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Style Guide – Bespoke Blazers for Summer

April 9th, 2015

Whether sharpening up a more casual outfit or making an individual style statement, there’s no denying that the versatility of bespoke blazers makes them a staple of any summer wardrobe. With considered fabric choice and careful styling details, this classic investment piece should be adaptable enough to be enjoyed summer after summer.

A blazer should be worn as a garment in its own right – not just a jacket taken from one of your suits. Suit jackets look more formal than their bespoke blazer counterparts so don’t work as well when paired with a more relaxed cut of trouser. Suit jackets are cut to be worn with just a shirt or waistcoat underneath, whereas a blazer can be cut to accommodate multiple layers, including knitwear, which is useful for those chilly summer evenings. In general, blazers provide a less formal look than suit jackets but are smarter than sports jackets, which tend to have a less structured, looser fit.

The other advantage of a bespoke blazer is that there’s room to experiment with a wide variety of cloths. From pastel coloured linens to soft cashmeres, lightweight tweeds, boating stripes, corduroys and checks, the opportunity for making strong style statements are plentiful. Whether paired with jeans and slip on loafers or cotton twill trousers and traditional brogues, a blazer is guaranteed to pull the outfit together.

Add to this your lining options, the choice of which can be used to enhance the individuality of your jacket. Style wise there is also much to consider. Select from single or double breasted options, peaked or notched lapels, number of jacket buttons, number of sleeve buttons, straight, slanted or patched pockets and top stitching.

Whatever your personal preferences, the bespoke blazer is endlessly flexible and as such, one of the most valuable items in your wardrobe.

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