The Chapar is pleased to introduce Joseph Aaron, our resident guest Style Blogger. He will cover various style issues with us over the coming months. Over to you Joseph…
My love for the blazer has increased dramatically; when I was younger I associated it with schoolboys and older gentlemen: it was the domain of the unstylish. However as my sense of style matured I began to see the blazer for what it was: an essential part of any man’s wardrobe. I’ve always loved suits and it dawned on me that a blazer is essentially a suit jacket that can be worn with almost anything. That’s the great thing about the blazer, it’s so versatile and when you put one on it gives you a little bit of that feeling you got when you wore your first suit, that James Bond feeling. So with that in mind here are a few tips and ideas on how you can start your own love affair with the blazer.
Fit is king
This is a little phrase that you should say to yourself every time you update your wardrobe, it doesn’t matter if you spend thousands and get the most stylish garments you can find if the fit’s wrong. This of course applies to the blazer, you should aim for yours to fit your body snugly, follow your body’s natural silhouette, but not be too tight, you should be able to fasten all the buttons with ease. Think of it as a “tailored” fit.
Your blazer looks like a suit jacket, but it isn’t one and because of that you can and indeed should have one in a number of different fabrics. My two personal favourites at the moment are tweed and corduroy, once the domain of stuffy geography teachers both materials have been given a style make over (Doctor Who may have had a lot to do with this) and look good on anyone regardless of age or profession! Also bear in mind that velvet is an upcoming trend, and one that I think is definitely worth exploring. If you’re unsure about wearing a new material then ease in to it, wear it at occasions where people aren’t scrutinising your personal style and see how you feel; but as ever the key is confidence, if you think you look good in it you will do.
Colour, it won’t bite
Men tend to dress in neutral tones and while this is fine it is becoming a bit old hat, the blazer is the perfect excuse to inject some colour into your look. An outfit that can look fantastic is neutral coloured jeans, a shirt and a more brightly coloured blazer. You can also add some pattern to your outfit with a pocket square; it should be a similar colour to what you’re already wearing but not exactly the same. Colour in your outfit makes you stand out and this is a good thing, if you feel confident people will applaud you and your personal style.
Dressing up or dressing down
I mentioned before that the blazer was so versatile and I mean that in the sense that it can be worn for both smart and casual occasions. For the casual occasions a blazer really smartens your whole ensemble up and makes you look a lot sharper. And for smarter occasions a blazer can dress your outfit down, for a summer wedding you could wear some classic chinos a shirt and a blazer, it’s different from a suit and will really give you an edge.
So there you have it my brief look at the blazer, it’s really something that should every man should have at least one in his wardrobe.
By Joseph Aaron
At The Chapar we stock LBM 1911 Blazers RRP ≈£300
Joseph has his own style blog at www.lionsandwardrobes.com
You can also e-mail him questions at Lionsandwardrobes@gmail.com
Or alternatively you can tweet him at @Joeaaron118