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BLAZER
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For work, rest or play, the blazer is one of the hardest-working staples in your wardrobe. Here, Esquire’s style director, Teo van den Broeke, tries a few on and shares his tips on how to pull off the smart jacket with stylish aplomb

 

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Work wonders

“For decades, the unwritten sartorial rule of the office dictated that men wear suits (a few dress-down Fridays aside). Today, things have relaxed; never has it looked more stylish – or smart – to wear a tailored blazer with a pair of beautifully cut trousers in a contrasting fabric. The key is to keep colours tonal and accessories traditional: a knitted tie or folded pocket square smartens things up instantly.”

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“A BLAZER and
trousers are as office
friendly as a suit”

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Something for the weekend

“While a structured blazer is perfect for formal environments, something softer like a deconstructed jacket is great for downtime. Team tailored separates with traditionally sporty pieces such as sneakers, sweaters and backpacks; this new relaxed mood is simple to add to your wardrobe. Wear a comfortable cotton or linen style with pieces of a similar shade and classic tennis shoes to look considered and understated. Just make sure everything fits well – it’s about looking relaxed, not sloppy.”

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“Go for SOFTER
shapes for
a relaxed look”

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When night falls

“If you’re going out at night, focus on fabric and colour. Pep up something like a classic navy blazer with a geometric-print shirt, or for double-breasted styles (great for creating the illusion of height), ensure your blazer takes centre stage with a simple T-shirt in a luxe material. While a deconstructed style suits daytime, a more structured cut is better for evenings – it’ll make you look smarter and slimmer. And who doesn’t want that?”

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“LUXE fabrics make
the right after-hours
statement”

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Photographer: Jonathan Glynn-Smith / Stylist: Gareth Scourfield / Groomer: Carmelo Guastella

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