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Asking for a Friend: How to Wear One Suit Jacket For Everything

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‘Asking for a Friend’ is our style advice series.

Every man needs a suit, but not everyone gets the most bang for his buck. Is there a way to increase the value of this purchase?

Yes, sir: wear the pieces separately. Mix up your outfits to give more life to the jacket and pants. You hopefully got them tailored, so they fit you perfectly and deserve to be worn frequently.

Here are three ways for you to consider wearing your blazer. Relatedly, see our story Asking for a Friend: How to Talk to a Tailor.


Suits at work: less common than they used to be, but never frowned upon. Go for it and you instantly get more respect. With suits and with clothing in general, men are told not to mix brown with black, or black with navy. But why? If it looks good to you, go for it. Brown shoes with black pants and navy tie can look great! See above. Pants from one suit and a jacket from another can also totally work. New rule: no rules.

SHOP: Nordstrom Men’s Shop blazer | Calibrate shirt | Nordstrom Men’s Shop trousers | To Boot New York sneakers | Ted Baker London pocket square | Nordstrom Men’s Shop tie | Nordstrom Men’s Shop tie bar | Nordstrom Men’s Shop socks


Sometimes you need to wear something casual to hit brunch and then the farmer’s market but don’t want to look messy. It’s called a weekend. Your blazer can work with that.

SHOP: Nordstrom Men’s Shop blazer | The Very Warm jacket | Topman hoodie | Bonobos pants | ASICS sneakers | Stance socks

Parties/Going Out

When you want to look sharp and maybe even meet someone: casualize your blazer with dark jeans, wear some designer sneakers, and find a shirt that’s fun to touch.

SHOP: Nordstrom Men’s Shop blazer | rag & bone sweater | The Rail t-shirt | Levi’s jeans | Common Projects style sold in-store only; inquire at these locations | Common Projects shoes | Designer sneakers

Photographer: Joel Ramirez

Assistant photographer: Chris Burrows

Stylist: Brenna Carlson

Assistant stylist: Lindsey Fish

HMU: Sarah Swaine

Model: Cameron Welch

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