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Can I Wear a Cotton Sport Coat With Wool Pants?

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Alan Burks has more than 20 years experience with global advertising agencies working for global brands and more than 17 years as a C level executive for global apparel companies. A frequent speaker and industry expert on global marketing, Burks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.
Can I Wear a Cotton Sport Coat With Wool Pants?
Cotton sport coats are meant for warm weather, not for wool pants. Photo Credit Visage/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Can you wear a cotton sport coat with wool pants? Yes. Should you? No.
The fabrics simply don't go together, so don't force something that isn't meant to be. Cotton sport coats are wonderful, and wool pants are great, too. They just shouldn't be worn together.

Cotton Sport Coats

Can I Wear a Cotton Sport Coat With Wool Pants?
Dress up a casual spring day with a summer sport coat. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Cotton sport coats are meant to be worn in warm weather. Both in function and style, they are ideal to dress up a casual occasion and can be worn with a dress shirt and tie. Cotton comes in many great fabrics: twill, seersucker, canvas, denim, poplin and corduroy, among the most popular. Polo Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, JoS. A. Bank, Nautica, The Men's Wearhouse and Macy's have a great selection of style and color in cotton sport coats this spring.

Wool Pants

Can I Wear a Cotton Sport Coat With Wool Pants?
Wool pants are the best choice for dress pants. Photo Credit Siri Stafford/Digital Vision/Getty Images

The gold-standard fabric for mens dress pants is 100% wool. Wool comes in many weights and styles including gabardine, plain-weave and crepe. Wool pants come in heavier weights, like flannel for cold weather and tropical weight for warmer months. Great wool pants can be found at JCP, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hickey Freeman, JoS. A. Bank, and The Men's Wearhouse.

What Pants to Wear With Cotton Sport Coat

Can I Wear a Cotton Sport Coat With Wool Pants?
Cotton sport coats go great with jeans. Photo Credit NA/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images

Cotton sport coats pair great with 100% cotton pants in khaki twill, poplin, and seersucker. They also pair well with linen pants and, of course, jeans. As denim has become the go-to fabric in men's pants, the cotton jacket in spring and the wool jacket in fall makes a great pairing with jeans.

What Coat to Wear With Wool Pants

Can I Wear a Cotton Sport Coat With Wool Pants?
Pair wool pants with a great sport coat or blazer. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Wool pants are designed as a stand-alone pant. That means they should not be worn as part of a suit. Wool can be paired with a sweater, knit shirt or woven shirt. They can be worn with a dress shirt and tie, as well. Wool pants can, indeed, be worn with the right sport coat. However, under no circumstance should you attempt to "match" a standalone sport coat and a pair of wool pants. The color and fabric will simply never match. In most cases, a subtly patterned or solid black or navy sport coat in pure wool looks best with wool pants.

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