The White DB Blazer
I don’t think the stigma associated with white suits or sartorial pieces will ever vanish from our unconscious minds. Be it through the reminiscence of series like Miami Vice or the continuous ill-fitted drug lords that populate movies or tv series, white suits and blazers are often seen as tacky. Fortunately, in recent years and much thanks to Italians particular sense of style and sprezzatura, this connotation has been slowly changing: from street style pictures of elegant gentleman properly donning them to the uncanny character of Jeb in “La Grande Bellezza”, it has been proven time and time again that white is an appropriate alternative for sartorial garments.
Although it’s usually associated with Summer (and rightfully so), my only rule when it comes to white is to keep it off the rain. Other than that, Winter doesn’t really deter me from sporting a pair of white denim, trousers or blazers for that matter. The beauty of white is that it provides a blank canvas that allows for virtually any combination of shades and patterns, perfectly balancing the outcome. Whereas you’re going for a more subdued color scheme or a bolder one as shown here, incorporating a white garment in the mix will likely prevent you from going over the top.
This 6x3 double breasted blazer by 1ST PAT-RN is a brilliant example and has become one of my go-to essentials. Fully unstructured as usual and making use of their “cavalry di maglia”, this navy inspired jacket features gold buttons, moderate peak lapels, patch pockets and their trademark raw jersey stitching on the interior. Taking the neutral shade as a starting point I made the most use of color accents and contrasts, through the bold striped shirt, purple tie, pocket square and of course, the petrol chinos. As a side note, petrol is also one of the most versatile shades I have come across, but more on that later.
Details: white double breasted blazer by 1ST PAT-RN, striped dress shirt by Paul Smith, petrol chinos by Levi’s, braided leather loafers by Buttero, vintage silk knit tie, silk pocket square by Exquisite Trimmings, vintage silver bracelets, unique silver ring by Progetto Fede and watch by Rolex.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Ph: Filipa Alves