It is official - we can now say it without risk of a heavy blanket of snow making us sound foolish. Spring is here! Flowers are out, there are buds on the trees, the evenings are long. And we’ve even had our first bout of genuinely warm weather.
That should be enough for any discerning gentleman to be turning his thoughts to his summer wardrobe. And the first recommendation we want to make for this year’s warm-weather attire is - invest in a blazer.
Blazers suffer in their reputation from their association with school uniforms. But the stuffy shapeless jackets you had to endure in childhood bear very little relation to the sharp, elegant comfort you can achieve with a made-to-measure blazer.
A blazer is the ultimate in flexible summerwear, capable of forming the basis of an outfit for virtually any occasion. Here are four great reasons to invest in one this year.
A cool alternative to your suit
Let’s face it, when the mercury starts to rise, the prospect of wearing a complete tailored suit becomes less and less appealing, whether it is for work or for a formal occasion. A blazer offers a great alternative. Cut from cotton or linen, a summer blazer can help you stay cool in both senses of the word, without compromising on your smart appearance.
Smart and casual
Blazers are what the term ‘smart casual’ was coined for, because they are perfect whichever look you are going for. Matched with a pair of tailored trousers and a smart shirt, they become a suit surrogate for the warmer months, as we have discussed. But throw it over a pair of jeans and even (whisper it) a T-shirt, and you have the ideal casual outfit for a night on the town or for an informal dinner date. To top it all off, blazers look great with or without a tie.
Mix up your style
If we’re frank about things, even your favourite suit has one drawback - it’s always the same. As much as you try to re-accessorize, it is still the same suit, in the same colour and pattern. The great thing about a blazer is how much you can play around pairing it with other clothing. Trousers, jeans, shorts, shirts, t-shirts, polos - the combinations are endless. And if you really want to push the boat out on mixing things up, why not buy two blazers - one in plainer, more subtle tones for pairing with loud shirts and trousers, and another in a bolder colour or striking pattern to act as the centrepiece of your outfits.
Finally, let’s put those haunting memories of an ill-fitting, rough-fabriced school blazer to bed once and for all. A professionally made, hand cut and tailored blazer is the very epitome of comfort. In lightweight summer fabrics, you will barely notice you have it on, while in really hot weather, the cool kiss of cotton or linen will be a welcome relief.
Make sure you don’t miss the best of the weather - book yourself in to get measured up for a summer blazer today.