Perfect for those who like to get the very most out of their clothing, separates – i.e. combining non-matching blazers and trousers – will not only breathe new life into your existing tailoring collection, but are perfect for creating a wealth of smart-casual or formal looks for a variety of occasions.

However, while anyone can put together two different garments, it takes a little more thought to get your colour and fabric combinations right. So, to ensure you nail your look every time, we’re set to highlight six go-to blazer and trousers pairings that are ideal for the warmer months.

Green & Blue

Forget the age-old rhyme debasing blue and green’s compatibility – for summer, these two shades should definitely be seen together. This non-traditional pairing has really come into its own recently, with British tailoring stalwarts such as Hackett and Gives & Hawkes positioning it as a key colour combination for SS15.

To avoid any garish clashes, stick to shades at the same end of the spectrum; khaki sits well with navy, while a fresh leaf green will complement a softer blue hue perfectly.

Keep accompanying items light and neutral to avoid adding any more layers to this already striking pairing.

Image: Gant Rugger SS15

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Light Grey & Mid Blue

With the summer well and truly upon us, paler shades are a great way to keep your tailored looks feeling fresh.

The combination of light grey and mid blue provides an icy contrast to the blazing sunshine and will work for any occasion, particularly smarter events such as weddings and business meetings.

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White & Blue

Two of the three (along with red) core hues that make up a nautical palette, white and blue is a timeless pairing that will never go out of fashion.

To make this combination feel contemporary and truly effortless, opt for a slim-cut pair of white chinos/jeans and an unstructured light/mid blue blazer that can be thrown on at a moment’s notice.

Finish with a plain tee and pair of minimal trainers for a relaxed yet chic summertime look.

Image: Massimo Dutti 2015

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Navy & Beige

For a modern take on the classic navy and brown combination, try teaming dark blue legwear with a beige jacket for a smart and sophisticated outfit that can transition from day to night.

With temperatures at their yearly high, opt for lightweight fabrics with a slight structure to keep your look clean yet comfortable – think smooth cotton trousers with a linen-blend blazer.

Image: River Island SS15

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Tonal Blue

When in doubt, go tonal. A colour that all men will already be comfortable wearing, mixing dark and lighter shades of blue together is completely foolproof.

That said, you should look to create a contrast from top to bottom, so try combining trousers in richer shades, from navy to petrol, with a jacket in a pastel hue.

You can also sub in your favourite jeans for smart-casual occasions, so long as they are cut slim and come in a solid wash with no distressing.

Image: River Island SS15

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Tonal Brown & Beige

Another tonal palette that works particularly well in summer, shades of beige and brown will bring a light and breezy feel to your ensemble.

As with tonal blue, look to juxtapose light and dark hues to create a clear definition – anything too close in colour will make it look like you mixed up your suit by mistake.

Image: Zara Summer 2015

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