How many blazers are essential if you're starting from scratch or simplifying your collection? You need to be prepared with a few staples that cover both structured and unstructured styles, even if there isn't a set amount.
The former is more formal, heavier, and tailored like a suit jacket. Most structured blazers are made of wool. In comparison, unstructured has a little more room and usually lacks shoulder padding and angles. Cotton is more often used in construction because it feels lighter. Structured blazers fall into two categories: single-breasted or double-breasted, with peak or notch lapels. So, starting with the following five categories, consider these factors:
The navy blazer
It seems like you are attending a funeral in black. Brown: depending on the year, either too hip or too '70s. Also, gray? If you wear it with a black or white shirt, it will have tonal dressing consequences if it is too light or dark. In this way, a Navy blazer becomes a compromise—but not one you must wear because it's your only item. The color itself looks subtly sophisticated while simultaneously projecting depth and brightness.
In summary, it's everything without being too concentrated in any area. In terms of style, blue is like black: It fits well with everything and isn't too fashionable or outdated. It is ubiquitous in this setting. For a more formal look, pair khakis with a white shirt, a tie with a low-key design, and office-appropriate clothing. Conversely, unstructured, single-button variants adapt the same adult flexibility to a printed button-up shirt and jeans.
Navy goes well with everything, especially if you're the kind who dresses up your blazer with sweaters, rollnecks, or even a fitting shirt. Take care of its design, as this will be your default. Regarding texture, be cautious since anything more than the woven appearance of linen or Tweed is too jarring.
Also, stay away from flashy buttons: For instance, gold gives off the impression that you are preparing to take command of a ship or appears like something a youngster might wear to a wedding. In this instance, it is best to keep the buttons neutral or the same color as the rest of the outfit.
Light and structured suit
Unfortunately, even when you're the most gregarious and outgoing guy in the room, navy suggests seriousness. You must thus dress appropriately for professional events yet avoid becoming stuffy or snobbish. That's when a structured, lighter-colored blazer works well with your outfit. In this instance, any shade of gray, tan, cream, or faded blue goes well with your darker-colored pants without seeming too James Bond. But you may have more fun here since it's just less formal. For a touch of color-blocking, think of textures like grey herringbone or a tuxedo jacket.
Wearing an unstructured blazer
While a structured jacket looks great, there are better seasons than summer for heavier fabrics when dressing smart-casual. Unstructured blazers are more appropriate for warmer weather due to their cotton material, sometimes blended with linen, relaxed style, and less padding and buttons.
To put it briefly, it's the item you can wear over a button-down shirt with short sleeves, leave unbuttoned, and never have to ask yourself, "When can I take this off?" Even though it's often referred to as a sports jacket, the unstructured blazer must be a functional but somewhat dressy item, particularly if you want to wear it to the workplace or a networking event afterward. Thus, even if it expands the options, certain restrictions still apply.
First, try to do the color scheme sparingly. Although burgundy or dark green aren't unusual these days, they are considered as fads. Remain in the color spectrum of brown, blue, and gray instead. From this point on, however, don't discount the materials—in fact, they could be the inspiration for the personality of your jacket. Velvet seems sleek and stylish yet enigmatic, while corduroy harkens back to the 1970s. Worsted wool and Tweed exude sophistication. The blazer becomes a subdued standout item within these bounds.
The plaid blazer
We are not referring to a Burberry-like design with a lot of contrast. Instead, checks are beginning to resemble the newest texture because of the variety of pattern options available: a delicate departure from a solid hue. When combined with windowpane checks, the tonal juxtaposition offers a subtle flash of color and some interior structure. Therefore, even if you're holding your breath about leaving a lasting impression, you seem like the most daring guy in the room just by wearing a checkered blazer with flat-front pants and a solid-colored Oxford shirt.
Even though this work is mainly inside the statement category, there are still specific guidelines. As previously said, use a tiny to medium-sized check and go light and unobtrusive. Should the design be excessively huge and heavily contrasted, your blazer will seem like an upscale flannel. At the same time, fit is just as important. Like your suit, anything patterned should not have an excessively broad or unstructured cut; otherwise, it will seem like pajamas on you at formal events. Instead, make your shape thinner and define it with a few angles.
The fashion jacket.
The party suit is returning, but only some are brave enough to try a head-to-toe pattern. This moment is where the so-called "fashion jacket" enters the picture. Assuming you know when and how to wear this jacket, you can wear any available print.
First, it's for situations in which a patterned bomber is just inappropriate: Consider New Year's Eve, cocktail parties, wedding receptions, Christmas and graduation parties, club nights with a rigorous dress code, and so on. In short, consider any event requiring a degree of celebration. However, you must approach it cautiously: Keep it thin and structured to avoid clashing with the rest of your ensemble. It's up to you to decide the path and vision from here.