Monday, August 12, 2013

Dressing down your blazer

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.

dressing down your blazer

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.

How to dress down your blazer

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.

dressing down your blazer

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?!

Yours truly,

Mr. Cavaliere

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  • Anna Lombardo (cavaliere)

    Hi it’s Anna your cousin from Melbourne I’m Nick’s little sister Nick & Dina were over in Canada and met you I have been following your website your clothes that you demonstrate are awesome cant Waite to meet you one day So proud of you take care

  • WhatIWear

    Hello Mr. Cavaliere,

    I’m Valencia, the community manager of WhatIWear. I checked out your blog, and I think your style is awesome! It should be seen by more people! That’s why I’d like to invite you to WhaIWear.com. With 1,5 million page views a month, WhatIWear.com is the leading street style website in Asia. Plus, we’re still growing, so it’s perfect for rising fashionistas to have their chance to SHINE at the spotlight.

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  • Republik Hijab

    Love your blazer.

    Republik Hijab,