TAILORING FOR TODAY
The blazer is indispensable for those moments in life when you need to look put-together, but don’t want to wear a suit. Most modern office dress codes tend to be more ‘business casual’ than ‘formal’ today; so a blazer, open-collar shirt in sky blue or white poplin and washed cotton chinos are the perfect solution. We also like to see a silk pocket square in the top pockets of our blazers – something with a splash of colour and pattern is a chic finishing touch to a tailored look.
COLOUR AND TEXTURE
Of course, blazers don’t have to be plain. Patterned tailored jackets in tweeds, linens, checks and herringbones are just as elegant and add some interest to a plain shirt and trousers. Most blazers are single-breasted with notched lapels and flap hip pockets, but jackets with patch pockets at each hip are just as useful and that little bit more relaxed. With this in mind, we think blazers with patch pockets work well with dark jeans and polo shirts.
OFF DUTY ELEGANCE
Tailoring today doesn’t need to be formal. Blazers are easily dressed down with the right pieces. Wear yours off-duty layered with our fine merino knitwear, open collar shirts and five pocket trousers (or even chino shorts in summer). Stick to classic colours in your knits, and subtle checks or stripes in your shirts for a truly timeless look that will take you anywhere.
The only thing to watch out for is which blazer buttons to fasten. You shouldn’t really fasten the bottom button on a blazer, said button is purely ornamental and a strange hangover from 19th century hacking jackets. Stick to the button at your waist and you won’t go far wrong.