I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes
- Yves Saint Laurent
Photos by Zoli Dinh
Today I want to talk about which type of blazer or sports jacket you should pair back with jeans for a smart casual vibe, and what jeans work best to create this look. When it comes to wearing a suit jacket as sports jacket, it's best to find one with relaxed details - Wearing a corporate suit jacket will look like business even if it's worn with a pair of relaxed trousers so it's best to save those for the office.
More relaxed details could include things like different coloured buttons, patch pockets, a jacquard or patterned fabric or a softer/relaxed construction (Softer shoulders and less canvassing). The key-note here is; a more relaxed garment equals a more relaxed look, think about how casual track pants and a hooded jumper are!
Jeans come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention the different shades and fades and even markings (whiskering). The best way to judge which jeans go with which blazer is if you have a pair that has markings and fading, stick with a solid jacket and/or Visa-Versa. You don't want to get too complicated with the pattern mixing as denim has a textured finish anyway. When it comes to the tailoring of jeans still make sure you use someone who has the right skills, cropping or rolling up the cuffs is also a personal preference.
I will say that personally if the rise of the jean is low I like to leave my top or shirt untucked but if it's a medium to high rise I like to tuck it in. It gives the illusion of more length in the legs and can either make my outfit look more relaxed or more put together.