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The Single Most Important Detail On Your Summer Jacket

Acne Jacket

This gentleman from the latest Acne show reminded us of a certain oft-overlooked detail.

It’s a simple thing, holding true for denim jackets and Harringtons alike. And it’s the source of the ineffable sharpness radiating from the pic…but naturally, you’re going to have to click through to find out what it is.

The difference, ladies and gentlemen, is the waistline.

The bottom of this jacket is hitting this gentleman just below the bellybutton—an extreme example, but a pretty slick one. But even if you can’t get this high, you might notice that the higher the jacket ends, the sharper you end up looking.

For proof, we’d refer you to Mick Jones’ denim jacket, or Mr. McQueen’s Harrington. Once you start draping past your hips, you’re in trouble. Compare this or this jacket to this one and you’ll start to see what we mean.

The “summer” part is important too. Warmth isn’t really a consideration (if anything, you’re doing it for the extra weight on your shoulders), so higher is just plain better. The only limit is the waist of your pants, but as long as there’s no shirt peeking through, you should be fine.

As you may have noticed, this is remarkably similar to our advice about blazers and suits. The main difference here is that you’re free to get even higher, and the result is a retro military feel instead of the kids-on-holiday vibe you’d get from a high-cut suit.

And when in doubt, just ask yourself, "What Would Steve McQueen Do?"