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When we think of menswear, suits tend to be the first thing that comes to mind. In concept, it’s easier to put together. The jacket and pants match, so really you just need to find a shirt and a tie. And there you have it- a full outfit. However, not all occasions ask for a suit and sometimes it’s just not AS versatile as the alternative: a blazer.

Blazers come in a variety of colours, patterns, and fabrics. It gives you the chance to show your personality while still looking put together and dapper. It instantly upgrades any outfit you have by bridging the gap between business and casual wear. Sounds pretty ideal doesn’t it?

Now that I’ve got you excited about blazers, scroll down to see some of the outfits we’ve styled for you. See how versatile and easy it can be worked into your wardrobe. The outfits can be worn for work, a dinner date, or drinks with friends.

Outfit details: Tiger Of Sweden Geo Print Marzotto Wool Blazer $599, Sand Polka Dot Shirt $195, Blue Industry Smooth Stretch Chino $145, Lowell Dante Leather Messenger Bag $385, Paradigma Double Monk Strap Perf Leather Shoe $375

If you’re new to the blazer game, invest in a blue/navy one. Feel free to go for one with a subtle print like this one from Tiger of Sweden. It gives you a choice to either let the pattern or the shirt stand out. This outfit is simple, clean and works for many different occasions.

Outfit details: Blue Industry Jersey Collar Blazer $325, Howe Youth In Asia Shirt $79, Selected Homme Chino $95, Paradigma Fancy Suede/Leather Brogue $365

This is what we call the “Jersey Blazer”. The fabrication is more relaxed so it works great for casual situations. The small details of this blazer make it a winner: the striped pattern on the collar, the flap pockets, and the contrasting buttons. The outfit is kept simple as the blazer can be worn with a variety of combinations. Any coloured or patterned button with chinos or trousers.

Outfit details: Van Gils Ellis Tonal Plaid Blazer $695, +39 Masq Splatter Print Crew Neck Knit Sweater $250, Van Gils Bull Floral Print Trouser $245, Ted Baker Rogrr 2 Toecap Oxford Leather Shoe $255, Sandqvist Stina Leather Handbag $375

It’s highly recommended that you venture out of the classic realm of blues. This purple blazer from Without Prejudice has a subtle check pattern to give it some character. A sweater is a great alternative to a dress shirt or button down. So don’t put them away just yet. Work them into your current wardrobe thinking of your blazer as more of a lightweight outerwear piece. Plan your outfit to work with or without wearing it in case you want to take it off.

Outfit details: Gotstyle Contrast Glen Check Blazer $700, Neuw Lou Slim Fit Raw Japanese Selvedge $189, Sand Sean Connery Rico Knit Polo $225, Paradigma Fancy Suede/Leather Brogue $365

What else can you wear instead of a dress shirt? A polo. Worn with a pair of dark wash denim, it’s a classic. Wear it with a blazer on top, it just got a dapper upgrade. Sweaters and polos don’t need to be tucked in for a more relaxed casual outfit. Looking sharp doesn’t mean feeling stuffy. If a polo isn’t your thing, try a Pima cotton crew neck t-shirt.

Outfit details: Ted Baker Dreamas Jacquard Spotted Blazer $585, Without Prejudice Floral Print Shirt $245, Strellson Solid Cotton Stretch Trouser $198, Paradigma Fancy Suede/Leather Brogue $365

Don’t be afraid of patterned blazers. More importantly, don’t be afraid to pair it with a printed shirt. It can be daunting at first but the idea is to always make sure that one print is bigger than the other and to stay within a colour family. Keep the pants simple and a solid colour so it doesn’t take away from the details. This outfit is great for those who like their personality to shine through and maybe even impress a date.

Outfit details: Circle of Gentlemen Britain Blazer $850, Dimattia Sanremo Textured Jacquard Print Pant $245, Ted Baker Two Aces Floral Print LS Shirt $195, Paradigma Fancy Suede/Leather Brogue $365

Last but not least, a light coloured blazer for the spring/summer season. Unlike your father’s father’s wool blazers, this modern one by Circle of Gentlemen is lightweight. This is important during the warmer weather- no one wants to sweat in their layers while trying to look good. It’s easy to style, so feel free to pair it with prints and patterns. Add a pocket square for a pop of colour.

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A great blazer is one of the most reliable and versatile pieces in any guy’s wardrobe. The classic way to wear a blazer is similar to a suit jacket — with a dress shirt and tie — but slightly less formal (the jacket isn’t a matching set with the suit pants). The differences between a blazer, sport coat, and suit jacket can be subtle, but they’re important to know.

