Let’s discuss the ever ubiquitous blazer or suit jacket and jean combination. What the f*** are you trying to say? Business up top and rebel below the belt?
I am a big fan of today’s more free approach to dressing. However, before you break the rules, you should have a general understanding of the rules. Every day I see men in denim and a suit jacket or blazer – more often than not, an ill-fitting jacket and bad denim. Surprisingly, the fit does not piss me off as much as the mixing of these two looks. I mean for Christ’s sake, it’s a fashion mullet – business up top, rebel down low.
You may feel differently, but allow me to explain why this look is so wrong. First and foremost, denim is rebellious and steeped in blue-collar history. The blazer or suit jacket is the opposite. When paired together, the look is confusing, contrived, and uncertain. It is like a cowboy wearing a tailored suit while out on the range – yes, stupid. Would you use ketchup in place of tomato sauce? Again, stupid.
I do get what the guy is trying to attempt. I am a big believer that a man should wear a jacket, but it has to be the right jacket. Go out and find a more casual looking jacket, unconstructed with natural shoulders, and on the shorter side. Make sure it fits right and get a pair of jeans that fit perfectly. And with regard to the denim fit, make sure to think of the type of shoes you plan to wear. Go to a tailor and have them fit the jeans accordingly.
With regard to the denim, a clean wash, no holes because if you are pairing with a jacket, try to look balanced. I love beat up denim, but that’s better paired with a real leather jacket or cool bomber. Yes, I get it, you made a bunch of money in some tech startup or whatever and you don’t care. That’s well and good but you still look like a douchebag. Like the old saying, money ain’t never bought no one any class; I mean, just take a look at Trump.
And guys stop wearing denim when you are dining. A few simple rules one should adhere to when dining. Do not wear jeans if the restaurant has linens and white tablecloths. Avoid denim if you will be eating with a knife and fork. Never wear denim if the joint has a sommelier and you plan on drinking wine. If you are at Applebee’s, hell wear a tank, ripped denim, flip-flops… nobody cares.
Something to ponder: Dressing for the occasion always elevates the occasion.