Go­ing Hy­brid

Cel­e­brat­ing the ver­sa­til­ity of the blazer, Dun­hill shows us how this wardrobe sta­ple can be both for­mal and ca­sual. By Dewey Sim

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Don­ning an out­fit with a good blend of prim for­mal­ity and playful fun can give you the con­fi­dence to be at your best in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. This self-as­sur­ance is ex­actly what Bri­tish lux­ury menswear la­bel Dun­hill aims to be­stow with its Spring/sum­mer 2016 col­lec­tion, as it cel­e­brates the el­e­gance, time­less­ness, and ver­sa­til­ity of a Bri­tish wardrobe clas­sic: the navy blazer.

Recog­nis­ing the ec­cen­tric­ity among English men that is of­ten over­looked, the Dun­hill blazer em­bod­ies the eclec­tic Bri­tish style of mix­ing dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of gar­ments to­gether. The blazer is more than a piece of tra­di­tional cos­tume; it speaks of an in­di­vid­ual’s at­ti­tude and per­son­al­ity through the el­e­gant pat­terns and down to sub­tle de­tails like the choice of but­tons, as well as how you choose to ac­ces­sorise in terms of ties or pocket squares. While it shouldn’t be seen as a sub­sti­tute for a suit, es­pe­cially since it should be matched with a pair of trousers of a dif­fer­ent fab­ric, the navy blazer is a jacket that has man­aged to fill the void be­tween a busi­ness suit and a ca­sual out­fit.

This ver­sa­til­ity is demon­strated in Dun­hill’s col­lec­tion this sea­son, which matches the blazer to dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions to cre­ate for­mal, ca­sual, or week­end looks. Com­ple­ment the blazer with a be­spoke shirt and a silk tie to ex­ude con­fi­dence and poise at work and of­fi­cial events. If you’re go­ing for a more laid­back and ca­sual look, wear a khaki or light- coloured shirt or polo shirt. In rainy weather, you can even throw on a rac­ing green rain­coat to com­plete the look! Mean­while, you can achieve the per­fect spring/ sum­mer week­end look by wear­ing the blazer on top of a knit­ted polo shirt and your favourite pair of jeans. This makes for a com­fort­able out­fit while re­tain­ing a touch of tai­lored struc­ture and dap­per mas­culin­ity.

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