Gone are the days when the only place for a blazer was draped atop the stern shoulders of your headmaster, your father-in-law and the CEOs of multinationals. As it turns out, there’s far more to this humble office staple than meets the eye, and guess what? It’s about to form part of your must-have casual wardrobe. Ready?
The blazer prides itself on its versatility. Nothing will take you from day to night quite like a perfect casual blazer. So gents – it’s time to start looking for ‘the one’. Finding that one perfect blazer for you is one of those game-changing moments. The wardrobe playing field opens right up, and suddenly you find yourself with so many more outfits, each neatly tied together.
But, where do we begin? Casual blazer outfits can be tricky to master at first. Done right, your casual blazer can see you through drinks with your mates, afternoons at the footy and even Sunday brunch with the in-laws. Get it wrong, though, and you risk looking like a physics teacher that took a wrong turn at the lab. A casual blazer is all about softness of construction, a texture that’s worlds apart from your office wear, and a slightly shorter cut. These elements are what will frame your casual look – and of course, how you style it.
We’ve put together three casual outfits that hero the casual blazer, to help you champion your new wardrobe staple.
Pair an indigo jean with a dark brown shoe, and slip on a white Oxford button-down. We’ll leave the tucking in or out up to your personal preference. Then, the crescendo moment. Stand in front of a full-length mirror, brush your fingers through your hair in the most Clooney way possible, and slip on a textured blazer in a light blue or stone shade. Give yourself a cheeky wink and you’re Martini-ready.
Find your favourite chinos – a stone or tan colour is ideal – and pair with a boat shoe or a dark loafer. Next, find yourself a navy blazer. Position yourself in a beachside locale, in amongst as many upper-middle yuppies as possible, and flick the blazer over your shoulder. Use your index finger to nudge your Ray-Bans up your chiselled nose and gently caress your ‘I woke up like this’ facial stubble. Warning: you may be mistaken for The Wolf of Wall Street – in a good way.
Sometimes just untucking your shirt and losing the tie is all it takes to nail the casual look. Keep your slacks and loafers, but let your shirt fall untucked. To avoid looking scruffy, save this cheat for a more tailored, fitted shirt from your collection. The aim is to look relaxed and effortless, not like a busker.
Prepare to be scouted as your city’s Next Top Model as you skulk about in this perfect polished look. Slick your hair to one side using a suitably rationed amount of product, and choose a fine knit black roll neck. Team with a jet-black jean and belt to create a slick base silhouette, and then dress down with a casual sports shoe. Then, the all-important climax. Finish with a tweed-style grey-to-white blazer, buttoned at the front. Don your sleek, monochromatic style as you glacially enter your favourite coffee shop and mumble your long macchiato order, exuding mystery. A classic, casual blazer look that leaves you ready for anything.Get Styled
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