Craig of That Dapper Chap shares today look and follows his quest for the perfect denim blazer
The blazer is a go to item for any gent worth his salt, usually found in wool, tweed and cotton for those warmer days, and worn both casually and when the occasion calls for a smarter look. We all know the denim jacket too with is stud buttons and cropped shape. But have you ever considered a denim blazer? I have, and it took me ages to find one!
After deciding that I needed one in my life, I set about googling ‘denim blazer’ I was presented with, well, not much really. I was directed to various menswear sites, all to no avail. Plenty of denim, plenty of blazers but no denim blazers. Google Images didn’t help much either as I was sent to pages that didn’t exist or that didn’t have the same blazer.
After more searching I did find denim blazers, but they were all bleached, ripped or distressed. Not at all the look I was going for! I wanted something that looked smart, something clean and presentable. So I dropped Google and popped into Ebay, surely they would have something? And then I found it! Priced at £38.00, brand new and located in China. A click on the ‘buy it now’ button, a two three week wait and it arrived on my doorstep.
The blazer fits perfectly and is fully lined, single breasted with a two button fastening and buttons at the cuffs. I’d found my perfect denim blazer and I’m glad I spent the time searching the web for it. Now you don’t have to. I’ve done all the leg work for you!
Now what to wear it with! Going for a slightly preppy look I chose my favourite chinos and a statement shirt. You all know I’m a fan of red and blue as a colour scheme so it’ll be no surprise that that’s what I opted for! Keeping the colour scheme tight I went for a matching watch strap and belt, red socks and blue suede shoes (queue the Elvis impressions)!
I almost put on a plain navy tie, but changed my mind at the last minute. I thought the shirt may be too busy for a patterned tie, but I think this diagonal stripe knitted tie adds interest and works well. I couldn’t leave without some bead bracelets, and again kept these coordinated.
The badge is a bit of a tongue in cheek nod to the preppy, college look, and works as it adds a red accent to the big block of blue that the blazer creates. It’s for that reason that I added the red and blue silk pocket square too. So, did I make the right choice?
Where it’s all from
Blue Suede Brogues – Savile Row W1
Royal Red Cotton Socks – Cnyttan
Lawson Navy Chinos – Racing Green
Red and Blue Elasticated Leather Ended Belt – Paul Hewitt
Classic Line Watch – Paul Hewitt
Patterned Shirt – Next
Knitted Tie – Ben Sherman
Denim Blazer – Ebay Seller Storming1818
Silk Pocket Square – Paul Hewitt
‘Head Boy’ Badge – Ebay Seller mlbadgesmore
Bracelets – Hand Made
Briefcase – Vacation Purchase, Tunisia