Every man should have a small collection of blazers in his wardrobe, they work great for many different occasions. However, you should consider some things when buying one.
What style should you choose? What garments will you wear with a blazer? Which fabric is better? If you have no idea what you are looking for, shopping can become quite difficult and overwhelming.
If you want to get a nice and versatile blazer, but don’t know where to start, I am here to help you. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know.
What is a blazer?
A blazer is a plain jacket that doesn’t form part of a suit but is considered appropriate for formal wear. It is suitable for work, smart casual events, weddings etc. A blazer stands alone and can be worn with trousers of contrasting colours, patterns or materials. Generally, it is solid coloured or has bold stripes. The most popular colours are navy, green, white or red.
Blazers usually have gold or silver buttons. However, white or grey mother of pearl options also look stunning. Single-breasted jackets should have side vents, patch or flapped pockets and notched lapels. Double-breasted jackets should have peaked lapels and patch or flapped pockets. Most of them have side vents as well. You should avoid wearing crests and badges, but embossed buttons are a great choice. Some blazers feature lining of different colours. For example, navy blue blazers look great with red, green or yellow lining.
Fit of a blazer
A blazer should fit like a jacket. Shoulder width should not be too small or too wide, chest width should not be too tight or too baggy. Sleeve length should never hide a shirt sleeve, but show a bit of cuff. Body length should end around your thumb knuckle. However, some men prefer a blazer to fit like a sport coat, meaning that they want it to be a bit looser with a little more length. In Pietrocola Bespoke we can create a unique blazer according to your precise measurements and specifications. It will fit you perfectly and last for decades.
Single-breasted blazers usually have one, two or three buttons, but you can find options even with four or five. They are very comfortable and work well for many occasions, from date nights to formal events. Therefore, it is definitely worth having a couple of single-breasted blazers in your collection.
Double-breasted blazers feature extra fabric that folds over at the front and have two columns of buttons. Such blazers are formal, which means that they are not appropriate for more casual events.
Wool blazers are traditional and classic, it is the best choice for winter and autumn. They have formal look but still work well for the office or smart-casual events. The most popular colour here is navy, but you can find wool blazers in many other colours.
Tweed is a heavyweight fabric, which is also good for colder seasons. It is practical yet stylish and formal. Even though some people associate a tweed blazer with an old English chap character, it still can look really modern.
A cashmere blazer is a more luxurious choice for winter. It costs many times more than any other blazer but looks and feels great. If you are ready to invest, you should definitely get it.
Linen blazers are light and breezy, which makes them perfect for the warmer seasons. Linen blazers usually come in classic colours such as beige and navy. They also work well for summer weddings. There is a big choice of different linen blazers so you will always be able to find one that suits your style and the occasion perfectly.
Cotton is similar to linen in that it is breathable. Such blazers will also work great for the summer months. Cotton is considered to be more formal so you can wear cotton blazers to the office as well. This blazer is comfortable and versatile, you should have it in your collection for sure.
How to combine blazers
To create a classic look, go for a navy blazer and white trousers. A cornflower or a boutonniere will make your outfit even more elegant. Leather shoes in white or brown will work great as well.
Chinos in khaki pair really well with a navy blazer too. However, you can choose green, yellow, light blue or red chinos instead. It is very easy to match a navy blazer with almost any colour.
For more casual outings opt for a blazer with jeans, loafers or boat shoes and a button-down oxford shirt. Here you can get a black, navy, grey or brown blazer, anything will look great. If your dress code allows, you can wear such an outfit even to the office.
Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur and investor based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Approved Person and is has great experience as director of regulated companies. He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their life. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.