we’ll give a brief overview of this popular coat. Although the origins of the coat are a little more ambiguous than some of the other coats’ on this list, the Oxford Dictionary claims that the name “peacoat” probably comes from 18th century Dutch, from the word pijjakker, meaning ‘coat of coarse cloth.’

Camplin, a popular Italian maker of peacoats which originated in Britain, claims to have designed a coat specifically for the British Royal Navy. Made specifically for petty officers, it was eventually called the Petty Coat, or P. Coat for short. The American Navy then adapted the P. Coat into the peacoat, and the rest is history.


As peacoats grew popular with civilians, it was at first only available in navy blue or black, and in heavy, scratchy wool. Those restrictions have loosened, and peacoats are now available in a broader range of colors and fabric types. However, they retain their double-breasted button closer, wide notched collar and lapel, and often have nautical symbols engraved on buttons to hark back to their origins. Neat!

The Car Coat

car coat

Welcome to part two of Jacket Sale Shop‘s Guide to Men’s Coats, where we’re taking a look at six classic coats that never go out of style. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the posts on the overcoat and the parka.


Remember when cars didn’t have windshields? Yeah, neither do we. Car coats were designed for a different time entirely – a time when open-air cars weren’t just convertibles driven by the rich and / or the geriatric, but the common template for most cars. Because cars were open, coat manufacturers created a garment specifically for driving in these vehicles, hence the name “car coat.”

Taking on the elements

Given it’s history, the car coat’s design makes sense: an A-line cut and wide cuffs to give drivers a full range of motion for driving while still protecting against the elements, heavy materials like wool for insulation and features like welt pockets and a flat front placket over the closure to shield against the wind and the rain. Buttons are the typical closure on car coats, but zippers are available and acceptable as well.

Although the history of its design is utilitarian — and it remans very functional even today — the car coat’s minimalism and simplicity make for a stylish everyday coat that can be dressed up or down for a number of occasions. This will make one handy addition to your wardrobe.

The Parka


Welcome to part two of Jacket Sale Shop‘s Guide to Men’s Coats, where we’re taking a look at six classic coats that never go out of style. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first installment of our guide on the overcoat.


The parka has an interesting history, and its design has changed significantly in the modern day compared to its original design. The Caribou Inuit created the parka in order to survive in the extreme cold of the Arctic climage during their hunting expeditions. The original parkas were made from the skin of seals or caribou, giving them a slimness ideal for their usage as an outer shell against the cold. Modern parka construction diverges significantly from these original designs.


The parka’s manufactured today for Western consumption are usually made of lightweight, synthetic materials, then filled with down. This gives them their characteristic “puffy” look — and explains why they are known to some as “puffer” coats. Parkas today are usually hip- to mid-thigh-length, with drawstrings around the wast and bottom. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a parka that isn’t equipped with a fur-trimmed hood, often with a draw-string. Button or zipper closure is common, along with a variety of chest and flap pockets.

Because of its sporty look, the parka is best for casual outings — and, as an outermost layer, of course, when the weather becomes unbearably cold.

Next week, our Guide to Men’s Coats will tackle the car coat.