Sports jacket and jeans – a few tips for a casual business look

  • Author Leonie Riek
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  • Published 19. Apr 2023

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Jeans are one of the most popular and therefore best-selling garments in the world. A pair of well-cut jeans is a must-have. We wear them on many occasions and, thanks to an increasingly more relaxed business dress code, also in the office.

Can you also wear a sports jacket with a pair of jeans and what is a sports jacket, anyway – how does it differ from a suit jacket or a blazer? We tell you more about the differences and give you tips when and where the informal “casual look” is called for

Dress code “casual” – for which occasions?

“Casual” stands for relaxed, easy-going, informal. “Casual” is used to describe the dress code that offers the most freedom.

Invitations to private functions rarely stipulate a dress code. In this case, you should consider who has invited you, who else is invited and what the mood is likely to be.

If the invitation is from colleagues or even your boss, you should – provided no dress code is mentioned on the invitation – make respective enquiries. If in doubt, come slightly overdressed, rather than underdressed – however, don’t go over the top. Casual dress code is the norm for informal invitations after work. In young start-up companies or the fashion industry, the casual look is even accepted business wear.

A suit or sports jacket you intend to wear with a pair of jeans should be made from a fabric that is not too smooth and fine.

Otherwise, it might look like a dress suit jacket worn on the wrong occasion. Preferably, a sports jacket should be made from a textured fabric and feature some casual details.

If you feel too exposed in the neck area, you could wear a tie or a neckerchief with your suit or sports jacket. A plain-coloured knitted tie is always the right choice


Instead, you should opt for leather sneakers or leather slip-ons and socks in a colour that matches the colour of your trousers.

What you should out for when shopping

  • Both should be of good quality. If they look like a bargain buy, they are likely to be made of synthetic materials and will soon disappoint you

  • How about a sports jacket that is slightly tailored, dark navy, has a subtle polka dot pattern and is made from an airy cotton blend fabric? A pair of regular fit dark blue jeans, for example, would go perfectly with this.

  • Especially in the summer, a blueish-grey, slightly textured sports jacket made from a jersey fabric and a pair of dark jeans combined with a white shirt or – for a slightly more informal look – a print top will make you look particularly stylish. Why not look for the right kind of sports jacket in our online shop?

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