Macho in the anytime jacket
The most versatile component of a masculine wardrobe is the blazer, which can effortlessly give new life to other garments and vastly increase the overall stock
YOU DO not need many of them and each has its special role to play. They may be for business meetings, a visit to your in laws or for informal cocktails.
The blazer is the most versatile component of a masculine wardrobe. The blazer effortlessly multiplies the top-bottom combinations thereby giving new life to other garments and vastly increasing the overall stock.
The name is said to derive from a 19th Century warship - HMS Blazer, whose commander (on the eve of Queen Victoria's coronation) ordered his crew into navy jackets with brass buttons.
The classic navy blue, double-breasted blazer with six metal buttons has undergone complete transformation in tune with `trends' for this season and today's times.
Though navy is the most traditional, this season has black topping the colour charts followed by camel and moss green.
The classic double-breasted blazer can even be worn to the office, though it is an ideal Friday phenomenon.
It is the one indispensable item to travel with, both for wearing on the plane and for informal business, and for social situations as well.
Panelling is in, with the T-panel is both front and back being most loved. Panelling also indicates the front being broken into two with the horizontal style line say midway at the lower lapel level.
The classic horizontal flap pockets are undergoing transformation with the same mock version being aligned vertically. Also, single lip welts are being incorporated at the chest level.
The classic knotch collars are being overshadowed by crisp versions of shirt collars, convertible collars or say mandarins.
Collarless ideas with blunt `U' and `V' at neck area are also indicated. With a dark shirt or black crewneck, this blazer can even take you through a night at a disco or club.
Blazers can create a number of options lending you that `ever wanted' feeling of being different. You can bring in your individuality, your own style. Team your blazer with striped shirts, solid shirts, solid knit ties, patterned geo-floral ties; khakis, twills, jeans, loafers, pumps.
Flannel, wool serge and cashmere - the blazer fabrics have been supplemented with a lot more textile types this season.
Worsted lines, heavy weights of Italian crepe, sand-washed twills and drills form a part of this season's story.
The power of the blazer is in the fit this season and not in its trims. The tradition of wearing brass buttons has been blown away by the wet winds. Instead, high quality synthetic buttons are reflected. Some of the design houses continue to affix heraldic crests, as they are the hallmark recognition of their brand.
A blazer can look crisp and tailored with a white shirt or played down with jeans and a T-shirt. It dresses you for work or leisure or for almost anything is between. A must have for the well-bred man... get a good one for styled structure and warmth.
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