5 Top Tips on What to Wear with a Dark Grey Blazer

5 Top Tips on What to Wear with a Dark Grey Blazer

It's a great addition to the wardrobe and can be paired with anything. Check out Idle HQ's ultimate guide on what to wear with a dark grey blazer. 

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Invested in the perfect dark grey blazer, or looking to buy one but running out of styling ideas? It's easy to do with such a basic item. You wouldn't even realise what you're not pairing it with. Its basic colour pallet and traditional values make it a great piece for the entire year and to take you through any kind of event.

Here at Idle HQ, we're obsessed with the perfect dark grey blazer. At an event or night out, you'll spot a guy wearing one within 2 minutes. So lets avoid looking the same and mix this bad boy up.

The Blazer

Fabric

A dark grey blazer is available in a variety of fabrics, making them a variety of formalities and specific to  use in different seasons.

Spring/ Summer

Cotton

Cotton offers many advantages as it is a natural fiber that breathes well. It tends to perform better in hotter climates because it can absorb moisture well and keep the wearer cool. They’re also machine-washable, which is always a plus.

However, cotton has very little flexibility and no natural stretch, so can feel a little tighter and more restrictive. Depending on the colour, cotton can easily show water marks or moisture, so a difficult fabric if you’re a heavy sweater. If the cotton fabric wasn’t properly pre-shrunk, you could experience some shrinkage after having it cleaned and pressed. It also shows wear and tear more than wool

Linen

A popular choice for a summer because of its incredible ability to keep someone cool. The natural “crinkle” effect keeps it from sticking to the body, allowing for increased airflow. It's also strong and durable and naturally wicks away water and moisture. However, due to it being so lightweight, it creases and stains easily. And also tears and rips easily.

Silk

This fabric is especially comfortable and breathable. Silk is cool to the touch and feels great on the skin. However, it’s a delicate and clingy material so can easily be torn when wet. It also shows water marks so isn't great for heavy sweaters or a formal event where water is involved, if one exists.  Although, it does react poorly to excessive perspiration, it does breathe well, this is rarely an issue.

Autumn/ Winter

Wool

This is the most popular material so easy to find. It's comparatively cool resistant to creasing and durable. However, it does need to be dry cleaned and odour isn’t eliminated when dry cleaned, you must air it out.

Tweed

This is more of an informal fabric, used mostly for bespoke suits, so is infrequently used in a business context. It's relatively thick and sturdy, making it great for colder weather. Unfortunately, it's not very flattering for heavyset men and will need to be broken in.

Mohair

A tough and durable material which breathes well and stays cool. It can however, be a little coarse. Some 100% mohairs can feel sandpapery.

Shirt

It's simple colour allows you to pair it with anything. From a plain white tee to a dark purple to a cobalt blue. So no need to worry about how much you'll wear it, because it'll most probably become your go to jacket to add a bit of formality.

The Idle Man Smart Shirt in White / The Idle Man Smart Shirt in Black / The Idle Man Long Sleeve Denim Shirt / The Idle Man Oxford Shirt Grey / Edwin Memphis Shirt Multi / Lee Rider Shirt in Brushed Twill Check
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Formal Trousers

If you're wearing the blazer to a formal event, then you have a number of options. Such as teaming it with matching suit trousers, mixing it up with a different shade of grey, patterned trousers or even dark chinos.

The Idle Man Suit Trousers in Slim Fit / Selected Mylo Barbican Trouser Grey / Rascals Tweed Sport Chino
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Casual Trousers

The great thing about a dark grey blazer is the colour, so it goes with everything, and the fact you can dress it down. Go for dark skinny jeans if you're after a smart casual look, light blue or distressed jeans for a laid back edge, and joggers for an ultra cool, street vibes. Don't forget to team with trainers or a boot for added casualness.

The Idle Man Jeans in Skinny Fit / Nudie Jeans Steady Eddie Pelican Bay / Publish Arch Joggers Grey
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Accessories

Looking to dress it up even more and add to the formality? Then accessorise with a bow tie or tie, and a pocket square. Make it extra fancy by wearing a brightly coloured one.

mens dark grey blazer bow tie
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The Idle Man Classic 6cm Tie / The Idle Man Classic Bow Tie
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And On That Note

The dark grey blazer is a great investment for any guy. An addition to the wardrobe that you will inevitably make the most use out of, thanks to its ability of matching everything. It's an item you only need one of, unlike other suit pieces.

From adding colour to spice it up, to pairing with joggers a niche casual look, to pairing it with trainers, the possibilities are endless with this jacket, so you can never run out of outfit ideas.

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