Making a statement is really easy for men in an office environment. You want to know what the secret is? It’s really simple. Here, I’ll whisper it to you…
BUY A BLAZER THAT IS PATTERNED!!!
A statement blazer is truly the easiest way that you can set yourself apart in the office, and if you keep these three tips in mind, you’ll wind up looking and feeling fresh in some great new threads. You see, I’ve never really been one to tone down my style for work (or my personality for that matter), and so I’m often the only guy in the office wearing a blazer that isn’t the standard issue navy, charcoal or black; let alone something that’s patterned or has a bit of flair. Some people would suggest that making this sort of a statement is some very blatant peacockery, and in a way they’re possibly right. wearing something that stands out from the pack is all about making a statement of your presence, and will obviously draw attention as a result. However, if we wanted to get really into the meaning of the standing out from the crowd, we could easily compare to the Poison Dart Frog, and what their bright colours and markings signify…
But I digress.
When you’re shopping for a statement blazer it is really important to keep a few things in mind. Firstly, don’t get too ahead of yourself. Just because you’ve seen game show hosts wearing sequined blazers on TV, doesn’t mean that is in any way suited for the office. Sure, you want to dazzle, but if you’re actually reflecting sunlight into your colleagues eyes, you’ve taken it too far. Secondly, think outside the rack. Ready to wear is all very well and good, but you’re unlikely to find anything that makes much of a statement in major department stores or national chains (with a few exceptions). Try ebay, or Etsy, or your local Op Shop if you want to find something that’s truly going to stand out. Thirdly, think broadly. Colour or pattern aren’t the only ways to stand out, and texture, cut and size are really under-utilised ways to pick a unique piece that it going to leave your mark on the office environment.
Today I wore my own take on a statement blazer – a boxy, over-sized gingham number I scored on Etsy:
navy and white cotton gingham blazer – Meeting Street
navy cotton button-down shirt – Euromerican Tailors, Hong Kong
light blue heavy wool necktie – M.J. Bale, a gift
Chambray pocket square with contrast edging and orange monogram – Mizu Brand
black leather belt – Raphael Steffens
Arc 3D tapered raw-denim jeans – G-Star Raw
black Brazilian leather dress shoes with laser-cut lattice detail – Raphael Steffens