It wasn’t too long ago that we tackled the bold choice of coloured tailoring. Given the response, it would seem the coming spring/summer months are going to be awash with a sartorial tint.
The aforementioned coloured tailoring article featured a small entry on spring/summer appropriate blazers. This micro-trend was the perfect alternative for those who don’t possess a need or desire to go the whole hog with a bold coloured suit.
Today we’re going to be expanding on that brief edit by showing you how and what to wear your newly purchased blazer with. If you have yet to be convinced, by the end we hope to have swayed you to invest in your own piece of statement tailoring for the fast-approaching season.
Sartorially speaking, ‘coloured’ is not exactly an explicit term. The expression can cause slight confusion as it often brings to mind bold, bright and garish creations. By no means is your choice of blazer limited to images conjured of clowns, discos and Barcelona away kits.
The expression ‘colour’ is often used to describe anything outside of what is widely thought of as neutral. In this case it’s the opposite of your monochromes such as grey, black, navy etc. and hues such as khaki, khaki green, camel and the like.
So in the context of this article, what are we classifying as ‘coloured’?
Add a touch of the brave to your smart-casual wear with a striking blue blazer. Blue is not only a stereotypical colour for men but is also set to become THE key colour trend for this spring/summer, as evident from Ben Jones’ recent report.
With this in mind, don’t feel limited to everyday shades of indigo blue – aqua, pastel and cobalt tones are set to soar in popularity during SS13.
Pair your audacious wardrobe choice with smart-casual classics – neutral khaki chinos and a pale blue shirt – in order to help anchor the brighter blazer.
A considered tie and pocket square combination provides a dapper touch whilst footwear should lean towards the smarter side of the spectrum. Double monks will add a continental charm whilst brogues present a sturdier choice:
Bring a touch of class to your formal engagements with a deep burgundy blazer. The popular hue made waves in menswear after being championed on the red carpet by the likes of Ryan Gosling and Robert Pattinson during 2012.
A black roll neck jumper, worn underneath a blazer, provides a stylish alternative to a shirt and tie. The mix of black and burgundy creates an elegant colour combination that works well for evening events.
Demonstrate good use of separates with grey trousers and finish off with some black shoes. For the dandy among you, velvet slippers would present a rakish option:
Work some white into your wardrobe with a colourless blazer for the summer months. The classic white blazer is perfect for summer days and even better for summer nights, when the temperature drops and you need to add an extra layer.
Wear a darker printed shirt underneath the blazer to create the focal point for this look.
Navy shorts complement both the shirt and the choice of brown suede loafers. This outfit would work just as well with navy chinos or jeans, if appropriate, rather than shorts for the colder days of the season:
Pastel colours offer a compromise to those who aren’t entirely convinced by the brighter options available. Try dressing the blazer down with a neutral polo shirt and classic chinos.
In this case we’ve opted for a rose coloured blazer. The softer hue is toughened up by a grey polo and anchored with white trousers.
Finish the look off with a pair of navy suede shoes to add a tactile element. Navy is often under utilised as a footwear colour but provides a great alternative to the popular shades of brown and tan:
Make a statement by going bright and bold with your blazer in an everyday smart-casual setting.
Strong embellishments such as red may initially appear intimidating but it’s all about how you style it and how effectively you use the colour wheel. Confidence is your wardrobe’s best friend and a necessity if you’re to stand out among the sea of neutral suiting.
Sober the jacket with a collection of muted staples. A pale blue shirt has enough of a hint of colour to complement the blazer without looking like a paint chart. Dark indigo denim is as timeless as you’re going to get, keeping you away from a full blown avant-garde ensemble.
For footwear, look no further than a pair of leather loafers. In this case, opt for brown – they will work extremely well with the blue base tones.
Coloured blazers are a great way to inject a new lease of life into your spring/summer wardrobe. With a wealth of options available, there should be a style suitable for everyone, no matter what your personal taste dictates.
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