We’re in the dogs days of summer and getting dressed for work or any semi-formal has become a dreaded experience. Since you can’t show up to the office at or wedding in a tank (unless it’s Jersey-shore approved), we’ve found a blazer in trusty, but, under-utilized fabric that might spark your interest. I’m talking about the plaid hemp blazer from Italian suit brand Lanieri.
Hemp Blazer Quick Review
For those readers that are new to Men’s Style Pro, this blazer from Lanieri is my second piece from the brand. Two years ago, I had a dark olive green custom-made that had a few fit issues. Luckily, second time’s a charm and both pieces in this feature fit perfectly (blazer & pants).
In my original feature, the suit jacket chest was too wide and the rise in the pants dropped lower than expected. Since those issues were fixed in these new pieces, I was able to focus on the detailing of the hemp blazer.
Here’s What I Love
- Hemp – it’s the fabric that keeps on giving. The open-weave texture is highly breathable, making it a go-to during the summer months
- Sturdy – as opposed to linen, this blazer holds form like a true wool piece. Composition-wise, it’s 75% Hemp & 25% Wool (so it makes some sense)
- Weight – from a wearers perspective, this jacket is much lighter than a traditional worsted wool jacket, but, heavier to a pure linen piece. The kicker is it’s completely unlined with a breathable open weave hopsack construction
- Color & Pattern – it’s bold, but, still subdued enough wear to the office.
The Switch Up
Learning toward a traditional menswear vibe, the above look is what a menswear enthusiast would gravitate toward because monochromatic blue is standard. However; with any blazer the need for versatility is key — and the second look provides some inspiration on how to transition it to a weekend/summer party look.
- The top half of this look is exactly the same as the fully “suited” version above
- Grounded in white denim – as a personal style staple, I often use white denim to amp up a somewhat basic look. In this instance, the white jeans are actually used to ground the busy patterned jacket
- Texture from Chest To Toe – this look is a bit more casual (jeans, no tie), so adding snuff brown suede loafers brings more texture that complements the blazer
Lanieri gifted this blazer & pants for the feature, however; all opinions and styling are that of Men’s Style Pro.
Photography: Austin Horton at @sight.beyond.sound