Business Casual: The Houndstooth Blazer

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As you know, when you invest in a new suit, one of the most important things to consider is versatility. Being able to wear each piece as a separate greatly increases a suit’s value to you, ensuring you get the most out of your hard-earned cash.

I recently picked up my newest made-to-measure suit – a three-piece in a beautiful brown wool houndstooth fabric. And over the next few weeks, we’ll be showing you multiple ways to wear it.

First up: jacket separate.

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As much as I love wearing a two- or three-piece suit, being able to break it up and wear the jacket alone is what I often look for when considering what to invest in. And since I love combining well-tailored items with casual and/or approachable touches, fabric and pattern are very important.

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| WEARING | QG Custom blazer, Michael Andrews Bespoke shirt, PT01 pants, Brooks Brothers tie, Drake’s pocket square, Tateossian, Cantini MC Firenze and vintage bracelets, Watch c/o Uniform Wares, Suitsupply shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

When you’re looking at fabric swatches for a new suit, it can be hard to envision what the full suit will look like – especially when you’re talking about a pattern. Other than choosing a lining, this is often the most difficult part for me, as well.

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Houndstooth can seem like a little “too much” for a suit, but at a small scale it almost looks solid from a distance. However, upon closer inspection it shows that the wearer is sartorially-minded.

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A wool houndstooth blazer is a great garment for straddling that dressed up/business casual line. And in brown tones, you can be sure that it will fit with most anything in your closet, provided your closet’s stocked with great basics.

Pair with grey trousers, a well-tailored shirt, classic repp tie and finish it off with a little flair via a devil-may-care pocket square fold and a pair of suede double monks for a simple, but stylish, office/business casual look.

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Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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  • Seth Nelson

    Looks great! I like it looking more conservative and solid from a distance, and taking on a little more interest on closer inspection. Can’t wait to see the other combinations!

    By the way, what is that on your left lapel? It kind of looks like another button whole.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      That’s a button hole on the left lapel. Considered a 2.5 button jacket. A neat little touch I get on some of my MTM pieces.

  • Fred Hernandez

    the brown wool looks classic and timeless. reminds me of suits in Mad Men which I’m a big fan of.
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    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Cheers.

  • Jack Himmelsbach

    Hey Brian. Very Sharp! I especially like the striped tie and shirt with the houndstooth jacket. The peak lapel and different style pockets are also nice features. Do you know the actual fabric used for the jacket? I ‘d like to put it on my wish list.

  • Anon Anonymity

    Where’d you get that blazer? It looks great.