StyleWhipped Magazine, June 2019

StyleWhipped Magazine, June 2019

July 02, 2019

Hey guys, remember your first blue blazer? The one that was sort of navy/sort of an identifiable color, had gold nautical buttons on the cuffs, and was identical to one your father had? Yeah, that one. It was bad, right? And for a lot of guys, it ruined “blue blazers” for life. Instead you turn to grey, black, charcoal, etc…anything but a preppy, old-school navy blazer. But guess what? Some of the very best, on-trend, super current, and just downright gorgeous, fashion-forward blazers are in fact…blue! They just don’t AT ALL resemble the one you wore to your Holy Communion or the 8th grade dance (or the one your dad wore in the ’80’s when your mother made him dress up for the neighborhood holiday party…). I picked four that I personally love, but all of them can give you inspiration for your own purchases. And you can actually find great blazers now for a couple hundred bucks, or you can spend $3,000. I kept all these options just around $700, with one exception at $1300 (but you know, it’s Armani. And it’s really good…). Check ’em out…

This first one from Peter Millar, actually has the term “hyperlight” in its description. This is so (so so so) key at this time of year. Because even though it’s hot out, you still need to look sharp…so now the temperature is not an excuse to leave your jacket at home! In a combination of pale grey and baby blue plaid, this is subtle but interesting, and perfectly suited (no pun intended) for summer. It works just as well with dark dress pants (blue, black or charcoal are all fine) and a crisp white dress shirt as it does over medium wash jeans with a solid white t-shirt and navy sneaker-shoes…

Like that last one but ready to take it one fashion-forward step further? The “Jay” sportcoat from Ted Baker is the perfect alternative (and my favorite in this group). In slightly-shiny really saturated light blue/turquoise with the grey plaid stripe as the secondary color, this one is downright fabulous (can I say “fabulous” when describing menswear? Well, I’m going to…). It makes a huge statement and is what I would recommend when you are the host of the party or you need to make a serious impression if you aren’t! This one also works with a variety of pant/shirt combos, depending on the formality of the event. I would lean toward slim grey, black or white trousers with a white textured dress shirt…

Not into the plaid or just looking for a really cool solid blue option (but one that never, ever reminds you of slightly resembling a throw-back ship’s captain)? This one from Hugo Boss is such a stunning color that you almost forget there isn’t any extra detailing like a pattern or texture. The bright royal blue with a slight sheen works all year-round, and can be dressed up or down. For summer, try it paired with dark-wash jeans, a weighty black v-neck t-shirt, and white sneaker-shoes (to lighten it all up a bit and make the blue tone pop even more)…

Ready for a seriously important night out? Also ready to spend about double what all the others featured here cost? The “Neat Dinner Jacket” from Emporio Armani can single-handedly make a guy feel like James Bond. This one is worthy of the night you propose, walk a red carpet, or get an award (you know, a big one, like a Grammy or something…). I would pair it with black dress pants, really formal black shoes (like patent leather), a textured white or pale blue dress shirt and a skinny, solid black tie if you’re a tie guy. However…if you live in LA (or just like to pretend you do), go ahead and let this be the star of an otherwise cool-guy casual look…medium-washed, slightly whiskered jeans, whtie, black or even grey or a graphic t-shirt, and black shoes. Either way, the jacket makes everything perfect.

So…not your father’s blue blazer, right?! Right.

~ Alison.