Most of the time, when you think of the word ‘blazer’, you imagine a one dimensional, formal piece that’s really only for weddings or business meetings. I can assure you however, that this doesn’t have to be the case. In my opinion, a well-tailored blazer could possibly be one of the best pieces a man can have in his wardrobe. With the variety of fabrics, colours, styles and price points available today, it’s hard to go wrong with a good blazer. One of my personal favorites is the soft shouldered unconstructed version seen below.
Navy unconstructed half lined double breasted blazer - Zara Scoop neck printed t-shirt - H&M Green paisley pocket square - Thrifted
It’s versatile, suitable in all four seasons, cut slim, and can be worn formally as seen here or casually as I am wearing it above. A great way to wear the jacket on those warmer, more relaxed days is to replace your shirt and tie with a t-shirt or a light knit. I chose to pair my navy double breasted blazer with a printed scoop neck t-shirt for a light and casual, but visually appealing, look.
Another great benefit of the scoop neck t-shirt is that visually it gives you a more tapered and taller silhouette. The reason being is that it shows your collar bone which makes you look fit and the low neck line elongates your torso.
Wooden beads - ASOS Nautical necklace - Rue 21
Another great tip is not to be afraid to accessorize your look! Sometimes it’s nice to replace a classic watch with a great bracelet or some wooden beads. Also, even though it’s a sportier look, think about adding a pocket square with some colour.
Slim orange chinos - H&M Brown tasseled loafers - H by Hudson
I often get asked if it is ever appropriate to wear a suit blazer as a casual jacket. 9 out of 10 times the answer is no. Most suiting is cut slightly longer and has more interfacing than your typical casual blazer. This will ultimately give your look an odd silhouette and is best paired with the matching trousers. On the other hand there are some Summer and Fall suits that are slim and are informal enough that they can be used as blazers for a more relaxed look.
So are you a fan of soft shouldered unconstructed blazers by now or what?!