In our latest YouTube video, join Leah and Austin as they dress down our navy, tailored jacket. With his impeccable taste, Austin will guide you through the essential style elements he considers when selecting a jacket for a more relaxed look.
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DRESSING DOWN A NAVY JACKET
Arguably, the most versatile item you can own is the tailored navy jacket. In this blog post, we will delve into the art of smart-casual dressing, unlocking its potential for both business and leisure occasions. From the shoulder line to the pocket details, we'll explore the key style elements that can help you achieve a polished yet relaxed look.
Starting at the Top: The Shoulder Line and Lapel
When selecting the perfect jacket to dress down, it's important to consider the shoulder line and lapel style. Opt for a jacket with natural, softer shoulders, as they lend themselves to a more casual look. A notch lapel, the most casual of the three lapel shapes, is an ideal choice for dressing down. Its relaxed elegance sets the tone for a more laid-back outfit.
Pocket Details: Flap vs. Jetted
The pocket is a subtle yet significant element to consider when dressing down a tailored jacket. While leaving the flap pocket as is, works fine, tucking it in to create a jetted pocket provides a streamlined appearance. This sleek touch ensures that the attention remains on the casual aspects of your outfit, such as your trousers, while still maintaining an overall polished look.
Vents: The Casual Touch
Vents play a role in the overall aesthetic of a tailored jacket. Opt for a jacket with double vents, which is the most casual of the three vent options. Double vents not only enhance comfort and mobility but also add a touch of relaxed sophistication to your ensemble.
Material Matters: Texture and Navy
The material of your navy jacket can significantly impact its dressiness. A woollen fabric with texture, such as a slight herringbone pattern, creates a more casual and laid-back vibe compared to shinier and finer worsted suit fabrics. The deep navy colour adds richness to the jacket while maintaining its versatility.
Pairing with Trousers: Denim, Chinos, and Corduroy
When it comes to trousers, several options complement a dressed-down navy jacket. For a stylish and casual look, consider pairing it with denim jeans. Pay attention to the wash of the denim to ensure a cohesive outfit. Chinos are another safe bet, offering a versatile and slightly dressier alternative. To add a touch of texture, opt for fine corduroy trousers in shades like grey, which perfectly balances the jacket.
The Perfect Footwear: Trainers and Tassel Loafers
Dressing down a tailored jacket allows you to infuse your personal style into the outfit. For a day about town or casual occasions, white trainers offer a classic and comfortable option. If you prefer a touch of formality, leather tassel loafers elevate the look without making it overly formal. Experiment with different footwear to suit your taste and the occasion.
Finishing Touches: Ties
While dressing down a tailored jacket typically calls for a more relaxed approach, there are still opportunities to incorporate a tie into the ensemble. Choose ties that reflect your personality and the occasion. A shantung silk tie or a rep stripe tie adds a touch of uniqueness without being overly formal. However, going without a tie is perfectly acceptable for a more casual and effortless look.
Pocket Square Playfulness
The pocket square is a small accessory that can make a big impact. While classic white linen or silk pocket squares are always a safe choice, don't shy away from experimenting with different colours and patterns. Consider a gold and navy combination, playing off the tones of the jacket. Light blue or chambray shirts also pair beautifully with a gold pocket square, creating unexpected yet stylish combinations.