Traditionally, suits they are meant for dressier, more formal occasions. The jacket that forms part of the suit is fully lined, have a good amount of padding in the shoulders, and have an internal canvass making it “structured”. This structure is what gives the suit clean lines and an air of formality.

For occasions when a suit is not required such as going on a date it’s best to wear an “unstructured” sport coat. An unstructured sport coat is partially lined (typically in the sleeves and upper back), have minimal shoulder padding and does not have an internal canvass giving it a relaxed look. They are generally made of cotton or linen which tend to wrinkle further adding to its casualness. All these characteristics make an unstructured sport coat ideal for the summer time or those living in tropical countries.

While this unstructured sport coat from Massimo Dutti is not made in Naples (which their tailors are known for) this has been made with the Neapolitan aesthetic in mind. The shoulders do not extend giving it a cut closer to the body. The lapels have a high gorge and aren’t slim. The quarters are open. What’s missing, though, is the famous spalla camicia which is the sewing of the shoulder like a shirtsleeve. But this is probably too much to ask of an off-the-rack sport coat. As for the cloth it is made of cotton with a bit of elastane for stretch and durability. It is in a pique weave like the ones used for polo shirts making it very breathable.


Editor’s Note: Reader pointed out that the breast pocket is not a barchetta.

Sport Coat by Massimo Dutti. Shirt by GANT. Chinos by Dockers.