As I’ve grown older, I’ve gained more confidence in knowing what I can and can’t wear. I originally purchased a few grey and navy suits and slowly started to gain an understanding about what I prefer. In recent years, I have begun to assemble a closetful of blazers and sport coats that I can pair with different types of both formal and casual bottoms.
Here are five picks at various price points that you can’t go wrong with for spring.
1. Spier & Mackey
Spier & Mackay have been producing a ton of great-looking sport coats over the last few years and this year is no exception. This light grey/blue windowpane blazer comes with patch pockets and is made from an incredibly soft linen blend that will keep you cool and comfortable during those humid spring and summer months. Pair it with some light chinos or grey trousers for an elevated separates look.
Bonobos have been putting out great looking clothing at affordable prices for years. I love this cotton/linen/wool plaid blazer in a faded-red pastel shade. It has great texture and is completely unlined, which is perfect for those sticky spring/summer days. This would work perfectly with a white popover and twill cotton trousers or even just a pair of white denim.
With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, any excuse to dress up and attend a watch party is a good one. My personal opinion on appropriate derby attire: stand out, but don’t look contrived. Anyone can throw on loud pink shirt and showy tie. Instead, try this cotton/silk check blazer from Reiss. It’s equally part southern gent and part Italian summer. Pair it with some navy trousers, a solid bowtie, a panama hat and you’ll be the best dressed man in under two minutes.
Brian recently posted an in-depth article on Suitsupply as well as a video on the HeSpoke Style YouTube Channel. For good reason, they have been a growing force in men’s clothing for the past few years. Their price points allow men to find suiting, and other types of garments, with great fits and fabrics. This partially lined blazer is made with a wonderful E.Thomas fabric. A great blend of breathable fibers for warmer temperatures, this brown color that would pair great with cream trousers.
5. Peter Millar
When the weather warms up, I love reaching for a jacket in a shade of brown. It’s such a versatile color. This plaid jacket from Peter Millar not only looks exceptional, but it will also work well with anything in your wardrobe. It’s unlined, has patch pockets and possesses an interesting texture that lends itself to a sunny day or a night out. It’s the perfect transitional piece to wear you’re unsure about the dress code.
Thanks for reading.
Steven D. Elliott
He Spoke Style