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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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Break free from those winter blues and step into Spring with our latest selection of new arrivals from some of your favourite brands like Sand Copenhagen, Lab, Tiger of Sweden, Strellson, Blue Industry and Oscar of Sweden. These vibrant sport coats and suits offer a great spectrum of options for both work and social wear. From bold windowpane checks to botanical prints, these pieces are sure to liven up any mans wardrobe.

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Lab windowpane super 130 suit: $1195 Stenstroms floral shirt: $249 Seaward and Stern tie: $150

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Tiger of Sweden Green Suit: $849 Amanda Christensen pocket square: $45

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Tiger of Sweden Red Evertt Barbaris Suit: $899 Tiger of Sweden Black Denzel Tuxedo Shirt: $229

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Strellson Cotton Pick Stitch Suit: $698 Amanda Christensen Pocket Square: $45 Gotstyle Micro Houndstooth Shirt: $165

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Oscar of Sweden Micro Hearts Shirt: Sand Ringo Light Blue Suit: Seaward and Stearn Printed Tie: $150

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Tiger of Sweden Nedvin Birdseye Suit: $899 Doro lapel pin: $19

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Van Gils Ellis Floral Print Blazer: $595

 

PROMOTIONS
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Unlike other retailers, Sale season at Gotstyle isn’t about ugly leftovers it’s about giving our clients quality merchandise at unbeatable prices. Zanerobe, Tiger of Sweden, Strellson, Moods of Norway, these are just some of the brands that are currently on sale. And to top it off, we’re giving you an additional 20% off all sale merchandise! If that ain’t a deal, we don’t know what is. To show you exactly how incredible this promo is we got our stylists to put together some of their favourite Sale outfits to give a glimpse into our amazing selection. 

  • Staff-picks-sale-outfit-Casual Rella Scotts Cuff Hat Wool/Cashmere Original $59 Now $33.04
  • Lyle & Scott Wool Blend Jacket: Original $295 Now $165.60
  • Johnny Love Cotton Flannel Shirt: Original $199 Now $112
  • Zanerobe Sureshot Chino: Original $130 Now $72.80
  • Base London Cook Fur Lined Casual Hiking Boot: Original $248 Now $138.88 Staff-picks-sale-outfit-Social
  • Tiger of Sweden Shirt: Original $149 Now $83.44
  • Hilton Wool Blend Coat: Original $478 Now $267.68
  • Tiger of Sweden Merino Wool Crew Neck Sweater: Original $169 Now $94.64
  • Hudson Fenway leather boot: Original $268 Now $150.08
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  • Moods of Norway Stein Tonning Wool Jacket: Original $449 Now 287.36
  • Tiger of Sweden Denzel Mini Dot Shirt: Original $199 Now 111.44
  • Strellson Pindot Virgin Wool Pants: Original $198 Now $110.88
  • Prime Shoes Patent Leather Shoes: Original $475 Now $266
PROMOTION
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It’s holiday time (and sale season) and we want to help you get your suit on. Festive parties, Christmas, New Years, Church, Hanukkah, meeting the parents – you know you’re gonna need it. For one day only (November 28th, 2014), our unreal collection of modern suiting from Strellson, Eidos Napoli, Without Prejudice, Tiger of Sweden, Paul Betenly, Tombolini and more, will ALL be 30% off. We know, it’s completely insane. It’ll probably never happen again which is why we’re extending our in-store hours to 9am – 9pm to give you ample amount of time to drop in. For those of you not in Toronto don’t worry, our Black Friday sale is applicable online as well. Happy shopping!

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STYLE TIPS
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“If there is one consistent expression of a man’s sartorial acumen, it’s the way in which he pairs his shirt with his tie.” – Esquire

Colours, prints and patterns can be confusing on a regular day, so when it comes down to mixing them together, you can only imagine the sheer chaos. Learning to successfully match your shirts and ties is an undeniable art, fortunately, it’s one you can easily learn. Getting creative with your shirt and tie combinations is a great way to showcase your personal style and to separate yourself from your peers- especially if you work in an industry that requires you to wear one 5-days a week.

To get you started here are 5 tips and tricks you can employ to help you navigate this realm:

  1. Your tie (typically) should always be darker than your shirt
  2. Match a detail in the tie with the dominant colour of the shirt
  3. Always pair larger patterns with smaller ones. Avoid mixing patterns that have identical proportions
  4. Vary pattern type. Avoid having the same pattern appear in both your shirt and your tie
  5. When outfitting with a suit or blazer- ensure that 2 of the 3 items have the same colour scheme
SHIRT-AND-TIE-STRIPES

Tiger of Sweden Steel Stripe Shirt (Blue & Brown): $159 Stenstroms Fine Stripe Dress Shirt: $249 Seaward & Stern Printed Ties: $150/each

SHIRT-AND-TIE-CASUALS

Johnny Love Cross Check Flannel Shirt: $199 Benson Pattern Shirt: $125 Ted Baker Flannel Shirt: $195 Amanda Christensen Tie: $95/each

SHIRT-AND-TIE-PRINTS

Oscar Of Sweden Floral Print Shirt: $189 Strellson Quentin-C Houndstooth Dress Shirt: $178 Ted Baker Small Floral Print Shirt: $195 Amanda Christensen Tie: $95/each

SHIRT-AND-TIE-SOLIDS

Mastai Ferretti Paolo Verri End-On-End Dress Shirt: $135 Horst Dress Shirt

SHIRT-AND-TIE-CHECKS

Gotstyle Private Label Plaid Check Shirt: $165 Amanda Christensen Tie: 95 Gotstyle Top Twill Grid Check Dress Shirt: $165 Seaward & Stern Tie: $150 Stenstroms Mini Check Dress Shirt: $249

Staff Picks
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Celebrity Style Makeover

September 9, 2014

We love celebrities and quite possibly the only thing we love more than them is what they wear. Celebrity style has been a phenomenon in the women’s market for decades and is an obvious trend that is transitioning towards men. North American men have finally started taking a vested interest in the way they dress a trend that can be attributed to one single fact, the male celebrities they admire.

With the Toronto Film Festival in full swing, celebrity sightings have become common place. From Bill Murray joyriding about town on his bicycle to Adam Sandler grabbing a bite at the Thompson Dinner, A-list celebrities are everywhere and so are the paparazzi that stalk them.

With candid celebrity street style photos popping up daily we thought it would be interesting to approach the topic of style from the other side. We reached out to some of our in-house style experts to pick a celebrity they love and then an outfit that they’d love to style them in. From Denzel Washington to Chris Evans, here’s what they came up with.

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