(blazer - H&M | denim - Naked & Famous | shirt - Zara | tie - Club Monaco | tie clip - c/o Suited Man | loafers - Johnston & Murphy (vintage) )
The "jeans with a blazer" look has been played time and time again (almost played out). Usually, I stay away from jeans and a blazer and swap out denim for something softer--twill chinos, patterned suit pants, etc.
Regardless of how I feel about the (generic) look, it's still something every man alive should be able to competently throw together. There are a few things to keep in mind when wearing jeans with a blazer.
First, the jeans you wear should be a dark wash. Raw denim has been a big trend in menswear--I'm not saying that they're better than your typical pair of Levi's; but raw denim does tend to be a tad trendier and dressier at the same time (think the jean equivalent of a tuxedo t-shirt). I'd love to talk more about raw denim but I'm not going to do that. Instead click here for an article by a friend of mine who really knows his stuff.
Second, pick a jacket that is not plain. Stay away from a black blazer with dark washed denim. Have fun with a lighter color or even a pattern. Style note: A great combo for fall is tweed and raw denim.
Finally, add some color! Wearing a blazer with jeans is a smart casual look but it's not boardroom appropriate so you can get creative with the colors in your tie and accessories (tie bar, bracelets, pocket square, etc). Have fun with it, just make sure you don't go overboard and dress like a graduating member of a clown college.
- Wear a belt on your jeans. I'm a proponent of beltless suits, but when you mix denim on the bottom, a belt helps break down the casual/formal barrier.
- Don't be afraid to mix textures. Whether it's a linen blazer in the summer or a tweed sports coat in the fall, mixing textures with your jeans on the bottom shows you know your way around your wardrobe.
- A suit jacket with jeans is a smart casual look--spice it up with some bracelets or different shoes like tassel loafers.
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