Once the uniform of the disciplined Royal Navy, the blazer now plays a major role in the modern gent’s wardrobe. Whether worn for work or play, this timeless piece offers a stylish and smart option that can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. However, while navy, black and grey are considered the norm, this season, why not step out of your comfort zone and explore the world of colour? Spring/summer is the best time of the year to introduce a new blazer to your collection and what better way than adding a bit of spice to the mix.
One way to shake things up in a subtle way is to incorporate a number of different shades of blue into the mix. Ideal for those who want to venture into the world of colour without pushing their boundaries too far, the blue blazer is what you would call a happy medium. This fail-safe option is an essential item for the sunnier months ahead mainly due to its versatility.
In terms of outfit options, you can go in two different directions. For something daring and summery, team with white trousers and loafers when going smart, or coloured chinos and espadrilles at the weekend.
Perfect for those who like to stand out from the crowd, the pink blazer is a sure-fire way of telling passers-by you mean business. Whether worn for a night out on the town or to dinner with your loved ones, this bold statement option will breathe new life into your summer-ready wardrobe. When it comes to styling, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the blazer take centre stage. A white shirt, navy trousers and tasselled loafers combination would make a sensible, everyday choice. However, for something more summer-appropriate, try combining with white jeans and a pair of suede drivers.
Although there are no strict rules as to what style of blazer you should wear – single/double-breasted, notch/shawl/peak-lapelled and one/two/three-button designs are all fair game – we would suggest opting for an on-trend double-breasted version for formal occasions, switching for a classic two-button design when looking to dress down slightly. Another way to spice up your jacket is to incorporate a pattern, a popular choice among our customers is adding a subtle check or plaid pattern to the mix.
Ideal for giving your day-to-night looks an eye-catching twist, this timeless motif will never fall out of style and can be dressed up or down with ease.
For those that work in business-casual environments, this style of jacket can be just the thing to help separate your look from the rest of the workforce. Dress it up with a shirt, tie and tailored trousers combination during the day; then lose the tie, switch the shirt for a polo and pop a pocket square into your top pocket for after-work drinks.
Cotton or linen?
Why linen? A breathable, lightweight and durable fabric – you couldn’t really ask for much more when dressing for the stifling heat. However, it does come with one major caveat: it creases extremely easily. You’ll actually be hard pushed to find 100 per cent linen pieces these days. Brands are well aware of the general aversion to creasing and as such, tend to blend linen with either cotton or silk. The result is a beautifully lightweight fabric with great structure, breathability and that distinctly European insouciance.
To conclude, we believe that giving yourself a number of lightweight jacket options is pivotal to seeing out the high summer season in style. So, will you be introducing a pink blazer into your rotation this season?