As the weather heats up, a navy blazer will become an essentially versatile item in your wardrobe. But how to style it? Read our complete guide on what to wear with a navy blazer, where it came from and most importantly, how to make it work for you.
A navy blue blazer is an extremely easy and versatile piece to wear, especially when it comes to men’s casual blazers, but only if you know how to choose, and style, the right one for you. It’s part of the list of wardrobe essentials that also tends to include a crisp Oxford shirt, a badass leather jacket and of course a box fresh white pair of trainers.
In recent years, however, with the rise of streetwear and casual chic; the navy blazer has been somewhat forgotten and possibly assigned to the depths of your wardrobe where your deepest darkest fashion faux pas hang out (yes I’m talking about that one time you thought a string vest would be cool… oh and those skin tight leather trousers, yeah they can still stay at the back).
You can wear a blazer with jeans, you can wear one with a suit and you can even, if you get the right cut, wear a blazer with a pair of shorts. The possibilities are endless. A navy blazer for men is that item in your wardrobe that you’ve probably had for a few years now. It hangs there, willing you to take it out every time you get dressed, and yet somehow you just never choose it. Let’s take a look at some men’s navy blue blazer styling tips and tricks.
How to Wear a Blazer
So now you know that you can wear your blazer much more than you thought, what do you wear it with? Don’t worry, you don’t need to rush out and buy a whole load of matching ensembles. Navy blue can be worn with black, white, bright green and even orange if you really wanted to. The choice is yours.
But if you’re stuck in a bit of a style rut and this mercurial weather is making your sartorial choices next to impossible, then we might just have the looks you need.
Sometimes wearing a suit every day can get a little bit tedious, feeling often like a school uniform and taking you back to the days where everyone had to look the same. If you want to stand out from the crowd at work but still stay within the guidelines, choose a navy blazer to wear with your suit. Add a jazzy tie and maybe a brightly coloured pair of socks and you’ll be ready for your day, with a little added spring in your step.
If you’re noticed the current trend of wearing sportswear outside the gym, then you’ve probably been looking and liking. Easy to style, easy to wear, your outfit will call for a slouchier shaped blazer in a more casual fabric. Pair with a slim-fitting hoodie underneath, a printed cap to keep the look daytime luxe and an obligatory (and probably empty) sports bag and leave people wondering about how you manage to look so fresh, as you’ve so obviously just walked out of the gym.
Sunny Day in The Park
So the sun has finally decided to show it’s face and you have a glorious afternoon planned in the park. You don’t want to look scruffy, however, so have opted for your new navy blazer to keep your look fresh and interesting. Wear with a tailored pair of shorts and old boat shoes to stop you from looking overdressed. When the sun goes down, throw your blazer around the shoulders of your girlfriend/boyfriend/mum to show just how chivalrous you truly are… then attempt to hide your goosebumps.
How to Choose Your Perfect Navy Blazer
Now, many may think that there are no faux pas to be made with a navy blazer. It’s versatile, the colour goes with everything and the shape is just right. But, of course there are a few essential bits of information that you need to be aware of before you buy:
Always, always try before you buy. Take a friend/your mum with you (make sure it’s someone with a lot of patience) to enable you to have a second opinion and someone to look at you from behind.
Make sure the jacket fits you just right across the shoulders – you don’t want any excess fabric.
Choose your shade wisely. Anything too bright will look cheap but anything too dark could take you into black.
Look at the buttons. If you want to be a little ostentatious then by all means choose the style with the shiny, bright buttons. But remember that this is going to be a wardrobe staple. You want something classic that will withstand the changes in fashion. Go for contrast tortoiseshell buttons to add a subtle detail.
Back in the day, you know way back when Gatsby was reigning supreme, the trend was for blazers to be tailored and figure hugging, streamlined to perfection. Today the trend is for a more slouchy feel, a sports-luxe look that enables the blazer to be worn both in the office and after.
Happily, you can of course wear your blazer however you want, such is it’s beauty that it looks great both ways. For the taller, more slender men out there, either shape will do because you were born a clothes horse. For those of you carrying a little more width and less height, the fabric, along with the cut, will be an essential part of choosing your blazer and in maintaining a flattering shape.
In short, if it’s not already in your wardrobe, get a navy blazer quick. It’s versatility will never cease to amaze you. Dust it off, replace any missing buttons, check for any old smells and then hang it at the front of your wardrobe. That way it’ll be the first thing you see when you’re getting dressed. You could even hang it on the outside so you can gaze at it as your fall into bed at night. It’s up to you how you choose to show your affection.