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Does Every ‘Formal’ Look Need a Blazer?

We know everyone reading this has been there - staring at your closet, trying to put together the perfect formal ensemble that spells out style and sophistication. But here's the burning question: Does every 'formal' look really need a blazer? 

Today, we're diving into the world of mastering the effortless formal aesthetic without defaulting to the classic blazer.

First things first, let's give the blazer its due credit. It's the undisputed king of formal wear, capable of transforming any outfit into a suave masterpiece. However, we crave a bit more versatility. 

1. The Power of the Classic White Shirt:

Picture this: A crisp, classic white shirt paired with well-fitted trousers. Simple, timeless, and utterly sophisticated. You'd be surprised at how this basic combo can stand on its own without the need for a blazer. Tuck in that shirt, throw on a sleek belt, and you've got yourself a killer formal look that's as effortless as it gets.

2. Sweater Weather Formal:

Who says formality and cosiness can't coexist? Swap out the blazer for a finely knit sweater, and you've struck the perfect balance between comfort and style. Whether it's a V-neck or a crew neck, a sweater can add a touch of warmth without compromising your commitment to a polished appearance.

3. The Statement Waistcoat:

If you're feeling a bit adventurous, why not consider a waistcoat? It's a game-changer that adds a dash of dapper to your ensemble. Pair it with a well-fitted shirt and trousers, and voila! You're ready to turn heads at any formal gathering. Plus, you'll be the talk of the town for your bold fashion choices.

4. Monochrome Magic:

Don't underestimate the power of a monochrome outfit. A single colour palette from head to toe creates a seamless, sophisticated look that requires no blazer for backup. Experiment with different shades and textures within the same colour family, and you'll be surprised at how effortlessly formal you can appear.

5. The Trusty Waistcoat-and-Tie Combo:

If you're missing the structure a blazer provides, opt for a waistcoat-and-tie combo. This dynamic duo can elevate your look without the added bulk of a blazer. Play with patterns, textures, and colours to showcase your personal style while maintaining that polished appearance.

So, the next time you find yourself pondering over whether to blazer or not to blazer, remember these options. Fashion is about expressing yourself, and sometimes, breaking away from the norm can be the key to unlocking your unique style.

Experiment, mix, and match until you find the perfect formal ensemble that speaks to your personality. Our latest A/W ‘23 allows you to express yourself with styles, silhouettes and patterns that give you that extra “oomph”.

After all, it's not just about the clothes you wear but how you wear them that makes all the difference!

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