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