Blazers are one of those versatile wardrobe items every guy should own. Ideally, you'll have a few different styles you can switch up depending on occasion.
A classic or two (or three) is essential. Plain greys or navies, maybe a tweed.
A pattern, like Idris's checked style here, livens up a look. His red trousers and tie probably already have that covered in this case, but imagine this jacket with plain grey trousers and a plain tie and you'll see what we mean.
And try adding a brocade or velvet (or both!) to your collection. They're everywhere at the moment. Our clients have been making a lot of evening jackets with these fabrics recently, so we've seen a million examples of how great they can look, and they're definitely not just for rockstars and famous actors.
Make Sure You Get The Fit Right.
It's festive season, so you'll probably be heading to at least a few parties/get-togethers - don't be the guy who looks awful in an ill fitting blazer.
This one depends on your height. Your blazer should make your body look balanced. So it should end about mid-crotch if you're 5 ft 9inches or under, and lower-crotch if you're taller.
Stand with your wrists bent and palms facing the floor. You want the sleeve to sit about a quarter of an inch above the top of your hand, so that a little of your shirt sleeve peeks through.
Wherever your shoulder ends (ie as it becomes your arm) is where the shoulder seams should end. The shoulders need to lie flat, no wrinkles or puckering. If your shoulders are a little more rounded, keep the seams in the same place, just ensure you have a bit more padding in the shoulders to square them out.
Obviously, the best way to make sure your blazer fits you perfectly is to go custom-made. You may be surprised by the cost, which is often comparable to buying an off the rack one from a decent brand. These fabrics have been popular in our store recently, and you can browse our full suiting range (the largest in the UK) for more.
Grey 'Winter Weight' Cotton