The blazer is a fundamental garment when putting together looks based on separates – non-matching jacket and trousers. This sort of outfit is incredibly versatile, propelling an informal look up to the status of smart casual. Boggi Milano’s Fall/Winter 2018-19 collection focuses on this sort of versatility, as in the example of a streetwise hoodie worn with a pair of jeans. Add a mid-blue blazer and it becomes something completely different. As the season gets colder, you can simply add layers to create a look of character, adding a sweater and a white jersey T-shirt underneath. Footwear is important in defining the position of the look on the scale from casual to formal: sneakers underline a relaxed approach, while brogues push the style towards the smart casual. A pocket square has the same effect, as well as providing a personal touch.
Dark blue jacket, white chinos
Some of the classic colour combinations for outfits featuring blazers are based on contrasts, so that the colours of blazer and trousers are sufficiently different, and are coordinated with other elements such as shirt, belt and footwear. In the look shown below, the blazer stands out not only for its colour, but also for the intriguing texture created by the specks of Royal Blue on the dark blue base fabric. Flap pockets and immaculate tailoring give it sharp style, enhanced by the blue shirt and the white bull cotton trousers.
Grey is a colour that expresses sophistication, and a whole series of different greys can be used to create a look of pleasant complexity, enhanced by different textures. In this example, all the garments are in wool, with the micro-houndstooth texture of the blazer, a wool blend turtle-neck sweater, Donegal stretch wool tweed trousers, and a patterned bouclé wool scarf.
The vivid pattern of this brown and grey check knitted blazer in stretch wool creates a look of eye-catching style, and it is a perfect match for the colour of the cashmere crew-neck jumper and the overdyed stretch drill trousers. The colours of the blazer comprise all those in the other elements, with jumper, belt and sneakers all in matching brown. The result is a stylish, complex outfit ideal for work and leisure occasions.
Blazer and hoodie
The theme of the Boggi Milano Fall/Winter 2018-19 collection is the Sporty Gentleman, a fusion between classic style and sportswear elements, and this outfit provides a good example, with the hoodie worn under the blue Bari-cut blazer in pure wool. An extra layer of complexity is provided by the white cotton jersey Henley that can be glimpsed at the neck, and the bi-material belt and sneakers, both in a combination of leather and wool. A pair of stretch denims continues the naturally casual look.
The type of fabric used for a garment does a lot to determine its overall character, as in the case of this superb hopsack blazer made in luxurious wool-silk material woven by Vitale Barberis Canonico. The unique texture of the hopsack provides a contrast to the smoothness of the cashmere crew-neck jumper and the flannel trousers. Extra contemporary fascination is provided by the drawstring trouser fastening – another example of the Sporty Gentleman theme – and the horizontal stripe across the chest of the jumper, a simple geometric motif that heightens the wearer’s physique.