The Blazer is a timeless garment and something of a safety net for when ‘casual smart’ is the dress code. However, it doesn’t have to be the boring jacket you throw on to smarten something up, it could actually be the basis of your whole outfit. For 2013 the blazer can be the finishing touch that freshens up your outfit and adds a quirky individual style. It’s timeless, which means it’s an item of clothing we’re always recommending here at MFM. Here’s some of the things to look out for this 2013 when it comes to choosing a blazer.
The fabric is what the blazer is all about; if it doesn’t sit right, then it won’t look right. If you’re not confident enough to make a statement, or just want it for a smart event, then woollen or cotton types are ideal. Cotton is a great fabric for the Spring as it is light and easy to move in, whereas fabrics like satin are more restricting. Velvet is very on trend at the moment and fits in perfectly with the chillier seasons, especially in dark fabrics which create a rich texture and a much smarter look than cotton. Ralph Lauren’s example of a lighter fabric blazer is ideal for both smart and casual events. The dark navy colour means it is versatile and low key if you’re not quite ready for a more extreme style yet. Whereas Zara’s pique blazer with contrasting elbow patched is for the more daring men out there to compliment a rustic style.
Like most clothes, if it doesn’t fit right, then it will not look good, and this applies especially to blazers. Leave the oversized blazer look to women because it’s all about finding the perfect fit. They should be slim line, not baggy or tight, and come down to your hips. Go to a recommended local tailor for the perfect fit, although if you’re not looking to spend a lot on a blazer make sure you look for high street tailored ranges or slim fit jackets. Get measured up, and then hit the high street for a blazer which fits perfectly. For a more casual look, the sleeves can be rolled up allowing inside detailing to show through; whilst for formal events sleeves should be rolled all the way down. Here’s some recommended jackets perfect for natural fit.
At Milan Fashion week, there was a lot of animal print, especially with the likes of Burberry, while Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion week was inspired by oriental prints and fabrics. However, they would look great if you had an eccentric style, but they’re not ideal for the everyday man. But, faded stripes and checks are a good way to add a little flavour to your blazer, without being over the top. Topman blazers are faultless when it comes to patterns, although they are of a cheaper quality than something off the catwalk, it means you can buy into more varieties rather than having one boring staple blazer. If you want to add print or colour through your blazer but don’t want to cause too much of a statement, look to neutralise the bright print or colours through other pieces of clothing. Opt towards basing your look around neutral colour such as navys, greys, blacks, and other monochromatic hues to really dull down your look drawing attention towards the statement piece.
If you don’t have the funds, or simply can’t bear to part with your classic wardrobe staple then there is nothing stopping you from adding a touch of chic to it. Pocket handkerchiefs are a simple yet effective way to project a dose of colour or print into your outfit; Topman’s floral pocket square doesn’t have to necessarily be feminine, but can soften a formal look instantly. Pocket squares are a chance to really branch out and embrace that ‘Teddy Boy’ look but also by bringing it into the 21st century. Reiss have some amazing geometric style silk ones for the quirky individuals, and with a range of colours it will be easier to perfect the final touches to any outfit for any occasion.
So there we have it, an essential you should be looking to implement throughout 2013. With the amount of luxury patterns and fabrics available you can use the blazer for any occasion and keep your look cool and contemporary at all times.