As versatility, timelessness, and effortless style go, the navy blazer is the piece of clothing that’s hard to beat. In fact, it’s one of the cornerstones of the modern male wardrobe – a classic item which can be worn at the weekend, in the evening and most importantly, in a smart casual office environment.
The first thing to look out for when investing in this piece is to find one that fits the body well, and secondly that you can imagine wearing in a number of settings. Avoid lapels that are too narrow and opt for a style that is versatile that works well in both smart casual and semi-formal settings, the year round.
This Ermenegildo Zegna blazer is made from woven cotton which gives the appearance of textured denim. The body is tailored with a double vent that’ll skim your frame for a flattering fit, while the partial lining will slip over your shoulders with ease. Wear this with chinos which are slim and not too tight – these Berluti versions are made from a stretch cotton with a subtle sheen – along with this Berluti cutaway-collar shirt, in a smooth cotton poplin.
Team this outfit with a pair of sleek penny loafers by Ermenegildo Zegna in a brown smooth leather. This particular pair adds a bit of personality and, with burnished toe and subtle whipstitching along the toplines, caps off a business look with ease.
Sam Kershaw was previously Accessories Buyer at Mr Porter, before becoming Luxury and Casualwear Buyer at Mr Porter. Previous to that, he was Designer and Formalwear Buyer at Harvey Nichols.
This article was published in The Produktkulturmagazin, issue Q1 2017. Picture credit © MR PORTER