Yes ladies, this one is all about how to wear a men's blazer. You read correctly. This time it's not about the dolls, it's time for the guys to get their rightful cameo.
I'm the first one to admit that we have completely neglected menswear on the site. Shame on The StyleShaker. Yes, I said it. After ten years spent in an abnormally estrogen-heavy industry, my fashion focus as the editor became a bit narrowed. Until now that is...
After a couple of convos last week with some close friends, I realized (took the longest route possible to finally see the obvious here, nothing new) that The StyleShaker is, and should be, universal when it comes to what to wear and how to wear it.
To say that the shopping habits of a man differ greatly from a woman would probably be one of the largest understatements I've made this year. I used my guy friends, my 'focus group,' to peel back a few layers on how men shop. What I found with the men is that there's still a good level of thought put in, it just stops at that and doesn't continue down the rabbit hole of over-analysis like some of their female counterparts. You want to look good, of course, but you don't want to have to think about it or spend like there's no tomorrow on trends. Once you get a little direction, find something you like, the decision is made. Decisiveness is a beautiful thing, so in order to keep the momentum going, I'm serving up a little how to wear it look, focusing on a men's blazer, this time around it's a check number from Mango (check=plaid).
I figure, since I'm always asked on trips to help lay out what to wear for my friends, I might as well share the styling love and give you a female high-end fashion veteran perspective on how to pull a look together and make it your own.
It's all about the layers on this one, so think Fall and less Summer. Easy for those of you living anywhere but below the Mason-Dixon line. For those of us still sitting in the heat, it's time to visualize for a minute. Here's how to wear it:
1. H.E. by Mango Technical Jacket (www.shop.mango.com) 2. H.E. by Mango Prince of Whales Check Blazer (www.shop.mango.com) 3. Charvet Micro-Check Dress Shirt (www.neimanmarcus.com) 4. Skinny Stripe Tie (www.express.com) 5. Santoni Men's Classic Suede Chukka Boot (www.dsw.com) 6. 7 For All Mankind SLIMMY - Slim Straight Jeans (www.piperlime.gap.com)
I pulled the men's blazer and field jacket directly from the editorial shot after shopping around and not finding any solid comparisons at the price range Mango is working. Side note, the blazer is shown with a vest but that's just styled like that for the product shot on the website. This is all blazer, sans vest.
I love a good layered moment. You don't have to polish things off completely, but a little structure here and there goes a long way over a great pair of straight leg jeans. The look walks the fine line between dressed up and casual by taking what could be formal (blazer, tie, etc) and matching it with some distressed jeans and field jacket with cargo pockets.
To me, this is a great way to pull off a daytime look if you don't have to be in suit-mode all the time. Love it.
That's just one take from the Menswear side of the fashion biz, see more when it comes to what to wear out there, how to wear it, and where to shop for everything from the latest trends to absolute classics in fashion.