A Guide to Matching Men’s Blazers and Pants
When it comes to matching men’s blazers and pants, most guys play it pretty safe, or don’t play it at all and just wear suits. After all, there is a certain elegance to a coordinated outfit like a suit. But with so many men dressing for business casual offices, stylish men are learning to dress up without relying solely on suits.
We’ve covered matching pants and jackets for the business casual office, now we’re doing the work for you. Below we’ll show you how we matched up men’s blazers and pants to make some killer combinations.
Look 1: Lighten Up
When it comes to pants, most men limit themselves to dark colors. Stand out in a sea of black and dark gray by pairing a dark blue jacket with a pair of light gray pants. This unexpected twist livens up your whole look and serves to highlight the subtle personality of this blazer.
Let us not overlook how stylish this blazer is. Few men’s blazers combine luxury fabric (this one’s a wool-cashmere blend) with versatile style like this one. The cashmere makes it feel special while the traditional navy blue color with windowpane pattern makes this a jacket you can wear once a week all through the cooler months. Mix things up by wearing some alternative pairs of pants like chinos in khaki or burgundy as well as dark blue jeans.
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Top It Off
The finishing touches for this look play up the shades of red in the blazer’s windowpane. To make this jacket’s pattern stand out you can pair it with a maroon tie like we did here. And for some added color, you can put on your favorite pair of oxblood dress shoes to bring the whole look together.
Look 2: Bring Brown to Town
Back in the day, men’s blazers were worn by members of the clubs that competed in regattas and signaled the refinement and class of the wearer. Jackets that were brown were considered more rustic than the jackets you would find on the banks of Thames cheering on Oxford. The no brown in town rule kept sophisticated urbanites from wearing so-called “sport jackets” in the city. But those days are over.
Today, men’s blazers of all types can qualify for the description of fashionable and urbane if you wear them well. Take this outfit where the blazer’s subtle pattern take center stage by pairing it with solid navy dress slacks. The result is the foundation of an extremely wearable outfit. The neutral color combination works for just about any skin tone and hair color. The subtle contrast between the blazer and pants colors means this outfit won’t cut you in half visually. That makes this combination very forgiving to all body types. So whether you’re long-legged and tall, short and stocky or anywhere in between, you can pull this one off.
Bring It All Together
During the day this look is office ready when paired with a solid white shirt, and a solid knit tie like we’ve put together here. Got a dinner date after work? Drop the tie and you’ll be ready to make an impression. When an outfit’s got this many solids in it, the shoes will get a bit more attention, so step it up and wear your best pair of browns (well-polished, of course).
Look 3: Turn up the Base
Like it’s underrated homophone, the bass guitar, the base color of patterned men’s blazers is an often overlooked element of the whole. Refined men of style know how to amplify these elements. The choice of charcoal pants accentuates the base color of this gray jacket on which the windowpane pattern lies.
Let this be a lesson to you when you pair any blazer and pants. Most stylish men’s blazers have some understated element that you can play up. Whether it’s a quiet color, a bit of texture, or a subtle detail like accent stitching on the cuff, there’s usually some cue that can inspire a great choice for a matching pair of pants.
Finish The Look
Since this outfit accentuates the neutral base of this outfit, you can feel free to emphasize the accent colors of this outfit with accessories. Here we kept things pretty tame down low with dark brown shoes and navy socks. Then we tied everything together with a full dose of bright color in the purple knit tie. The result is a balanced, eye-catching outfit that can seamlessly introduce a bit of color to your look.
All of the jacket and pants combinations you see above, can be found at BlackLapel.com
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