THE 3-WAY: My summer blazer

by Paul Julch in


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Summertime.  It's hot.  It's humid.  It's no time to talk about layering, right?  Wrong.  Third pieces, such as blazers and cardigans, are instrumental to creating interesting outfits in any season.  So that's why it's officially Summer Blazer Week at Urbanite | Suburbanite.

Blazers are an easy way to pull any look together, and versatile ones transition from dressy to casual in a snap.  A navy blazer is super versatile, and is the perfect way to dress up a button-down shirt and shorts.  Yes, not everyone is into the shorts and blazer look - but it's a fun way to feel appropriate to a fancy occasion, and still keep your cool.



I chose this simple navy tipped blazer as a neutral anchor for a pair of bold, eye-catching shorts.  The blazer calms down the loudness of the shorts, and makes them appropriate for a casual outdoor wedding, graduation, or anniversary party.


Summer occasions just beg for a pair of white lace-ups.  And who am I to not oblige?

Navy blazer, orange flower lapel pin by Tallia Orange.  Light blue button-down, belt by J Crew.  Plaid shorts by Club Monaco.  White lace-ups by Ferragamo.  Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples.


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When evening temperatures dip, it's the best time to pull out a blazer.  And using it in a monochromatic look provides even more impact.


Monochromatic layering doesn't always mean layers of the exact same color.  Add dimension by sticking to the same color, but varying the shades and textures.  Here, the blue end-on-end shirt, indigo heathered cardigan, and navy blazer all combine to create a look that's all-at-once bold and subtle.


Never forget the impact of shoes.  Enough said.

Navy blazer by Tallia Orange.  Indigo cardigan, belt by J Crew.  Blue end-on-end shirt by J Hilburn.  White khakis by Dockers.  Pocket square, shoes by Paul Smith.


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Adding a blazer is the simplest way to dress up an otherwise casual outfit.  So if you're heading out to dinner and aren't sure of the dress code, grab your blazer and go!


Classic pieces get an upgrade with novel accessories.  Start with colored khakis, a neutral sweater, and navy blazer.  Add a striped belt, a chambray pocket square and a couple of bracelets and you're instantly elevated.


Yes, a blazer and sneakers can work together.  Go for a classic blazer and sneakers with attitude, and you'll never miss.

Navy blazer by Tallia Orange.  Grey crewneck sweater, striped belt by J Crew.  Red khakis by Gap.  Chambray pocket square by Lands' End Canvas.  Navy and white sneakers by Onitsuka Tiger.  Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples.

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