TOP 5 MEN’S BLAZER STYLES
Blazers- or Sportcoats, as our transatlantic cousins like to call them- are items that you’ll need to familiarise yourself with. Any man that considers themselves stylish needs to at least have one in their wardrobe, as we mentioned before in our ‘Staples’ posts.
The first blazer that a guy should own is the navy blue one. But what do you do when you’ve passed the basic level? You’ll want something that will help you stand out from the crowd, something that expresses your true individualism. The best way to do this is to start checking out different fabrics and patterns. Blazers can be a statement piece or they can just be the subtle staple that pulls your whole look together. This week we take a look at the top five blazer styles for men.
The Seersucker blazer is a summer classic, drenched in its preppy, yachting history, this American classic makes you look like you put in more effort than you actually did. The blue and white stripes lend well to matching with summery, pastel shirts. They work just as well with shorts as they do with trousers. For maximum effect, pair with chino-style bottoms and deck shoes.
Plaid blazers are statement pieces indeed. Why? Because they are one of the hardest blazer styles to pull off. Avoid looking like an Outkast member and keep it simple. Rocking it with a white shirt and jeans will help you avoid the fashion police. And never ever, ever wear the matching plaid bottom as one full suit. We’ll personally hunt you down and send you on the N25 bus route home (yes, that is worse than hell!)
Tweed blazers draw its history from the English countryside and can be found on your ‘typical English gents’ hunting for poor Fantastic Mr Fox. Nowadays, they’ve become a part of a what is a quintessentially British style and the rest of the world has adopted it. Its texture is what distinguishes it from others and when pulled off well. The fabric is thick, heavy and durable so it’s best worn during the colder seasons. They’re best paired with worker style jeans, boots and a crisp white shirt. Make sure you get your fit right, otherwise you’ll drown in the heavy fabric. It’s a great alternative to the average cotton blazer and the colours and styles that can be found are a perfect way of showing off your own personal taste.
Well they’re on trend for starters, so they’ll be available at most high street stores. Velvet blazers are your more sophisticated blazer choice. Your fancy posh pick, they are perfect for a smart evening out. Take care to stay away from bright colours or patterns. Keep it simple here with blacks and blues because the fabric glistens and shines under bright lights. When stood next to a plain blazer of the same colour, you can see why the velvet number looks more classy- another nice alternative to its cotton stablemate. Pair it with some wayfarer style Ray Ban glasses to become the coolest man anywhere!
Corduroy blazers add a little character to your look. They look best in chocolate brown, maroon and other warm hues. Just like tweed, corduroy is its most effective during the winter months. Many of them come with elbow patches which adds another element to your look. The width of the piping is down to you; the thinner, the easier it is to work into an outfit. Find a medium-sized width to ensure the best of both worlds. A very traditional, vintage feel is created when you rock a corduroy blazer. Having said that, they are not exactly everyone’s cup of tea, but when worn correctly, it looks as good as any other blazer.