Shield yourself from the unsparing cold air with a cashmere cardigan that can be worn inside a blazer. It keeps you warm, and works well as a layering option to a blazer. If your blazer is in subdued tones like steel grey or black with white window patterns, then opt for a cardigan in brighter hues like apple green or tangerine. Complete the look with a printed pocket square.
The classic well-cut and snug-fitting waistcoat defines your look, and the V-shape brings the focus on your chest and fits your waist in. Tartans or plaids are huge this season and it’s certainly not a bad idea to invest in a plaid waistcoat. Wear it on a crisp white Oxford shirt and layer it with a navy blazer. It’s a bit of a conservative look, but you can add more definition to it by the addition of an antique watch or a pocket timepiece. If tartan is not your style, then opt for a monotone waistcoat and layer it with a blazer that is in the same family of colours like wearing gun metal grey with slate grey or wearing ochre with beige.
This is a great look for a polo match at the race course on a sunny afternoon or a brunch with your golfing buddies. Layer your printed blazer over a monotone classic polo shirt or a tweed blazer with a bright-coloured polo shirt. A colour-block ensemble works well for a day look. For instance, combine a navy blue blazer with a canary yellow polo shirt or layer a fruity orange T-shirt with a British military green blazer. Complete the look with a straw trilby or fedora and a pair of classic wayfarers.
For a relaxed-yet-dressy look, wear your blazer with a pair of well-tailored shorts. However, ensure that you wear the appropriate footwear—suede loafers, wingtip brogues or monk strap (worn with invisible socks) can elevate this casual-yet-slick look. Wear a T-shirt with nautical stripes or a plain V-neck inside the blazer, and pair them with shorts in contrasting colours or opt for tonal layering. If V-neck isn’t up your alley, then you can even opt for a denim shirt. Unbutton the sleeves of the blazer and fold it till the elbows. However, ensure that the shorts aren’t too baggy, as they tend to look sloppy.
Winter is all about knits. A knitted pullover or a parka underneath the blazer works beautifully. Opt for knits with a shawl collar or an asymmetrical neckline or one with details like cabling and ribbing to play up the texture. These textures add to the appeal of the blazer. This is a great look for workplace. A classic chambray shirt worn with a Windsor-knotted tie will be great additions to this look.