When it comes to styling your look around a blazer, there are two things to remember: color and pattern/texture. With any pairing, you should aim to compliment, not match exactly, to enhance specific details and add depth to a traditionally basic look. Below we demonstrate with three different ways to do it.
The navy blazer is one of the most versatile staples of a man’s wardrobe. Here we’ve contrasted the subtle pattern of a light blue checkered shirt with the texture of a gray wool herringbone tie and an understated pocket square. Blue and gray are two of the most common colors in a man’s wardrobe, but notice how the pattern and texture pairing give it a fresh take while still looking polished.
While a mustard-colored cotton blazer isn’t found in most guys’ closets, this look shows how you can use color and pattern. The rich purple shirt is complemented nicely with the muted yellow blazer (colors opposite on the color wheel and go well together). We also added depth to the look with a subtle pattern in the shirt to offset the solid blazer while enhancing it with a simple pocket square.
For blazers with a bit of pattern, sticking to a solid shirt is always a good option. In this case, a dark blue shirt is paired with a patterned tie and subtle pocket square. The dark shirt draws attention to the tie and blazer, so make sure they work together.
On a final note, remember less is more. Stick to one or two patterns or color palettes per look, keeping the rest mainly solid or muted–any more than this and it will start to look too gaudy. X