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MWD: HOW TO WEAR A BLAZER FOUR WAYS

19.02.15

Whether sharply tailored, relaxed, single or double breasted, every man should consider the blazer as one of the most valuable - and versatile - items in his wardrobe. And, for those who think of tailoring as being synonymous with the realms of work and weddings, this week's Menswear Diaries seeks to illustrate that in fact the blazer is endlessly flexible. In How To Wear A Blazer: Four Ways we pick our favourite styles from the SS15 men's blazers collection, and show you how to wear this sartorial all-rounder for the season ahead.

1. THE LEARY SHAWL COLLAR BLAZER

Traditionally associated with dressing for formal events, the shawl collar blazer is often only worn for special occasions. Though the style’s lineage can be traced back to the Victorian smoking jacket, for us the shawl collar blazer feels particularly relevant for the season ahead.

In navy, the Leary shawl collar blazer is a subtle update of an iconic style. Wear yours paired with matching navy trousers, a flower pin and gently grained black brogues. To give the look a contemporary spin, swap out a shirt in favour of a textured knit in black.

2. THE LANCE MELANGE WEAVE BLAZER

Spring and summer offer ample opportunity to give your wardrobe a fresh new lease of life. And what better way to shake off the sartorial shackles of autumn and winter than by donning a light melange weave blazer?

Crafted from pure wool, the Lance grey blazer looks equally appealing when worn as part of a workwear look as it does paired with refined casual pieces off-duty. Take the blazer into new territory this season by wearing with a grey patterned shirt, pale blue chinos, a dark navy belt and slate suede Derby shoes.

3. THE KENSINGTON KNITTED WOOL BLAZER

Ideal for wearing during downtime, a knitted blazer hits the sartorial sweet spot between relaxed and refined dressing. Boasting softened lines, patch pockets and a tactile touch, the knitted blazer is prized for its ability to pair well with practically anything.

Step forth the Kensington navy blazer. Our favourite way to wear this style is with a smart meets casual sensibility. For this look to lightweight layers, slim chinos and pebble grain Derby shoes.

4. THE SILVER MODERN FIT BLAZER

Though we’re champions of the blazer’s versatility, every man should own a blazer which enables him to cut a sharp silhouette in the boardroom or at the bar.

Part of the Silver navy suit and cut in our modern fit, the Silver blazer represents a familiar yet fresh approach to tailoring. The piece is best worn with its matching trousers, a crisp white shirt, a gently textured navy tie and black Derby shoes. Give the look a modern twist by adding a black flower pin and a technical navy tote bag.