Looking for that high summer style? Look no further than the linen blazer. The midpoint between polished and casual, a linen blazer is your golden ticket to looking sharp and staying cool despite the sweltering weather outside.
- Pure linen seems to attract creases. This is fine if you’re donning the blazer for a casual weekend bevvie, but if you’re looking for something more formal (work, events etc), we suggest opting for a linen blend (mixed with a low percentage of wool or cotton) that will stave off the creases for that all important meeting.
- As with buying all blazers, the same rules about fit apply. Ensure the shoulder lies flat and that the hem of the jacket finishes at the middle of your hand (measured when your arms are relaxed by your side). The sleeves should end just above your wrist so there is a small amount of shirt cuff visible underneath.
- Avoid double breasted styles as these are too formal for the laid back appeal of a linen blazer. A two button closure, tailored fit and notched lapels is exactly what you should be looking for.
Amp it up
Linen blazers aren’t just made for weekends on the harbour with champagne and seafood baskets. A darker linen blazer is a workwear staple for the warmer months and can be deconstructed for Friday night events.
Pair beige chinos with chestnut brogues, a navy linen blazer and a light blue cotton shirt for a crisp, modern look that is perfect for the office.
Given softer look of linen blazers, it’s all about pairing the right kind of tones. We suggest matching de-saturated colours like red and blue with neutral for a fresh yet formal look.
For example, think cream chinos, a taupe linen blazer, light blue shirt and salmon coloured tie for a pop of colour.
Tone it back
Cheers to the weekend! Linen blazers are made for the weekend like sleep-ins and beers on a Sunday.
We’re fans of a smart-casual nautical look for weekend events; so pair a light blue linen blazer with salmon chino shorts, dark brown boat shoes and a white and grey striped tee. Topping it all off with a straw fedora is a great way to finish.
If you’re in need of something a little smarter, a white polo shirt, steely-blue blazer and taupe chinos are the way to go. Adding a chestnut belt and finishing off with navy velvet loafers will make you feel like you’re on your way to Monte Carlo.
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Find the middle ground
Not sure what the day has in store for you? If you’re going from work to Friday night drinks, or from brunch to beer, a linen blazer will ensure you look ready for any event.
Keep is simple with a beige blazer, beige chino shorts and a white/blue gingham check shirt for a pop of colour and patterning to break it all up. You can smarten the look with a chocolate brown belt and matching boat shoes.
When dressing for two events at once, it helps to choose clothing that can be easily altered for a completely different look. For example, grey-blue chinos with loafers, a plain mocha coloured shirt and a beige blazer is perfect for work. Simply cuff the chinos, unbutton the top button of the shirt and roll the sleeves of the blazer for a more casual post-work style.