Checks & Balances: The Knot Standard Wool Check Blazer 2 Ways

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In the 3rd installment of our Knot Standard partnership series, I’m using their Virtual Studio online design system at home (see page 2). We’ve come up with two looks based around their blue check wool blazer from their Signature collection (look one features all KS pieces). 

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer

Photography by Marina T. Peele

Custom Wool Check Blazer, White Chinos & Cutaway Blue Oxford Shirt – c/o Knot Standard (online) | Maroon Tipped Pocket Square – Armstrong & Wilson | Navy Knit Tie – Oliver Wicks | Jodhpur Boots – Jack Erwin

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Standing out at the office for your strong work ethic comes first and being recognized for your style should come a distant second. You’ve taken the time to stunt on your colleagues by coming up with that new marketing plan that got the boss all kinds of hype and now it’s time to market your sartorial office game. While they’re suiting up in their standard navy & charcoal, bust out an check pattern blazer.

As the ultimate suit separate, a check blazer can make you a standout amongst your coworker. There are a few key rules to rocking this blazer style without stepping into 70’s used cars salesman mode.

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer

A Knot Standard (Pun Intended) Way Of Styling

  • Step one for finding the right check pattern jacket is selecting a colorway that works universally in your wardrobe. Case in point, navy x light blue check! 
  • Consider your fabrics. At 290 gram, this blazer is warm enough to take you through the chilly months (layer appropriately) and light enough to be your go to outerwear piece during the fall & early spring.
  • Nothing but complements. Colors like browns, shades of blue and white are an easy way to take this look to new Neapolitan heights. A jewel toned pocket square add color without taking away from the look.

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer

Monogramming and adjust tabs on the waist band. Two signs of custom pieces that really set these pieces apart from off-the-rack gear. 

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer


The Denim Switch Up


 
Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard BlazerCustom Signature Wool Check Blue Blazer – c/o Knot Standard (online) | Cutaway Collar White Shirt – Trashness | Cable Knit Tie – Hook & Albert | Distressed Denim Jeans – Gap | Brown Suede Jodhpur Boots – Jack Erwin | Oversized Gold-tone Chronograph Weekender Watch – c/o Timex

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What’s the right blazer to wear with jeans? One with texture and casual details. Take this blazer for example — designed with functional patch pockets, notch lapel, a shorter length and the texture of the wool complements the denim. 

This look is a take on the first one. Swapping out the blue shirt for a white one and white chinos for blue jeans has completely changed the look to something that’s everyday casual. Even though the look changed, the color palette stayed exactly the same. 

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer

Sabir M. Peele wearing Knot Standard Blazer

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Sabir M Peele

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Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

  • Humaam

    Really great looks Sabir, I’m really digging the use of different shades of blue with white and switching up which piece consists of each of those colours. Looks impeccable! Quick question, what size shirt trashness do you wear? and do you get it tailored afterwards? I’ve been looking all over for an OTR cutaway collar shirt that doesnt need much tailoring afterwards. I am 6 foot 2, 170 pounds, 40 inch chest, 31 inch waist, BUT my neck measures at around 14.5 inches and my arms are longer than average. I like my collars to fit snug but that means the sleeves are 3 inches above my wrist at a small or whatever size neck shirt corresponds to. The only shirts that I’ve found are in JCPenney the Stafford they sell 14.5 by 34/35 shirts and those fit perfect but then there is no cutaway collar option. Thanks!

    • Humaam

      plus my issue is that I am still a student so budget is pretty tight

      • Hi Humaam,

        Thanks for the kind words. Showcasing that flipping the pieces can really make all the difference was key. The Trashness shirt is a medium. In your case, I’d tried the medium and give it one wash and dry to get the fit to your liking.

        – Sabir

  • Really love this look – taking smart casual to another level! You should check out our guide on best watches to wear with a suit to really ensure you get that sought after dapper look time after time!

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