Now that we’re through the worst of winter and the weather is improving (at last for now), it’s time to start thinking about the ways in which you can develop your spring wardrobe. The natural place to start is with a lighter, trimmer blazer or two – nothing formal, mind – we’re talking the kind of jacket you could throw on with anything from a thick denim button-down on a chilly morning, to a breezy Breton T-shirt when it warms up. Here are the smartest blazers we’ve seen this season.
Polo Ralph Lauren slim fit jacket
This easy-wearing number from Polo Ralph Lauren is made in Italy and cut on the brand’s signature ‘Morgan’ block. The Morgan is a semi-canvassed jacket with natural shoulders and a shortish length – perfect for pairing with chinos and jeans on relaxed days. The cloth is a lightweight cotton drill that’s been garment-dyed for a lived-in feel, and in a classic shade of tan this will look sharp dressed with a classic sky blue shirt and tapered indigo denim jeans. Note the half-lining too, which helps it to breathe in the heat.
Lardini Prince of Wales check jacket
This number is a Prince of Wales checked jacket with a twist. It’s cut from a superior Italian blend of wool, silk and linen, which makes for the perfect between-season fabric. It’s not as heavy or thick as pure wool worsted, but not so thin as a fine linen. The colours in it are clever too. Normally, Prince of Wales check is pure black and white with a blue overcheck, but this jacket has an altogether softer look with a subtle shade of ecru replacing the white in the check and a dusty pink replaced the conventional blue. It’s colours are perfect for the warmer months to come, but remain versatile. Try this with a black rollneck now and a soft pink Oxford shirt in a few months time.
Camoshita double-breasted linen blazer
Camoshita’s penchant for mid-century design strikes again. This sleek navy blazer is cut from hefty Irish linen for summer, and tailored with a ‘one by two’ button-stance, which means it has one button to fasten at the hip, with a further button as a ‘show button’ on each side of the chest. With its unusual cut, it harks back to long, lithe blazers of the 1950s – a Camoshita speciality. A shorter length, patch pockets and slim peaked lapels update it for today. Try it with a sky blue linen pop-over shirt and simple sand-coloured chinos for a chic new season look.
Boglioli corduroy blazer
Boglioli’s tailoring is as relaxed as can be, and while this jacket’s a striking colour, it’s not a difficult thing to pull off. The corduroy itself (this is called elephant cord, by the way, on account of its thick stripes) is muted, burnt orange tone and the unstructured, unlined style is so unfussy it’s almost cardigan-like to wear. Note also the ‘barchetta’ breast pocket – a pocket with a curved welt – a southern Italian signature. All you need with this is a soft white button-down, dark knitted tie and midnight blue tapered chinos. Job done. With anything like this, let the jacket do the talking.
Gant club blazer
A preppy staple, this season Gant has reinvented the timeless brass-buttoned blazer in this vivid shade of ‘collegiate’ green. It’s cut from a lightweight wool hopsack that is designed to breathe comfortably and resist creasing – making this a smart-choice for travel. It’s half-lined to keep it nice and airy too. Try this when classic navy won’t cut it with a striped button-down, pleated chinos and snuff suede loafers for a look that nods faithfully to American mid-century prep. The best part? It’s in the sale.
£130 (was £325), gant.co.uk