3 Ways to Wear a Lightweight Blazer
to Wear a Lightweight Blazer
With menswear master Sid Mashburn
There are a handful of menswear essentials that guys need to build their “never go out of style” wardrobe foundation. A great navy blazer is definitely one of them. Sure, they come a dime a dozen these days, but it's the finite details that really make a difference. Not to mention the way you wear it. The benefit of a lightweight version is that it's an all-season layer that'll breathe a bit better and follow your natural shape—besides looking great, it will feel less restricting.
Sid Mashburn is a master of classic menswear and has made a well-fitting navy blazer part of his signature look. His recent reinterpretation is dubbed 'The Ghost Blazer'. It features a two-ply high-twist wool from England that's completely unstructured and finished with buttons crafted from unlacquered brass. The details of the pockets cannot go unnoticed as they're designed so that you can tuck in the flaps (without looking like you just tucked in the flaps) for a more open look. The fit of the blazer is slim but not too tight, and it's so light and unrestricted, you'll feel like you're not wearing a jacket—hence the 'ghost' moniker. Sid says of the versatile jacket, “The most elegant man in the world could wear it and a guy in a t-shirt could wear it.”
And he's right. The jacket has been so popular that they're currently sold out on their website (don't worry, they're currently manufacturing more, so get your pre-order in now). Speaking of the site, sidmashburn.com just had a handsome refresh. “We've always wanted our online experience to be an extension of our brick-and-mortar shops ... a place to be, not just to buy,” Sid tell us. “We want to make the site an uncomplicated shopping experience for the customer, and hopefully one that gives a little bit of inspiration, storytelling, and warmth while we're at it.” Who better to pull together three ways to wear a lightweight blazer than the man who made the perfect one?
3 Ways to Weara Lightweight Blazer
“Weddings are back in full swing, we can hardly keep tuxedos in stock. And while the 'Ghost' is the most unconstructed and most pared-down navy blazer we make, it is super-elegant when you dress it up a bit. Pair it with a sharp spread collar dress shirt, dark tie, charcoal trousers and proper dress shoes. You'll quietly be one of the best dressed guys in the room.”
“I always love wearing a blazer on the plane ... it adds a bit of polish to what I'm wearing, and you never know who you are gonna bump into. Plus the jacket pockets provide some utility for things like pens and passports and wallets. Lose the tie, switch to a subtle pattern shirt, and go with dark denim and tassel loafers (my default travel shoe—they go with everything).”
“Part of the beauty of the 'Ghost' is that it's beautifully breathable. I mean if you hold it up to the light you can see through it! So it will automatically keep you cooler just based on that fact alone. And it can easily be dialed down for the beach trip or porch parties. Throw it on over a polo with some light jeans and low-profile sneakers and head out the door. Add a colorful beaded belt and a pair of shades and you should be ready to roll.”
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