There’s nothing more exciting than a defiant Fashionisto. These bad boys of fashion will have your heads spinning with their risk-taking ensembles and cool demeanor. Less than obedient to the fashion “rule book,” they will use the pages to wipe the scuffs off their wing-tipped oxfords when they’re done. Fashion police? Oh please!
This Fashionisto’s supposed crime: wearing a hoodie under a blazer. Hailed as one of the “Sins of Style,” the hoodie-blazer combo has long been scrutinized by fashion critics everywhere. But this Fashionisto brilliantly finds a way to make the look work. He does this by turning this concept completely on its head.
First, instead of wearing a regular hooded sweatshirt, he opted for a zip front hoodie instead, which he wore unzipped. This allowed him to layer with a white V-neck shirt underneath.
The Fashionisto also opted for a blazer made out of sweatshirt material, which allows for comfort while still maintaining the structure and style of a conventional blazer. Also, by doing this, he lessened the extent of the business versus casual dichotomy can be overwhelmingly obvious in the hoodie-blazer combo.
As for the bottom, This Fashionisto wore a pair of fitted, dark-washed denim jeans. Following the trend among other Fashionistos this fall, he cuffed his jeans at the ankle to reveal playful socks. What’s more, while he could easily have gone for a more casual look by wearing a backpack and canvas sneakers, he added surprising twist to the look by wearing a pair of camel wing-tipped oxfords and a versatile maroon tote from Jack Wills. Finally, he accessorized with a multitude of jelly bracelets and rings and a leather wrap Fossil watch, and finished off with a a paisley-print handkerchief to add the “business” in business-casual.
What a smooth criminal!
Hint: When attempting the hoodie-blazer combo, it is important to recognize that there are certain rules that apply. A hoodie-blazer combo, in which one or both of the pieces are oversized, adds unwanted bulkiness. Instead, try a slimming fit for the blazer and hoodie. Neat and fitting bottoms are also a must; in other words, unless you are purposefully trying to achieve the unruly look, this is not the best outfit for your ripped, acid washed denim.
For the hoodie-blazer combo done right, pair a V-neck shirt with a solid zip-front hoodie and layer with a blazer. (American Apparel has a great collection of solid hoodies!) Remember to cuff the sleeves of your hoodie so that they do not show underneath those of the blazer. Pair this with fitting jeans and wing-tipped oxfords and a leather satchel bag, and voìla!