Looking for a summer blazer may seem like a chore, particularly if you don’t know what to look out for.
It’s difficult to find a transitional wardrobe that can take you through half of the year, let alone the whole year, so sometimes you have no option but to buy pieces specific to that season. It’s particularly difficult for a season like summer, especially in the UK, when the weather can change five times a day.
So, here are a few tips and tricks to buying the best summer blazers, for any event. With so many options to choose from, you’ll find the perfect one to add to your wardrobe, and maybe, possibly, even save for next Summer.
First things first, what is the blazer for? Is it a one off item, a work jacket, an event jacket, one that you want to make full use out of or just one for a night out?
If you’re after that one piece that you’ll make the most out of, then it’s a good idea to invest a bit more, as it’ll be more durable. You’ll be able to use it all summer, every summer.
This would lean more towards the ‘night out’ blazer, as you want to wear it a few times, but it will go through the wars while wearing it. Therefore you need to invest a bit to make sure it lasts, but not too much as a few drinks will be spilt on it.
This is ideal for that one off event that you were forced to buy a blazer for, and can then shove at the back of your wardrobe. It’ll get you through the day, keep you cool and it’ll always be there in case of another summer event emergency.
There are several fabrics suited to warmer days, which is great news for the heavy sweaters. Ranging from linen to cotton, there is one to suit every event, be it a holiday or a wedding. These different fabrics can keep you cool.
Cotton offers many advantages as it is a natural fibre that breathes well. It tends to perform better in hotter climates because it can absorb moisture well and keep the wearer cool. They’re also machine-washable, which is always a plus.
A popular choice for a summer because of its incredible ability to keep someone cool, however, due to it being so lightweight, it creases and stains easily. Not the best idea if going on a trip, unless you have a steamer or iron.
This fabric is especially comfortable and breathable. Silk is cool to the touch and feels great on the skin, although it does react poorly to excessive perspiration. However, as it breathes so well, this is rarely an issue.
Particularly popular in the US, which is probably why you’ve never heard of it, Seersucker originates from India. Back when the country was ruled by the Mughal, the Persian language was integrated into the local languages, shaping both the Urdu and Hindi languages. Seersucker derives from these languages, referring to the dual tonality of the colours. Over time, the word evolved into “seersucker”, and was first imported to Europe in the 18th Century.
It’s not clear what material it was originally made of – some say linen, some say it was a blend of cotton and linen. Either way, it’s a puckered fabric and its special texture is achieved by pulling certain warp yarns tightly, while others are left looser. The crinkling effect is permanent and as a result no ironing is required. Apparently, the crinkling is also supposed to help air circulation. Seersucker comes in various colours, although the most popular combination is blue and white.
Buttons & Fit
Continuing on from fabric, buttons are another feature which entirely depend on your preference. Opting for single breasted (meaning one row of buttons) is the easier option as you can leave your blazer open and still look sharp. The amount of buttons is also up to you and will vary form blazer to blazer.
If it’s needed for a hotter climate (fingers crossed the sun reaches England), you don’t want it too fitted as you’ll need the extra room for airflow. If your number one objective is to stay cool, wear only single breasted, again as you can leave it open.
Sticking to the summer theme, pastels are a must during this season. If you’re after something a bit more laid back, but still fancy, opt for a pastel blazer which you can match to your suit, or dress down with jeans. Plus, the colour helps keep you cool.
This is a bit fancier and more out going, so if that’s what you’re after, then the brighter, the better. Clash with your shirt, dress down with jeans, or dress up with smart formal trousers – this blazer is capable of making you the centre of attention while keeping you looking fresh, and your body cool.
Although most people try to steer clear of darker colours in the summer, you can’t deny the suave look it gives the wearer. So if you want to sneak it in, then wear it to an evening do, or take it for the evening when it might get a bit chillier.
The Perfect Summer Blazer
- When it comes to your budget, think about occasions. If you’re only going to wear it once then there’s no point blowing your whole outfit budget on a blazer.
- Choosing the right fabric is key in a summer blazer. Steer clear of wool and opt for a cotton, linen or seersucker.
- A single breasted blazer is most appropriate for sunnier days, as you can leave it open and still look sharp.
- Play with pastels and brighter colours for a laid back, summery look.
On That Note
With these top five tips to look out for when shopping for that summer blazer, you’ll find the perfect one in no time. With such a range of fabrics, fits and colours, you could have one for everyday of the season, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Deciding on your budget is the first point to take into consideration, as the rest is easy. Just find a great fit, decide on your buttons and style and you’ll be set. How you style it is up to you.
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