CALEXICO MAN: How to wear a blazer without feeling overdressed.

We get it. Blazers feel like a special occasion kinda thing. But considering it is usually one of the largest wardrobe investments you will make, why shouldn't you be able to wear it more?

Turns out you can.

#1

The modern man has significantly more wiggle room in present times when it comes to dress code. Think of the words "smart casual" as open to interpretation, a blank canvas for you to truly master the business-on-the-top/comfort-on-the-bottom that you always wished you would've tried as you sit at a cool lounge in a boring dinner suit that still has the dry-cleaning receipt from the last wedding you went to in the pocket.  

Jacket Eleventy / Shirt Theory / Belt Post & Co / Trouers Haikure / Shoes Brando

The modern man has significantly more wiggle room in present times when it comes to dress code. Think of the words "smart casual" as open to interpretation, a blank canvas for you to truly master the business-on-the-top/comfort-on-the-bottom that you always wished you would've tried as you sit at a cool lounge in a boring dinner suit that still has the dry-cleaning receipt from the last wedding you went to in the pocket. All it takes is the combination of the clean tailoring of a statement jacket with a well-fitted pair of jeans or pants.

#2

Wearing a blazer doesn't always need to be a statement. No, seriously. And it doesn't always need a button-up shirt or a half-an-hour outfit planning session. A well-fitted blazer speaks for itself and when paired back with your go-to wardrobe staples (see: Tee and jeans) you get the perks of well-polished style and the freedom to head from one occasion to the next without the whole "am I underdressed" debacle. But most importantly. You get to feel like you.

Jacket Harris Wharf London / Tee Sacred Blood / Trousers Haikure / Shoes Brando

Wearing a blazer doesn't always need to be a statement. No, seriously. And it doesn't always need a button-up shirt or a half-an-hour outfit planning session. A well-fitted blazer speaks for itself and when paired back with your go-to wardrobe staples (see: Tee and jeans) you get the perks of well-polished style and the freedom to head from one occasion to the next without the whole "am I underdressed" debacle. But most importantly. You get to feel like you.

#3

Oh, hey there Fabio. Just kidding. Even if you need to hit somewhat closer to suit territory, you can create that effect with some strategic colour blocking. Cutting through the singular tone, even the noisiest print is pulled back to contribute just the right amount of interest to your slightly-more-formal ensemble.  

Jacket Harris Wharf London / Shirt Osvaldo Trucchi / Belt Post & Co / Trousers Haikure / Shoes Brando

Oh, hey there Fabio. Just kidding. Even if you need to hit somewhat closer to suit territory, you can create that effect with some strategic colour blocking. Cutting through the singular tone, even the noisiest print is pulled back to contribute just the right amount of interest to your slightly-more-formal ensemble.

#4

There are times for cool and minimalist, but other times, you just want to have fun. The biggest component when it comes to confidence in casual style is the ability to experiment with colours and prints. You can scale this all the way up and still never be too overdressed in a blazer for a lunch, dinner, coffee date, meeting or night out.

Jacket Eleventy / Shirt Osvaldo Trucchi / Belt Post & Co / Trousers J Brand / Shoes Brando

There are times for cool and minimalist, but other times, you just want to have fun. The biggest component when it comes to confidence in casual style is the ability to experiment with colours and prints. You can scale this all the way up and still never be too overdressed in a blazer for a lunch, dinner, coffee date, meeting or night out.

#5

Again, back to the blazer-tee thing. It's so easy. Give it a try.

Jacket Eleventy / Tee Faherty / Belt Post & Co / Trousers Vince / Shoes P448

Again, back to the blazer-tee thing. It's so easy. Give it a try.