Buy This Now: A Perfect Warm-Weather Blazer With Italian Tailoring
This "in-between" season is the perfect moment to invest in soft tailoring, the kind of suit or blazer that doesn't have sharp shoulders or tightly cut lapels. If you're in the U.S., the next few months will be warm, and you'll be more active than you were in winter. So it might be time for a deconstructed blazer, which is one that doesn't have the kind of reinforced internal lining that makes your other blazers keep their shape. It's a look that says you know about good dressing, but you are laid back. It's polished and yet still loose. Very, well, "in-between."
Lucky for you, I have an excellent deconstructed blazer to buy now. Club Monaco, the international retail chain once best known for making clothes in just black, white, and gray, has been on a tasteful roll over the past few years. Its goal, in terms of menswear, is to perfect the wardrobe by providing simple, but still interesting, staples. As part of this mission its longtime head of men's design, Aaron Levine, recently arranged a partnership with the Italian tailoring house of Lardini—a family-owned suitmaker that specializes in well-cut, softened tailoring. The result of their collaboration is some really great summer suiting that evokes old-fashioned Italian style—including a grey linen-knit, notched label blazer and a double-breasted khaki linen suit. (You could take the blazer from the suit and pair it with white jeans or a mint-colored pair of chinos, too).
The Lardini x Club Monaco designs are available now at Club Monaco stores or online, here.