Winter’s on its way so it’s time to think about picking up a blazer. We’ve put together a guide on the top four you should be considering and a few ideas on how to style a blazer.
No matter the time of year, occasions that require you to smarten up and wear a blazer are probably going to crop up every now and again. You might have to wear one on a daily basis for work, or you may only have to dust yours off once a year for your Mum’s birthday; either way, it’s important that you’re wearing the best. If you want to know how to wear blazers and look good, then keep reading to see how it’s done.
Best Blazers for Men
Probably the most important aspects of men’s clothing has to be the fit. Wearing ill fitted clothing, something that’s either too big or small, can let down your outfit. To avoid this we’ll give you some advice on getting the right fit later on in the guide. In the meantime, to find the right blazer for you, you’ll want to think about where you’re going to be wearing it. If you’ve got a particularly formal event, a patterned design might not be the best idea. Take a little time to consider what will be appropriate for the occasion and if you’re really struggling to decide which style to go for, don’t panic, we’ve narrowed it down to the top four.
How to Wear a Blazer Casually
Before we take a look at our list it’s always good to have an idea of the kind of situation you’ll be wearing the blazer in. They can seem like the perfect smart choice but they’re also ideal for any kind of casual look. Wearing it on top of a T-Shirt has to be one of the easiest ways to keep your look relaxed. Lighter colours are also a good idea, especially when worn alongside a pair of jeans. Take a look at the outfit below to see how to do it right.
Getting the Right Fit
It’s arguably the most important part of menswear. You can spend a ridiculous amount on getting the best blazer known to man, if it doesn’t fit right then you might as well have not bothered! To avoid wasting your time and money, you have to make sure it fits right. check out our video to get an idea of how it’s done.
A slim-fitting, single breasted blazer is without a doubt a timeless piece. If you’re going smarter up top then it’s best worn with matching suit trousers and a formal shoe. This makes it the ideal choice for a job with a strict dress code, or formal parties and dinners. This is probably the easiest way to match a blazer to your outfit as you don’t have to worry about colours clashing.
If mistakenly paired with jeans, this blazer can go straight from “slick and smart” to “drunk dad at a wedding” in record time. The style is widely available in classic navy, grey and black, making it a safe option. So if you’re not feeling too adventurous, or you just want a piece that will last the test of time, then the classic style is your best bet.
How to Style it
Getting hold of the blazer can be simple, it’s easy to spot something that’s smart enough for a formal outfit. As for trousers, you can pick up a pair from whatever brand takes your fancy, as long as you stick with the same colour. If you try and mix things up then you will end up with a bizarrely clashing outfit. Want to keep things really classic? Opt for a crisp shirt, or try adding a slight twist to your outfit with a roll-neck jumper – an equally smart alternative.
If a classic look is a tad on the boring side for you, then a checked blazer might be more up your street. They are a little more on the daring side, but that doesn’t mean they’re difficult to style. If you choose a matching pair of checked suit trousers and keep your shirt and shoes simple, then you can easily pull off this look.
How to Style it
If you decide that going checked for the top and bottom half is a little too adventurous, a pair of slim fitting jeans is a good way to ensure that your outfit can be worn to a few more relaxed social events. A good-fitting white Oxford shirt will stop your outfit from leaning too heavily towards the casual side of smart-casual, and won’t clash with your blazer. As for shoes, a pair of Dr Martens are a durable and practical option that will add a little edge to your look.
Take a look at the outfit below to see how it can work in a casual setting. A pair of selvedge denim jeans will compliment some lighter coloured suede shoes. Bringing the whole look together is the checked blazer. Opting for a design in blue is a great way choice as it won’t draw too much attention to one part of your outfit.
Patterns are a good in-between option. If the classic blazer style is a little too smart for you, but checks are slightly intimidating, then opting for pattern is a more versatile option that can be dressed up or down. An ideal choice for both formal and relaxed events. If you team it with a shirt and tie, then a patterned blazer can bring a contemporary edge to your formal wear, whilst keeping it appropriate for smart situations. Dressing it down means that it can be worn on a daily basis, whether you’re running errands or catching up with friends.
How to Style it
In order to pull off a more casual look whilst wearing a blazer, you can still go for a collared shirt. A pair of chino shorts will also help knock your outfit’s formality down a few notches, whilst a pair of suede loafers will inject some serious Summer style in to your look. It’s important that if you so decide on a patterned top half, avoid bright shirts or equally exciting ties. Pair it with plain colours or your outfit will have too much going on – it won’t look good.
Take a look at the outfit below to see how simple it is to go for patterns. Styling it with a plain white shirt and some dark chinos avoids the risk of wearing too much in your face fabric. Throw a pair of sunglasses into the outfit and you’ve got a smart casual outfit that can work all throughout the year. Notice how his jacket is falling just above his hand with a small amount of shirt poking through, that’s when you know the jacket fits well.
Tweed blazers no longer have to be associated with stuffy professors or Dr. Who. They’ve actually become a highly versatile piece that can be worn in almost every situation. This fabric is perfect for a more relaxed look and would be ideal for any kind of event. It’s also a great shout to go for slim-fitting and single breasted, making it much more wearable every day.
How to Style it
The tweed blazer might be perfect for casual looks but this doesn’t mean it can’t look smart. Look at the outfit below to see that you can wear tweed and still create something impressive. The jeans compliment a grey blazer and thanks to the more relaxed colours in the rest of the look, you’re able to try out a patterned shirt. There are so many options available to you if you opt for tweed, as well as grey you could think about black, navy or khaki to combine it with a few more looks.
Top 4 Men’s Blazers
- A casual look is so simple to pull of with a blazer, especially when you wear it with a T-Shirt.
- If it’s a smart look you’re after, match it with smart trousers.
- Check is a smart choice when it comes to jackets.
- The fabric can play a big part in a men’s fitted blazer, try out tweed if you want to impress.
On that Note
The most important part of making sure you look good in your blazer has to be the fit. Once you’ve made sure that it fits you well you can start thinking about the design and fabrics that will work for you. Going for a classic blazer combination like paring with smart trousers is a smart idea. It’s simply done and probably the easiest way to wear one.
If you want something a little more casual, try out check. It’s a good idea to combine this with matching trousers, or something a little plainer. This avoids getting too much going on visually. Patterns are perfect when worn with simple colours. Don’t wear a patterned blazer with an equally exciting shirt, leave it to impress on its own without too much going on elsewhere. Although tweed might not have the best reputation, it definitely creates an impressive blazer. Try one in grey and wear it with some navy chinos or even skinny jeans and wear a simple style that can still impress.
We’ve put together four different blazer styles. With so many choices out there it can often seem daunting when picking up a new piece of clothing, hopefully we’ve made it a little easier. Next time you find yourself heading to a situation whose the dress code requires a blazer, you’ll be able to pick one that best suits your wardrobe. Even if you’re not looking to smarten up, you can still throw on a blazer to add a twist to your usual casual day wear.
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