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Five ways to wear: A textured blazer

Five ways to wear: A textured blazer

We've extolled the merits of textured blazers before, but to remind you, here's the gist: these are the best of all the blazers, because they don't look like half a suit. "We've all seen guys wearing suit jackets with jeans, which is never a good look," says Thread associate stylist Alexander McCalla. "That visual is one of the things that makes blazers more intimidating than they should be." 

If you go for a textured blazer, however, it'll work as well over a t-shirt as it will with a formal shirt and tie. And in styling this, we went for grey because it goes with every other colour, including dark grey. Navy blazers, on the other hand, can look a bit odd with blue trousers, including indigo jeans.

Below, Alexander explains when (and why) a range of textured-blazer-centric outfits work well.

1. When you're keen to wear colour

Outfit: Grey textured blazer with a green jumper, polo shirt or t-shirt

Why this works: "Before you even think it, we're not advocating wearing all of the green clothes here at once! The point is that grey goes with every other colour, and textured blazers are particularly easy to match with coloured jumpers or t-shirts. Here's why: whereas suit jackets are flat and solid-coloured, which makes them contrast starkly with coloured clothes, textured blazers' mottled colour and dimensionality keep the contrast from jarring." 

Photographed: Oliver Spencer grey blazer (£349), Whistles sweater (£75), Polo Ralph Lauren sweat (£99), Whistles khaki polo (£45), YMC flame tee (£70), Rag & Bone khaki tee (£65), Gant green tie (£50) 

2. When you're sick of your suit

Outfit: Grey textured blazer, white shirt, knitted tie, black chinos, black leather brogues

Why this works: "Whether you're going to a wedding, a job interview or just the office, this combination is a nice break from your usual suit. It takes more thought than just throwing on your suit, and that shows. It also ticks all the boxes your suit does—jacket, smart trousers, formal shirt, tie and lace-up shoes—but it's a notch more relaxed because each piece is more casual, even the nonshiny tie. Going for black shoes over brown makes this much sharper."

Photographed: Oliver Spencer grey blazer (£349), Mr Start white shirt (£110), Gant green tie (£50), Jigsaw grey trousers (£109)

3. When the dress code's smart casual

Outfit: Grey textured blazer, white Oxford shirt, navy chinos, leather boots

Why this works: "As a rule, textured fabrics are more relaxed than shiny materials. So if you're going for a style between smart and casual, the textured blazer is always your best bet. This outfit would look good at a relaxed meeting, a nicer party (such as a christening or engagement party) or a dinner date. And it would also work well if you swapped the chinos for jeans."

Photographed: Oliver Spencer grey blazer (£349), Norse Projects navy chinos (£100), Gitman white Oxford shirt (£145)

4. When the dress code's smart casual—but you want to break the mould

Outfit: Grey textured blazer, navy waistcoat, white shirt, grey knitted tie, navy chinos

Why this works: "Add a waistcoat! It has the potential to make your smart-casual clothes sharper and more stylish. Just make sure your waistcoat's textured, too (unfortunately you can't just use your suit's waistcoat) and in a different colour from your blazer."

Photographed: Oliver Spencer grey blazer (£349), Oliver Spencer navy waistcoat (£179), Mr Start white shirt (£110), Gant green tie (£50), Norse Projects navy chinos (£100)

5. When you might need to look sharper at the last minute

Outfit: Grey textured blazer, chambray shirt, navy chinos, brogue boots

Why this works: "A blazer like this one is the best kind to have hanging in your office in case a client meeting or a nicer dinner date pops up. Even if you're dressed quite casually—in jeans or chinos and a chambray shirt—you can smarten up just by throwing the blazer on top. Make sure you're wearing leather shoes, anything from boots like the ones here to sleek, minimal trainers."

Photographed: Oliver Spencer grey blazer (£349), Oliver Spencer chambray shirt (£99), Norse Projects navy chinos (£100)