How To Wear Your Blazer
By Pierre Stanley (Stylist Gazette)
A men’s blazer by definition is an odd jacket that has been cut separately without a matching pair of trousers clearly differentiating it from a suit. It should always be matched with odd trousers (never a fabric too similar) and is not a substitute for a suit; rather, it is meant to fill the void between a business suit and casual dress.
The blazer is a great way to add a whole new range of outfits by pairing it with anything from a pair of jeans to khakis and chinos.
How a blazer should fit
A blazer should fit in the same fashion a suit jacket and sport coat should.
- Room in the shoulders to allow full arm movement but not so much room that the shoulders are over extending the shoulder points by more than ½ inch.
- Room in the chest to fully button the jacket but not enough to hide a baseball.
- The blazer jacket sleeves should extend to the wrist bone and show ¼ to ¾ an inch of shirt cuff when standing straight.
- The jacket length should always fully cover your backside – it can be a bit longer if you are taller than six foot, and should lean on the shorter side if you are shorter than five foot six.
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