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 All men have at least one, but what's a blazer, actually?


 

In short, a blazer is a jacket that isn't a part of a suit. It's a very versatile piece of clothing that can be worn casually and as formal wear.

According to some historians, blazer originates from Royal Navy celebratory uniform in 1837 and has been picked up by rowing clubs in the UK and other countries. 

 

Today blazers are less formal than suit jackets but still worn for such occasions as weddings, work meetings etc. 

 

Here's all you need to know about men's blazers.

 

Styles

 

There are two main blazer styles you will come across while shopping: single- and double-breasted.

 

Single-breasted blazers usually have one, two, or three buttons and are currently the most popular. 

 

Double-breasted blazers have fabric that folds over the front; they come with two columns of buttons and are more formal than single-breasted blazers. 

 

You can also choose a structured or unstructured blazer depending on the occasion. Structured ones are perfect for such formal events as weddings and receptions, and unstructured blazers are ideal for every day as they're made from softer fabric and are more flexible.

 

Fabric

 

Depending on the occasion and season, you can choose from a few types of fabrics for your blazer. Our main recommendation is to avoid synthetic materials all together as they usually don't look good and are also non-breathable.

 

Wool

 

For winter and fall, you'll do no better than with wool blazers. They're a little more formal, but if you pair them with a little more relaxed bottoms, you'll achieve a smart-casual look in no time. 

 

Wool blazers come in a variety of colours and patterns. We love checkered ones as they give us that preppy English-countryside feel. 

 

Tweed

 

Tweed reminds many of us of our college professors, but it can also be a very modern look for you! 

 

They're not as warm as wool yet still good for the cold season. Pair them with jeans or chinos and choose from unlimited colours as styles such as stripes or herringbone. 

 

Linen

 

Ideal for summer, linen blazers are great for summer events and nights out as they're light and breezy. 

 

You should consider an unstructured style, as it will have less bulk.

 

You can have more fun with colours here, choosing between classic white or navy and exciting light pink, seafoam or mustard. 

 

Cotton twill

 

Cotton twill is another great choice for the summer as it's lightweight. At the same time, these blazers a little more formal than linen ones, so they work great for business lunches and meetings. 

 

Go with a classic navy or beige (avoid black for the summer) and pair them with light chinos, denim trousers and a high-quality v-neck t-shirts from Fresh Clean Tees. Add loafers or summer sneakers, and your summer outfit is set.

 

How to choose

 

To avoid looking like a 12-year old in a dad's jacket, there are few simple tips to follow when purchasing a blazer.

 

Length

 

When standing up, the blazer should fall 1–2 inches above the top of your thighs and cover your butt.

 

It is technically possible to take a too-long blazer to be tailored, but it's much easier to get the right length immediately.

 

Width

 

Your blazer should have space to wear vests or knitwear underneath, and so it's going to be a little wider than a classic suit jacket. 

 

This doesn't mean you need to look like you're the winner from "The Biggest Loser". The best way to get the right fit is to come to the store wearing a sweater and try the blazers on top. 

 

Summer blazers are a little easier, though you still want room for the breeze.

 

Colours and patterns 

 

There are so many great designs, colours and patterns that you'll want to have at least a few blazers in your closet. 

 

The classic navy, black or grey colours and prints like stripes and checkers will work best for every day, but various colours like dusk rose or yellow will make your outfit pop on special occasions. 

 

Make sure you colour-coordinate with the bottoms, tough!

 

 

1 comment

  1. I love blazers and own a few but also love them on the men in my life, they are so easy to style.

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