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Wednesday
Nov262014

abc's of men's fashion - 56

blazer

Originated in the 1860s as a short jacket with patch pockets worn for cricket and tennis. In recent years,  and the blazer has arguably never been so popular, or so versatile. Gone are the laddish days of the Nineties and Noughties when it was cool not to make an effort. Dressing with elegance is now very much the fashion, something that has resulted in a resurgence in British tailoring, hence the rise of the blazer as a key component in the modern man’s day-to-day wardrobe.

A blazer, particularly a navy one, is the skeleton key that unlocks several looks. It can be dressed up with a natty pocket square and worn with a crisp white shirt, silk striped tie, smart trousers and brogues. Alternatively, it can be worn smart-casually with a button-down chambray shirt, chinos and boat shoes, or dressed down with a plain or Breton-striped T-shirt, indigo jeans and white Jack Purcells. It befits men of all ages and sizes and suits a great many occasions.

Traditionally cut a little shorter than a suit jacket, a blazer is usually worn as a ‘separate’ – ie with non-matching trousers rather than as part of the informal suit Mr Amies mentions. You do see some men wearing a suit jacket separately as a blazer, but it doesn’t look quite right because it’s usually too long.

If ever there was a garment that cracks the tricky smart-casual dress code, the blazer is surely it.

Dan Rookwood

 

- James

Friday
Nov212014

d is for double breasted.

courtesy of Mr. Hardy Amies:

Nature has made all men (and perhaps more fortunately, all women) double-breasted; and of course, all jackets follow suit. A double-breasted jacket really means therefore one with double-breasted fastenings. In this form of fastening the placing of the buttons is most important. The line is often emphasised by having the top button on either side placed where no fastening is possible. It follows therefore that the trick is most useful when a really narrow waistline is being sought. 

If double-breasted jackets were on the wane in 1964, then we have seen a veritable drought of the style for the past couple of decades. This is partly down to the sea change that took place after the 1980s, when all things Wall Street, including big shoulders, big trousers and big double-breasted lapels, fell from favour and were replaced with tighter, slimmer more high-buttoning single-breasted styles. This has remained the norm – with variations in button numbers from one to four, but always on a single-breasted jacket – for both suits and separates. However, some brave individualists have been waving the double- breasted banner for some time.

The beauty of the style is that it is very flattering, making a man look more like a superman. The most modern way of wearing it is as a separate jacket – a blazer or sports jacket alternative – with jeans or relaxed trousers in fabrics such as moleskin, corduroy or cavalry twill. You’ll look slim and chic and stand out. What more could a man want.

 

- james

Thursday
Jun052014

abc's of Men's Fashion 49.


wardrobe.

 

“To discuss a man’s wardrobe is really to discuss a man’s life. For the kind of clothes he has in it reveals his way of life; and their condition and degree of fashionableness will show his character…”

 

- james

Monday
Oct282013

fall blazers.

fall is here, and fall fashion is all about layers, materials, and the right colors. When you're finally ready to graduate from hoodies and boring sweatshirts, try stepping into the world of blazers and sport coats. Add some nice jeans, a good pair of shoes/boots, and you'll look classy as fuh.

 

- james

Friday
Apr062012

roses are red and my pants are too.

I normally would, at all cost, stay away from the red or green combination. Even if it is Christmas, I just think it looks tacky, lame, and much too Christmas-ie. All in all, not a fan. But then I stumble upon this picture. I absolutely love this entire outfit. Everything works so well together. The bright punch of red that demands attention and the little accents of green in the socks and tie to compliment it. I think the blazer being a dark navy instead of black and the white dress shirt also help tone down the red and green combination. I like this outfit, picture, stance, and the overall awesomeness of this picture. drip drip.

- Taylor