As summer transitions into a cooled down fall it’s crucial for men to have an equally transitional staple in their closet: the blazer or sports jacket. While blazers have been hugging the dapper shoulders of gentlemen for years, you don’t have to be a young Oxford undergrad to enjoy this versatile piece. Similarly, you don’t have to don a matching pair of slacks with your sports jacket in order to rock this getup; a sports jacket is not a suit and as the name implies, it’s meant to be played in.
Although I am a bit sad to write this last summer article for CollegeFashionista (because then I have to admit that this season is, in fact, winding down), I am absolutely thrilled to post my first Fashionisto. This gentlemen wears a navy sports jacket and pairs this with a multi-colored, plaid button-down. He then adds a pair of dark, fitted jeans that are cuffed to perfection and pulls together his ensemble with a rich, dark brown belt. He accessorizes his outfit with a pair of crisp, white high-top converse, glasses and a silver bracelet to complete his look.
If you would emulate this Fashionisto’s ensemble, the key is to invest in a great sports jacket or blazer that can easily be transitioned from the office to a date to a night on the town. Choose sports jackets that are neutrally-hued such as brown, black, gray or navy and avoid a more structured jacket with defined shoulder pads for an exceptionally versatile statement piece. Check out retail outlets like Topman, H&M or Merona for Target for great blazers and sports jackets that won’t have you breaking bank, or shop Banana Republic for a slightly pricier selection.
As summer 2013 is winding down, now is the time to invest in a great blazer or sports jacket that can serve as a statement in your wardrobe and can be easily transitioned throughout the upcoming chillier seasons. Whether you choose to keep it casual with a concert tee, dress it up with a button-down or prep up your look with a fitted sweater underneath your sports jacket, become a trailblazer with this statement item.