My husband would like to do the blazer and jeans look occasionally so I would like to get him a blazer but I'm not sure whether that will suffice. He only wears non-sneaker shoes when he has to and his sneakers are definitely more athletic style than just casual shoe style. And I'm not sure that his jeans are nice enough to pull off this look. Help?
Husband has mentioned that he would like a blazer or sport coat (are these different things?) for the holidays. He has been interested in doing a blazer and jeans look, probably with a t shirt rather than a collared shirt (behold! inspirational images
). He doesn't own many ties and doesn't wear them often at all, ditto non-sneaker shoes. Most of his shirts are plain and he's not trying to be clever so I don't think he's thinking of going with graphic t-shirts under jackets like this
When he's attempted this look before, I think it looks too haphazard, like if I threw on a blazer on top of yoga pants and a tank top. I've thought of getting him a blazer like this
but I would like to give it to him with some style guidance. Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot to offer myself.
For starters, are those jackets appropriate for this type of look? Should I go for a material that is seasonally flexible? Most of my husband's clothes come from Gap or Banana Republic. Is it okay to pair jeans from there (like this
) with a blazer like that? He also has several pairs of grey chino-type pants and khakis so he might wear those with a t-shirt and a blazer too.
When I looked for images, it looked like a lot of the men were wearing nice shoes. Does he need to wear nice shoes to do this look? Would it be okay if he were to wear, say, a black blazer, a t-shirt, jeans and athletic sneakers? What if he wore a button-down shirt instead of a t-shirt? Will this whole look work best if he sticks to a dark palette - black blazer, dark shirt, dark jeans?
If he wants to do the blazer, jeans and t-shirt look, does it matter what kind of t-shirt? He has a handful of cute, goofy t-shirts but most of his t-shirts are grey and black crew and v-necks. He has a lot of crappy white undershirts but he wouldn't wear that under the blazer without something on top of it. If he wanted to wear a blazer over a sweater, should he wear a collared shirt under the sweater? He might like that for when it's crazy cold in the winter but not the rest of the time.
What little I know about fashion includes the importance of balance. Is it the kind of thing where, if he wants to wear a blazer, assuming he is also going to wear a shirt, shoes and jeans, two out of the three can be less fancy? Could he do blazer, button down shirt, jeans with holes near the ankles and sneakers? Blazer, t-shirt, nicer jeans, sneakers? Can he scale based on the nice-ness of the situation so maybe, if it's a nicer situation, only one item is kind of crappy? So maybe when he wants to look a little nicer, he could do blazer, button down shirt, nicer jeans or non-jean pants, sneakers? Or blazer, t-shirt, nicer pants, shoes?
Forgive me if I'm over-thinking this, I'm just trying to help him out. I want to get him a blazer but he's not going to wear it if he puts it on and doesn't like how he looks, so if there are things I can get him that would improve the look (a new belt that matches?), I'd be happy to do it. And he's so cute that I want to help him look his best :-) If you have any specific blazer recommendations, that'd be helpful. Thanks!