With the start of a new season comes the added stress of wanting or needing to update your entire wardrobe. And, yes, most men feel it, too!
Autumn can be a tricky season as this marks the beginning of the layering movement. In the spring and summer, guys can get away with wearing a tee shirt or a short-sleeved button-down with a pair of shorts. It can be easy to cover up in an oversized coat when winter rolls around, but this requires some thought in autumn.
Ed Westwick looking dapper in a blue patterned blazer in New York City on September 10, 2012 (Credit: WENN)
When late September arrives, some questions come into play. Should I wear shoes or boots? Do I wear a coat or layer with a jacket? Gloves and a scarf? Guys, do these questions sound familiar?
Most people cannot afford a new wardrobe, but the best part is that it’s unnecessary. A few select pieces are all you need to update your existing look.
A patterned blazer is one such piece that can help accomplish this. Some may refer to this unique item as a statement piece that can draw a lot of attention. To best achieve a well-balanced look, pair it with plain trousers. Popular color choices would be darker, muted shades of brown, green, gray, and black.
Wearing It with Confidence: The Ed Westwick Example
Any pattern or color can work! The trick is to wear it with confidence. There is no better example than teen heartthrob and fashion icon Ed Westwick.
Attending the 2012 U.S. Open in NYC, Ed decided to match his blue-patterned blazer with a light-blue Oxford button-down and a pair of black trousers. The white pocket square with blue trim added depth to the smooth, gentlemanly look.
Ed Westwick in a blue patterned blazer at the 2012 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2012, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City (Credit: WENN)
Check out these cool blazer finds:
Hickey Freeman Lightweight Overplaid Sportcoat, $1,295.00
Andrea Campagna Plaid Two-Button Tweed Blazer, $3,595.00