Do you have an important interview coming up or an elegant party to attend? Or do you simply fancy sporting a new image to welcome the spring season? Either way, if you want people to start taking you more seriously and generally regarding you more highly, you must ensure you have an up-to-date blazer in order to assert your authority.
Being ‘up-to-date’ however currently carries a hefty price tag. Since the likes of David Beckham, Jay-Z, along with a multitude of other renowned celebrities, have been seen wearing fancy attire, the appeal of Haute Couture men’s blazers has gone through the roof. Whether celebs are appearing at film premières and sashaying down the red carpet or are simply being spotted on the high street; the smart casual look seems to be dominating these idealised individuals of late.
So, if you want the dress sense of a celebrity and, in turn, the respect of one, you need to be sure to spend like one of them too! It may seem extravagant but image is exceptionally important in this day and age. You need to show prospective employers you mean business and exude confidence and charisma to friends along with acquaintances.
You could go on an expensive and time consuming confidence boosting course or even hire a pricey life coach. It may be easier though to simply trick your posture into appearing more upright with the aid of a good jacket… I know what option I’d choose!
To give you some help in selecting your perfect style of ‘faux confidence’, I have put together a range of blazers and matched them to some of the top end watches currently on the market. Simply pick the timepiece that you would most likely wear and voila – the perfect bank busting garment will follow; enjoy!
The watch: Movado Men’s Luno Sports
Currently on the market is the highly desirable, Movado 606378 Luno Sport watch. It features a two-tone stainless steel case and link bracelet, with the famous Movado black Museum dial and sculpted motif at 12 o’clock with minute reflector ring for up to the minute accuracy even without digits. The watch runs on a Swiss quartz movement
The blazer: Loro Piana Cashmere Silk-blend Packaway
If you’re a fan of all things minimal and futuristic and adore clean cut, sleek designs, the perfect jacket to take you through from evening to night presents itself in the form of Loro Piana’s unstructured cashmere and silk-blend packaway blazer. The light grey, tailored jacket incorporates two buttons in the centre front which adds figure-hugging-structure to the piece. The colourations of the item blend seamlessly with the futuristic appeal of Movado’s heavy use of stainless steel yet simultaneously allow its black façade to stand out against the outfit. At £2,195 the look doesn’t come cheap but at least the garment is versatile. The blazer isn’t just for stereotypical use in formal situations but can be played down with T-shirts and teamed with jeans and chinos for every day wear. To reiterate the point of versatility that Piana employs, the jacket comes with a handy bag that can be used to ‘packaway’ the blazer as the name suggests.
The watch: Frederique Constant FC-303MC3P6 Classics Automatic
Men who prefer to look the part of a ‘typical’ business man as opposed to conforming to the new norm of trendy entrepreneurs, may be drawn towards a timepiece by Frederique Constant. The Men’s FC-303MC3P6 Classics Automatic Stainless-Steel Watch. The Frédérique Constant Classics Range consists of some of the evergreens in the excellent Frederique Constant collection. These timepieces include the latest technology, while maintaining their same successful, stylish and clean designs. The Frederque Constant Classics: a tribute to fine Geneva Watchmaking, uniting style, elegance and high quality at sensible prices.It incorporates a regulated leather strap and buckle, stainless steel casing, a silver dial and, to add classical flair, with Roman numerals on the face.
The blazer: Kolor’s Double-Layered Cotton-Blend
In order to retain and enhance such a classic appearance in the 21st century; I would recommend Kolor’s Double-Layered Cotton-Blend Blazer. The jacket has a classic pin striped appeal but, in contrast, has more modernised, contrasting knitted lining that is visible both at the waist and along the garment’s lapels. The double breasted exterior of the blazer however, brings this controversial twist firmly back into the formal realm. If you’re seeking something that’s up there in grandeur with a Tux but suited to more frequent wear, you need look no further. Kolor’s garment comes in at an almost eye watering £1,090, but if you want to portray yourself as a wealthy gentlemen, this amount of money begins to sound much more reasonable.
The watch: Baume & Mercier 8779 Riviera Divers Automatic
Finally, if you are a man that appreciates a bit of colour in his watch and likes a style that isn’t designed with predictable grey, brown and black hues, you might consider Baume & Mercier 8779 Riviera Diver. The watch incorporates modern elements as well as classical aspects in order to satisfy the needs of a man who doesn’t want to appear too flash yet equally doesn’t want to seem too outdated. Features include a blue unidirectional rotating bezel with 60-minute diving scale, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, superluminova coated hour markers and indexes and hour, minute and second hands; date at the 6 o’clock position, a Swiss automatic movement and the watch is water-resistant to 660 feet (200 M).
The blazer: MP di Massimo Piombo’s Slim-fit Unstructured Slub Linen
An injection of colour such as this would suit a potentially less formal style of jacket, which although may be less classic in colour, still conforms to the traditional structure of a formal suit. An example of such a harmonious compromise is MP DI Massimo Piombo’s Slim-fit Unstructured Slub Linen Blazer which is priced at a suitably upmarket £1,085. This navy blue blazer appears somewhat denim-like on first inspection matching the smart/casual tone exuded by the Riviera Diver’s watch.
Being unstructured, this Italian made jacket is only half lined, though this is not in order to skimp on quality and materials, it’s designed this way to give the jacket more drape. Not only is the blazer modern in terms of its hue but also in terms of its tailored fit and elegant cut.
So there you have it; a list of the best blazers currently on the market. Please note: your new found fulfilment may be cut short once your other half receives next month’s bank statement.