Not so long ago, a blazer was a serious investment. It’s what you bought to make you look important. The default setting was to buy something sensible in grey, navy or black.
Now – well, a good one still isn’t cheap. And it can still pull your whole look together, so that makes it an investment. But thanks to the serial discounting at places like J Crew, it’s possible to buy a decently tailored blazer2020欧洲杯足球即时比分 for under £250. The smartest part of this story is that J Crew carries the same style season after season, so once you find what works for you – the Regent and the Parke are both pretty great – most of the slog’s done.
The next step is choosing a colour. No: grey, navy or black don’t count. The jacket is done with being a corporate drone that makes everyone look as though they work for the Halifax. Now it – and you – can look simultaneously imposing and individual. In fact, those two traits are baseline requirements these days. Recent menswear shows from Dior and Paul Smith have offered men’s tailoring (or rather, unisex, because women order these too) in powder blue, blush pink, teal, orange and rust. The options are endless.
This is all to the good because it means a blazer can be anything you want it to be – from slightly playful to the full Elton John. Far from limiting your choices, the right colour can make a jacket more versatile. A navy trouser suit on a woman might look subdued at a wedding, but in a pale shade it becomes a stylish alternative to the dress. If you love tailoring but don’t feel sufficiently Duchess of Cornwall to go for the dress-and-matching-jacket option, this could be your answer.
Pink, £740, ; Green, £265, ; Violet, £95, ; Blue blazer, £34.99,
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分But which colour? You may have to think laterally for the best results. I love pale blue, but so many of my clothes are already this shade that a blazer I bought from this end of the spectrum ended up being a pale-blue elephant. A matching top, jacket and trousers might look good on the catwalk, but in real life – overkill. A khaki blazer proved far more useful. I’ve now set my sights on a dusky-pink version.
If the pastel route is calling you, avoid the cloyingly sweet, and look for ‘dirty’ or slightly ‘off’ shades. Think Farrow & Ball or Little Greene paint swatches, and whether you’ll wear the blazer on its own or with something underneath.
Yellow, £495, Red, £860, ; Parke in deep-blue gingham, £277,
If you’re leaning towards brights, maybe take a slight sidestep: caramel or pumpkin instead of bright orange, teal over emerald, claret rather than red. The more muted options still have impact but will probably make for a longer relationship. If your heart’s set on crimson, don’t let me stop you. Try velvet – it takes the sting out of brights, and leaves the afterglow. High risk, high winnings. This is how individuality plays.
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