Summer can be the trickiest season for accessorizing. With the heat, most of us want to keep things minimalist and don’t want to be bogged down with excess. One way to beat the heat is to trade in your heavier materials for linen, one of the very best ways to not have to forego a blazer. One of the few times of year you can wear white or pastel blazers without coming across as too ostentatious, the opportunists among you will still want to set yourself apart from the crowd.
So, if you’re going for a light coloured linen blazer, how do you pull together your accessories? It depends on the event, of course, work and play demand different expectations and offer different levels of flexibility. The most obvious way to spruce up any linen blazer is a pocket square, especially if you’re trying to escape the heat.
Hackett of London Linen Delave Blazer
Pocket squares, maybe the most underutilized accessory in men’s fashion, can help make your favourite blazer fresh and new from one day to the next. Linen works especially well with light colours, so the right pocket square can really add a splash of color to your outfit. With a traditional grey, black or dark blue blazer, the
With a traditional grey, black or dark blue blazer, the Red & Blue Pin Dot Pocket Square can really get lost, but matched with a pastel or white linen it has a chance to pop and command attention. If you’re looking for something a little more subtle, the timeless quality of the Navy Blue & White Polka Dot Pocket Square will basically enliven any light coloured blazer you might choose to wear. The texture alone will speak volumes, with Aklasu’s silk contrasting beautifully against the linen material.
AKLASU Navy Blue & White Polka Dot Pocket Square
What if you want to branch out, take some risks? While normally people choose linen for something a little lighter and more casual, usually foregoing ties and bow ties, there are ways of working around it. Something too dark or too broad will inevitably be a bit more tricky to balance in terms of dress shirts, but not entirely impossible. One of the best ways around this problem is to focus on fabrics: matching linen with linen rarely goes well, unless you’re really playing around with the pattern. Pairing a linen blazer with a silk tie or a cotton shirt though can work wonders.