It's beginning to get too cold for shirt-sleeves. If you are in a dressy situation in which a suit is too formal and a sport coat too sporty, then your best option is to wear a classic, custom blazer paired with trousers not of the same color. The possibilities, while not endless, give a man options that a suit cannot. A blazer can be matched with paisley, striped, checked, or solid ties. For those men who can wear with confidence, a blazer with a bow tie makes for a manly impression that is often dismissed as old fashioned. Sadly, this classic piece of menswear is seen just as that: out dated and only something men in their 50’s would wear, so why invest in a well-tailored blazer?
Investing in a tailored blazer, just like a suit tailored to your measurements, will make you look better and will save you money. With proper care, a blazer of quality fabric, buttons, and stitching will outlast anything you buy off the rack. So, how does a ‘snazzy’ blazer-clad man stand apart?
A man wearing a tailored blazer with complimenting trousers and shoes will attract more attention than a young, blazer-less man who struggles to keep his tie in front of him during those windy days. A tailored blazer will give you a better figure because of its cut and style. Of course, a Blazer and Jeans look very cool, too. But there are rules for wearing this outfit: The jeans should be new, or aged specifically. A single crease down the front of each leg, and please wear shoes, not runners or anything sporty – unless you are brave enough to wear golf-style saddle shoes.
There are two big styles in the blazer world: American and English.
The American style blazer
The American blazer style is leaning more towards the suit jacket, but with differences. The traditional American blazer will have 2 buttons, a center vent, and ‘notched’ lapels. The pockets are either flapped or patched.
The English style blazer
The traditional English blazer is less boxy than the American counterpart and cut so that emphasis is placed on the shoulders and chest. You will find the English blazer style in single breasted, but double breasted is most common. This version will sport a double vent and, if double breasted, will have peaked lapels and 3 buttons.
So, which to choose? Know the basic suggestions of what kind of style fits your body structure, and then decide from there. If you are of a type that can wear double breasted coats, then by all means go for the English. In our experience we have noticed that suit coats, blazers and sport coats with suppressed waists will make a man look less like a tree trunk and more like a gentleman.
However, that does not mean that the American style blazer is not worth considering. The American style is more versatile in that being single breasted, it can be dressed down more easily than the double breasted English blazer.
Whatever you choose, remember the steadfast rule that a blazer is not a suit coat; therefore you should avoid wearing like-colors. A navy blue blazer does not and will not look good with navy blue trousers. Best is to wear trousers that are in harmony with the blazer: khaki and grey. Khaki trousers are the quintessential partners to the navy blue blazer. These trousers give a man an image of freshness and “putogetheredness” when paired with his well-tailored navy blue blazer.