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How To Wear Blazers

17th October 2012 | Posted in Mens

We all know that blazer's are one of the biggest trends this season-but with everyone wearing them, how do you get the most out of yours?

It is important to remember where the blazer came from- it is, essentially, a take on a key sartorial piece; the suit jacket. Therefore, it's only fair to think of the blazer as something really quite smart and elegant: dressing it up with anything less than a smart shirt should be considered a crime.

Bring forth your old geography teacher. You know the one-elbow jacket, more layers than an onion and a beard to boot. Although once ridiculed, the memories of your old geography teacher could be your greatest secret weapon in this winters style stakes, as the style of a geek becomes one of the sharpest looks on the streets.

We've put together a few pieces to show what you can do when you link and layer well. First up, we've gone for a Suit woolen blazer. The texture of the material is perfect for winter, and carries a very gentlemanly looks with the suit elbow patches on the sleeves.

Underneath, we've gone for a Paul Smith crew neck knit. The split colour stands out just enough to draw the eye, without being too abrasive.

Finally, we've used a white Franklin & Marshall oxford shirt as the base layer. The button down collar adds an extra degree of smartness, whilst the easy colour creates a sound base to add tonal colour.

Whilst you're thinking about shirts, what about trying a few accessories? We've gone for a Scotch & Soda bow tie, but you can try patterned or knitted ties too-or just leave you're collar plain.

Need a few more ideas?

The key to achieving a suave image this season is in the colour. Never go too bright or daring. Stick to subtle, earthy colours that will match easily; if you want to add a splash of colour, do it in your accessories.

Next, consider layering. Don't be afraid to try a few different things-round or v neck jumpers, tank tops, waistcoats, anything!

We've linked this Suit blazer with a Paul Smith round neck jumper. The neck is low enough to show a bit of collar from the Franklin & Marshall shirt and give room for the Scotch & Soda bow tie.

Finally, think accessories. Anything from braces and bowtiesto scarfs and watches can help complete the perfect gentlemanly outfit.

Ryan J Gray

 

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