Before anything else in this guide, you need to ensure that you are buying the correct size Blazer!
The most important factor that determines if a blazer is the perfect fit for you is the shoulders. Any indentations between your shoulder and the top seam means it is too big for you.
Similarly, any bunching up in the lapels means the blazer is too small.
While altering the overall length of the blazer or it’s sleeves, or even taking it in at the waist can quite easily be done by your trusted tailor, there is not much that can be done about the shoulders.
So make sure to buy it right first time.
Major face-palm moment!
This is usually a case of the wearer not knowing they had to remove these pieces of stitching. It is added to keep the Blazers in shape when hanging in store or being transported but you need to remove these before you wear the item.
They are usually found across the shoulders, at the vents in the lower back, and in the breast and side pockets. Please, also remove the brand tag from the sleeve, and now your Blazer is fool-proof.
A modern classic. T-shirts underneath Blazers can create the perfect ‘cool’ combination when done right.
You don’t want anything too graphic as it makes the outfit look busy, and a V-Neck tee can look like you’re trying too hard.
The safest bet is to go with a crew-neck in simple colours. Sometimes a basic pattern like a small stripe can work well too!
It just looks a bit messy.
An untucked shirt can look great with shorts or jeans for a smart-casual look but when wearing a Blazer, tucked is the only way! If you are aiming for a more relaxed feel then it’s much more stylish to open the top button or two on your shirt.
A light blue blazer is a great investment piece for the Spring/Summer months.
It’s not as formal as your classic Navy Blazer but is just as versatile. It can be dressed up for the office with your standard Oxford shirt, chinos and a pair of smart brown shoes and can easily transition to off-duty chic when paired with jeans, a tee and loafers.
Want to branch out and try something new or freshen up your office style?
Investing in a brightly colored or boldly patterned Blazer means you can keep the rest of your look neutral and understated. It’s a great way to start transitioning into a bolder style without taking too much of a risk.