Every season theres always that one blazer that every multi-tasking wardrobe needs, a blazer that can be worn with pretty much anything and as part of a plethora of outfits for all manner of occasions.
The classic men’s blazer is quite possibly one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your arsenal. Originally designed as a jacket to bridge the gap between a business suit and casual attire, it has transformed over the years from the uniform of choice of men’s rowing clubs to a seriously stylish asset for the sartorially conscious man of today. The beauty lies in its ability to bestow any outfit with a sense of fashionable charm, essentially a marriage of smart and casual.
A navy blazer is the standard jacket of choice, but to really master the effortless style a blazer evokes, it’s worth putting in some, well, effort. Introducing the charcoal grey checked blazer. Its detailed design and slim-fit structure along with its heritage-inspired check pattern is an upgrade on the classic navy option that will stay perpetually on-trend no matter the occasion.
There is no disguising the fact that a blazer brings some degree of formality to proceedings – it is, after all, a classic jacket usually sported at some kind of formal occasion – but it can be dressed down with casual pieces. With this particular blazer’s charcoal grey colour, a white shirt will keep the overall tone consistent and you could opt for trousers or chinos rather than tailored pants. Pair with either box-fresh white sneakers or a tan brogue to inject a hit of colour and for the ultimate in smart casual.
Rid the image of your dad in his “trusty” sports jacket, bootcut jeans and buckled belt from your mind for a minute; a blazer when paired with denim can strike a surprisingly stylish off-duty note. The right kind of denim, however, is essential and because of the grey colour, most jeans will work – whether black, dark grey or a washed-out indigo – but keep them slim or skinny fit. You can go full casual with a T-shirt or pair the blazer with a crew neck for a slightly smarter tone. For footwear, either trainers or Chelsea boots should do the trick.
For an occasion that calls for a more sophisticated approach, forgo your standard two-piece suit and instead dress the blazer up with smart attire for a look that aligns with the dress code without being too formal. Again, a crisp white shirt will work fine, but if there’s room to play why not switch it up with a slick roll neck? A nifty layering piece to have in the wardrobe, it takes smart and casual occasions in its stride, all while still giving off the “effortless” vibe. Invest in a cashmere one too for an extra degree of that premium aesthetic and black or camel are colours that will work well with the charcoal grey tones. Navy or grey trousers and black shoes should finish the look with flair.
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