Monday, 16 July 2012
How to wear a navy blazer
So, here I am on the High Line in New York, earlier this year. Thought it was about time I showed my face again. It's been a while. Mainly because, as I've mentioned before, I don't like having my photo taken. Which is probably why I'm squinting. Or maybe the sun was in my eyes. Believe me, after three months of persistent rainfall, I've completely forgotten what that feels like. Actually, who am I trying to kid? Those lines are a permanent fixture. That's what forty-something-without-Botox looks like.
I'd show you a photo of me in Cornwall but there's not much to say about an old kagoule and walking boots. Anyhow. If the Great British summer had not been replaced by a monsoon season, I'd probably be dressed something like this: navy Paul Smith blazer, Gap broken-in chinos, my favourite Church's boots and the Blog Widower's scarf.
So, obviously as soon as I'd found the perfect summer jacket, the weather made like a post-budget George Osborne and took a U-turn. But having worn the blazer briefly, back in March, this is what I know:
1. The navy blazer works well given an androgynous edge. Try slim navy trousers or coloured chinos teamed with flat shoes/boots - or add a casual spin with a pair of Liberty Nike Air Max.
2. The navy blazer looks wrong with denim jeans. Too Sloaney. I've tried it. Once. In my bedroom. And I couldn't get the jeans off quickly enough. Pictures of Naomi Watts as Diana confirm that this is not a good look. And no woman (or man) wants to look like Jeremy Clarkson.
3. On hot summer days the navy blazer looks chic with slim white jeans. As long as the proportions are right. And the general feel is relaxed. Try a mannish jacket with rolled-up sleeves, an open-necked shirt and embellished sandals. The aim is to look like Ines de la Fressange, not Pippa Middleton.
How would you wear a navy blazer?