22 May 2012

A Summer Blazer



(I had to bump the exposure up on this image to highlight the details)

Blazer: Comme des Garçons Homme Plus
Longsleeve and Cardigan: Uniqlo
Trousers: Black Comme des Garçons
Creepers: Clarks Originals

A few months ago I wrote a post about my decision to start looking for a blazer to add to my wardrobe.  Given that the smarter end of my wardrobe is comprised mainly of Comme des Garçons pieces, I decided that it would be the perfect place to start my search.  Whilst I had initially thought of beginning at the Fall/Winter end of the spectrum, it quickly became apparent that my first blazer would have to be suitable for Spring/Summer, otherwise it would be relegated to life solely on the rail for the next several months.  Although I have no issue with buying pieces off-season, given that I did not yet own a blazer of any kind, it seemed odd not to buy something I could wear and get a feel of straight away.  And so, after a number of weeks searching, I was lucky enough to find this Spring/Summer 1998 Comme des Garçons Homme Plus blazer for a very nice price.

The blazer is half-lined and made from an extremely lightweight dark blue wool.  It features two side pockets, a breast pocket, and two inner breast pockets, all of which are roomy, adding a nice amount of carry space (the personal importance of which I also wrote a post about).  The blazer has four buttons, which when fully buttoned can either be worn with the collar flipped up, or slightly turned down for a work jacket appearance.  However I have thus far only really worn it with the lapels folded over, giving it a typical three button look.  The shoulders have a soft drape, with only the slightest of padding, and the fit is that typical Comme cut - nice and boxy, aided by the lack of any vents to the body.  Due to the lightness of the wool the blazer gets rumpled easily, which I think is a rather nice touch given the soft drape and roomy fit of the piece.

With regards to the outfit above, I think it could have been improved with a longsleeve that was a touch darker in colour and had a slightly lower neckline.  Otherwise I think it could work with a soft collar shirt left open, or a collarless shirt.  I actually had a collarless shirt I was rather attached to, however due to a case of swapped parcels it currently resides in a town just outside of Gilgit.  Whilst I am sure its current home has rather more interesting scenery than it would have here, I do rather wish I could get it back.  As for the next blazer I would like to add to my wardrobe, I am considering something with a slightly more structured look and made using a heavier weight fabric - perhaps a boiled wool, or the thick polyester that Comme do so well.  I am also thinking a full suit might in order, albeit one that can be styled with either a t-shirt or shirt beneath.  Essentially an everyday suit that is comfortable and easy to wear.  Somehow I think Yohji may have the answer...


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6 comments:

  1. i really like it, looks like a really good choice for your wardrobe and striped back style right now. on a side note i've been after that lambswool cardigan for about two years, they never seemed to have small when i went in and now it's long gone. i' always on ebay looking for oen

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  2. You definitely make this work!

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  3. This is so cool. Such a great find to share.

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  4. I love your style! Beautiful blazer. Very basic but very hip. Style never become old. CDG's indigo color is Japanese traditional blue color "Ai".Deep and dense.

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  5. Bummer about the misplaced package. The jacket looks good on you. It's funny to read about you not having a jacket or full suit, when some years ago it was a different story :) I think I remember an interview another blog did with you and you had this gorgeous grey suit.

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