Think you’ve got the classic blazer look covered? Great. Let’s step up your style to the next level, and explore 5 new looks to make the most of your awesome blazers that have been trapped in the confines of nine to five.

BLAZER LOOK #1

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Tiger of Sweden Navy Double Breasted Peak Lapel Blazer: $599, Stenstroms Slimline Basic Dress Shirt: $195, Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Organic Dry: $179, Gotstyle Double Monkstrap Wingtip Shoe: $225

A double breasted blazer with dark denim is a modern power look any guy can pull off. The double breasted blazer is bold, so pair it with a solid colour dress shirt and let the blazer do the talking. Always keep the inside button and upper outside button fastened when standing. The only time you shouldn’t do up a button is if your blazer has multiple rows of buttons on the centre. If that’s the case, the same rule as with single breasted blazers applies — leave the bottom button undone.

Make sure that when wearing jeans with dress shoes the jeans are well tapered at the bottom, like on our model above. This will add height and slim down your look. If the front cuff of your jeans covers either of the monkstraps, it’s a sign the cuffs are too wide.

It may not be what you’re used to, but trust me, tapered lower legs are the way to avoid the dreaded “dad jean flare” you may not even realize you’ve been rocking. Once you wear one pair of properly tapered jeans and see the difference, you’ll never go back.

BLAZER LOOK #2

black blazer single breasted notch lapel Strellson Black STC Travel Jacket: $598, John Varvatos Grey Eyelet Henley Shirt: $98, Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Organic Dry: $179

Throw your best dark blazer on over a designer tee, jeans, and military style boots to pull off a Justin Theroux inspired rocker look. Some tips to make sure you do it right:

  • Treat this as a casual look. A t-shirt with a blazer is cool. A t-shirt with a blazer when everyone else is wearing a suit? Not so cool.
  • Make sure your jeans are tapered right. Come on man, we already talked about this.
  • Let your boots develop some character.
  • Leave the blazer unbuttoned — with a t-shirt, better to keep it casual.
  • The t-shirt should hit just below your belt.
  • Avoid tight tees. When wearing a t-shirt with a blazer, try not to look too…slick. I like to gently tug on the collar of my shirts before wearing them under a blazer. A bit of a slouchy look is perfect. You’re not wearing this to a black tie event anyways, so it’s cool to grunge up this particular blazer look.

BLAZER LOOK #3

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Van Gils Blue Pindot Blazer: $550, John Varvatos Green Striped Hoodie: $180, Zanerobe Black Sureshot Chino: $125, Sully Wong x Gotstyle Camo Shoes: $125

Here’s where a blazer can be useful as a transitional layering piece. Pair a casual, natural shoulder blazer like this one with a hoodie, joggers, and luxe sneakers for a super comfy outfit that will turn heads. In the right way.

Make sure the hoodie is thin. Not just any hoodie will work — too thick and it won’t layer nicely with a properly tailored blazer. As much as you love your college sweater, save it for the couch and opt for a sleeker fitting piece.

Seize this opportunity to wear your coolest, boldest sneakers (as long as they match what you’re wearing above the ankles). Joggers were made popular by sneakerheads because they show off a guy’s kicks — so go all out! An eye-catching pair like these ones from Sully Wong elevate the look from good to great.

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Sully Wong x Gotstyle Camo Shoes: $125

BLAZER LOOK #4

preppy blue blazer look polo swims Gotstyle Navy Wool Notch Lapel Blazer with Metal Buttons: $695, Selected Homme Charcoal Skinny Fit Stretch Chino: $95, Swims Navy Sport Loafer: $100, Taft No-Show Socks: $60 (4-pack)

This preppy spring/summer look works best with a navy blazer. Start with a polo, tucked or untucked (I prefer untucked, but either can work). Roll up your blazer sleeves a bit, even cuff your pants at the ankle if you feel like it. Slim fit chinos are a must, especially when your loafers tie in to the rest of the outfit as well as these ones do.

Pro tip: when going “sockless,” wear no-show socks. The exact same look is achieved, minus the blisters and lingering stink. You’re welcome.

BLAZER LOOK #5

preppy blue blazer look polo swims Without Prejudice Charcoal Flannel Blazer with Elbow Patches: $525, Blue Industry Purple One pocket Crew Neck Knit Sweater: $105, Horst Black Ceratex Herringbone Knit Pants: $128

This is a great transitional layering outfit for fall days when you don’t quiiite need a jacket yet, or the end of winter when you’ve ditched your parka for the season. The different textures (fuzzy flannel on the blazer, herringbone pattern pants) complement well and are way comfier than you’re used to for a look this sharp. The thin crew neck sweater under the blazer gives you some flexibility on whether to button or unbutton.

