[dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]ne quick way to upgrade you blazer game — add some checks. Recently, I was in New York hanging out with Leo Chan of Levitate Style and we were both rocking checked blazers and suddenly, light bulb moment! And, now we’re going to chat about checked & plaid blazers.
Photography by Alicia Mara of Levitate Style
On Myself: Double-breasted windowpane blazer – Banana Republic | Sunglasses – Alexander McQueen | Navy Henley & White (Self-cut hem) Jeans – H&M | Suede Double Monk Strap Shoes – Tobox Shoes Philly
We’re in a full maximalist era or menswear, so that means go big or just be minimal. Therefore, when stepping into checked blazer territory, take my advice and live between both maximalist & minimalist worlds.
What does that mean? Let your blazer be your statement piece [of your outfit] and pare it down with neutrals. That sentiment really hits home during the summer months when you’re wearing more white, khaki & pale blue colors.
First up, the Men’s Style Pro Edition
With a white contrasting windowpane pattern over a navy base color, this blazer is loud AF. We get it, “Sabir like’s menswear, so he’ll wear loud sh*t”. Regardless, of this blazer’s peacockiness, the rest of the look is muted & complementary.
- Monochromatic shirting – instead of a crisp white or corporate blue, the navy henley complemented the somewhat laid back nature of the jacket.
- Grounded by the kicks – earth tone suede shoes will alway complement a navy suit. Plus, when you have the contrast of navy & white, shoes in the brown/tan suede family are the ideal grounding agent.
On Leo Chan: Exploded Glen Plaid Blazer – Suitsupply | Sunglasses – Prada | Shoes – J.Crew | Watch – Tissot | Shirt – The Tie Bar | Pants – Bonobos
On to the Levitate Style Edition
If you’re looking for the right way to make a splash at the office, take note of this look. Outside of the teal/blue windowpane check pattern, the look is based in neutral colors. Paired with a classic business blue Oxford shirt & a modern fit khaki pant, you can dominate business-casual like a professional.
Bonus Corporate Style Tip
Stash a navy knit tie in your desk, in case your boss spring an impromptu presentation. Throw it on with Leo’s look and impress your client with your sartorial sprezziness (and your knowledge of course).