Who says blazers are limited strictly for formal wear? It’s a common assumption that blazers are part of a suit, but this isn’t necessarily true. There are blazers, suit jackets and sports coats. Of those three, blazers are the least formal. But if you’re planning to wear a blazer as part of a casual outfit, there are a few things you should know.
When Wearing Jeans, Go Dark
You don’t have to necessarily wear a trousers, chinos or khakis with a casual blazer. But if you’re going to wear jeans with a blazer, make sure they are dark. Light and/or faded jeans are simply too casual for this look. A pair of dark-indigo jeans, however, is the perfect choice for a casual blazer.
Contrast Shirt and Blazer Colors
Something else to consider when wearing a casual blazer is whether or not it matches your shirt. You don’t want to wear a blazer that’s the same color as your shirt. If your blazer is black and your shirt is black, the two garments will blend together, offering nothing in terms of aesthetic value. A better approach is to contrast the color of your blazer to the color of your shirt, which makes these two garments pop with greater visual appeal.
When wearing a casual blazer, it’s important to choose the right shoes. Shoes can make or break an outfit, regardless of whether it’s casual or formal. The trick to achieving an attractive look when wearing a casual blazer, however, is to choose semi-formal footwear, such as boots or loafers.
One of the great things about casual blazers is that you can wear them with or without a necktie. Contrary to popular believe, neckties aren’t limited strictly to formal wear. It’s perfectly fine to wear them with casual outfits, including a casual blazer. With that said, you should only wear a necktie with your casual blazer if it flows cohesively with the rest of your outfit.
Press Your Blazer
Don’t make the mistake of wearing a wrinkled blazer, as this will hurt your efforts to achieve a stylish look. Whether the wrinkles are small or large, you should eliminate them before wearing a blazer out in public. Thankfully, there are several solutions available to de-wrinkle a blazer, some of which include professional dry-cleaning, steam iron, and even hanging your blazer up in the bathroom while leaving a hot shower running.