Last thing — show some cuff. Having that sweater peek out from both the chest and sleeves may not be something everyone notices, but those who do will appreciate the attention to detail.

Ready to pull the trigger on your new blazer look? Our team of stylists is here to help, with private appointments and free wardrobe consultations. Book your appointment today at 416-260-9696 or info@gotstyle.ca.

Remember to bring your blazer(s) with you when you shop. Try layering them with different pieces, and see what works best for you!

NEW ARRIVALS
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Without Prejudice is undoubtably one of our prized brands. They offer great value for money and constantly deliver on their promise at being an innovative brand that’s built on quality not brand worship. For those of you who know the brand we know you get it, for those of you who don’t, we recommend you come on in and give them a try especially now that we’ve just received a brand new SS15 shipment. New this week from WP are then amazingly colourful deconstructed blazers. Great at keeping you looking cool, calm and dapper without breaking a sweat.

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Without Prejudice Hiley Linen Light Green Blazer: $650

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Without Prejudice Buckley Linen Blue Blazer: $595

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Without Prejudice Hiley Herringbone Grey Blazer: $595

Without Prejudice Hiley Seersucker Light Blue Blazer: $595

Without Prejudice Hiley Seersucker Light Blue Blazer: $595

STYLE TIPS
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No matter if you’re old or young, single or married, a man should always aim to look his best and the easiest way of doing that is by putting on a sport coat. As we’ve identified time and time again sport coats are one of the most versatile pieces in a mans wardrobe and have the ability to instantly upgrade your look. They are great at hiding your vices, making you look tall and lean and as Melissa would say “it’s always good to look better for your better half”.

PROMOTION
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In celebration of wedding season, party season, just plain looking good season we bring you our latest sale. This week only June 3rd – 7th get 30% off ALL tuxedo jackets. Tuxedo jackets are a staple in every discerning mans wardrobe and if you don’t have good one it’s time you invested. Just like patent leather shoes, you may not wear them often but when the occasion arrises (like our 10 year anniversary party #justsaying) there is no substitute.

Drop by either our Bathrust or Distillery locations to check our great selection to find one that matches your personal style.

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Fall ’14 Sport Coats For Every Occasion

Sasha Ferkul September 25, 2014

Sport coats that call to mind old-school vocabulary (think natty, snazzy and neat) are key to making fall looks modern. The appeal is obvious, blazers add ten style points to almost all attire. They also work on a technical level to layer, outsmart sloped shoulders or streamline the too-much-beer mid section. Add these accomplished pieces to every day, office and event; sport coats should be considered closet essentials.

Credits – Photography by: Ishmil Waterma * Styling By: Sharad Mohan * Words By: Sasha Ferkul * Layout By: Shaeleigh Afton * Model: Reshad (Spot 6 Management)

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[Casual] Blue Industry Jersey Sport Coat

What it does: Store those parkas a little longer. This off-duty jacket is breathable and layers like a champ, working over light knits and long sleeved tees. The unstructured silhouette assures comfort and slims problem areas. The effortless fit works with a range of physiques- no alterations necessary.

What it says: The grab-and-go piece is an uncomplicated option for those new to the blazer. Styled over chinos, denim or even slick sweats, the jacket elevates simple separates to date night status.

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[Social] Sand Plaid DB Sport Coat

What it does: DB is a bolder look, best attempted by the seasoned jacket man. A peaked lapel highlights shoulders, while the shorter cut offers a more modern appeal. Wear socially with denim to attract the right kind of attention.

What it says: The double-breasted blazer has surpassed trend; this is hardly your grandfather’s boxy jacket. When worn right, the look is high impact and informs everyone of complete sartorial confidence.

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[Business] Haight & Ashbury Paddington Sport Coat

What it does: Give the closetful of suits a much-needed break. Haight & Ash’s blazer is office smart and the ideal mixing piece; just add narrow trousers, pressed shirting and polished Oxfords.

What it says: The on-duty look distinctly channels gentleman of old. Borrowed from the best, think updated Sinatra, Bogart and Grant, the slimming cut and contrast details make this jacket contemporary.

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[Formal] Marco Nils Tweed Sport Coat

What it does: An easy fix for the vertically challenged, this event-ready sport coat hits the right spot to lengthen and delivers the sought-after angular shape- thanks to a sharp, peaked lapel.

What it says: The jacket lends formal attire an extra shot of confidence- the contrast collar and understated motif leave dull looks in the dust. This is new, new way to dress up; style with flawlessly cut separates for an evening look that outshines traditional suiting.