To me, the three-buttoned blazer is a wardrobe staple, just as much as good tinned tomatoes are to the pantry. It’s something you can pair with a plain shirt and some comfy bottoms to give you a not-too-overdressed-yet-very-smart looking ensemble. I like to do up the middle button, not the top or bottom, and let a belt and little shirt-age show through. If the occasion is right, I’ll even sneak in a vest to show a little more colour and texture to the world, just like I do with my socks. Why? because it’s a bit of fun. Add a wrinkled pocket square, not folded but twisted into a flower to your outside breast pocket, and pick a sprig of holly to pin to your jacket lapel. Here in Oxford, I’m seeing many-a-holly bush line people’s front gardens, dotted with those nostalgic red berries and I can’t help myself from stealing a sprig to wear in anticipation for the end of the year. ‘Just too keen on the mellow colours, smell of maple, and sweet taste of the Autumn air… but this is coming from a gal that’s a big fat softy for the changing seasons.
This week I’m in Great Britain to explore the W’Menswear scene, eat some tasty food (like the Cornish pasty or Lancashire cheese pie) and hopefully meet more great people along the way. This is the mother land for Heritage brands and some classic tailoring, it’s where a lot of the pieces I love were born, but I’m always interested to see what new things these brands are doing with their design dynasties. You can follow my footsteps on Instagram, or stay tuned here for lots of British field work to come.
Meanwhile, these are my blazer bound picks for the colder season. There are some jolly great things happening like Brooks Brothers doing a camouflage cut, or M.H.L’s delightfully short-lappelled three button number (something I love in a jacket). I also enjoy textures like J.Crew’s houndstooth version of their Regent blazer this season, or the woven stripes that Suno and Soulland are rocking at the moment. Enjoy.