A straight-forward approach to the bold blazer
Spring is an exciting time, style wise, for me personally. Packing away all of my heavy wool suits and sweaters, I’m thrilled to start experimenting with more breathable and spring-weight jackets.
Over the last few years, I’ve built a collection of bold pattern blazers to introduce a bit of panache in an otherwise classic wardrobe. Owning this type of jacket is a great way to mix up your style when you want to make a statement. I’ll show you how I go about wearing a bold pattern blazer and why its essential to own at least one.
I love wearing an eye-catching jacket like this one. It’s not a jacket I can wear very often (maybe only one to two times a season) but when I do, I know I’m going to receive a bunch of compliments. Minding the occasion, a jacket like this is a conversation starter so be ready for the added attention.
The key to wearing a blazer with a bold pattern is to dress with subtlety. This is not the time to go full dandy. Forget extras, like gaudy lapel flowers, wooden bracelets, or funky tie bars. Keep it minimal. The focus should be on the well-tailored jacket and your personal demeanor.
| WEARING | Nikki New York Windowpane Jacket, Kamakura Dress Shirt, Gap White Chinos, Red Linen/Cotton Tie, Eyebuy Direct sunglasses, Johnston & Murphy tassel loafer | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Christian Hernadez
Don’t overthink it. A great starched white shirt provides a simple palette for you to build upon. You already own one and it’s an easy choice if you’ve never worn a bold blazer like this. Pairing this jacket with a pair of white chinos or light grey trouser is ideal. I always have several pairs of solid color trousers on hand to mix with different patterned jackets during the spring season.
Wearing a tie isn’t required when donning a blazer like this, but if you do, make it something solid. Wearing cotton, linen or a simple silk knit would be a well-rounded choice. Lastly, loafers or slippers should be a repeat theme this spring. Investing in a great pair of loafer socks should be a priority, unless you would rather go sock-less.
Wearing a bold blazer takes one major factor: confidence. Men are inherently afraid of breaking away from what they know. Owning a bold blazer or sport coat can allow you to freely express and explore your personal style while giving you a much needed break from the expected.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Steven D. Elliott
He Spoke Style