Summer boating blazers originated from public school rowing teams, but it was the mods who brought the colourful striped blazer into the fashion underground. Now, decades later, this standout clothing item is hitting the mainstream.
The summer blazer is sophisticated, smart, and yet still retains a hint of the rebelliousness that made it the jacket of choice for members of The Who, The Yardbirds, and The Rolling Stones. Here’s how to pull off the look and stand out from the crowd this summer.
Hello to yellow – one of the most under-represented colours in men’s fashion. Yellow is the colour of summer, and this shade, with just a hint of blue, keeps things light and vibrant. It’s a bright splash of colour without straying into garish territory, and because it goes exceptionally well with blues and greys, yellow is easy to pair with jeans, trousers and chinos.
A contrasting pin-dot lining complete with inside pocket adds even more flare to this cotton-mix summer blazer. Double vents and a resolutely British cut add to its authenticity. If you’re looking for a statement piece to wear at summer regattas and garden parties, or just want to cut a dash while out and about in the city, this is the summer blazer for you.
A pure cotton shirt with a flattering cut and expertly tailored from quality fabric – that’s a Samuel Windsor men’s shirt. White is the perfect colour to wear against pastel shades as well as dark colours like charcoal and navy.
This shirt is a two-fold 100s garment – a high thread count, with the added benefit that each thread consists of two lengths of yarn twisted together. For you, that means a high quality garment that’s soft and drapes nicely, and yet is far harder wearing than a single ply shirt. Why settle for less?
The great appeal of wearing a bright jacket is the stunning contrast you get when you pair it with a dark colour. Yellow and navy were made for each other. The result? A strikingly dapper look that will make sure you’re remembered for all the right reasons.
Choose the perfect pair of navy chinos from our full list of options: flat-fronted or pleated; straight cut or slim fit; summer weight or classic. Do accessorise your outfit with a well made black leather belt, pocket square, quality wristwatch and simple cufflinks – plain metal or mother of pearl go well with this soft yellow.
Carry the navy theme into your footwear selection with these navy and brown leather deck shoes. Wonderfully soft and hard-wearing, a pair of these traditional boating shoes is a preppy and practical way to finish off your outfit.
Perfect for yacht club bashes, deck shoes also make an ideal choice for barbecues, informal drinks parties and more. Fancy dressing up your summer blazer ensemble? Switch your deck shoes for navy and brown split brogues – a great way to project a sense of opulence reminiscent of the roaring 1920s.
A summer blazer and contrasting chinos and shoes, together with a white shirt and the appropriate accessories must surely be a must for the discerning gent. All you need now is a Panama hat, and you’re ready for anything.