2010 Men's Spring/Summer Essential: SPORTS JACKETS

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Your SPORTS & GYM jackets have lives outside the workout place this season. Rains have poured, but your rainy-day look shouldn't.

Derived from the style of shirt of the traditional uniform of rowers in the English town of Henley-on-Thames, HENLEY jackets are collarless, men's casual pullover outerwear characterized by a placket underneath its neckline. Robert Geller's look was the best styled as it was complemented with dark-forest hues and made light by the inner shirt. Moschino's are ideal for the weekend or swift errands. Salvatorre Ferragamo's best suits the active man with a sense of color.

A WINDBREAKER is a light, impermeable jacket or in other words, a thin outer coat designed to resist wind chill and light rain. It is usually of light construction, characteristically made of some type of glossy synthetic material and often incorporating an elastic waistband and zipper. It sometimes includes a detachable hood. Paul Smith's basic casual styling looks practical and still comfortable, while Gucci's modern revision of this coat is both innovative and useful (the mesh insets still breathes air inside).

The 1950s-born LONG or FISHTAIL PARKA were the most favored by the Mods. Some are named fishtail beacuse of the fact that the coat is longer at the back than it is at the front. Most often, they are in equal lengths. Tim Hamilton's waxed number is a modern update to this Eskimo staple; unusual, "edgy" and still purportful.

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