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

‘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. For more information on that, see our story Asking for a Friend: How to Talk to a Tailor.

Without further delay: here are three ways for you to consider wearing your blazer.

Dressed up

Referring to the image above: Try your blazer with a dress shirt, a knit tie, and nice sneakers. Get your pants tailored with a slight break for sneakers and dress shoes. It’s OK to wear pants from one suit and a jacket from another – just eyeball it. And here’s a tip on tie bars: don’t get a tie bar that covers the whole tie.

SHOP: Nordstrom Men’s Shop blazer | Calibrate shirt | Nordstrom Men’s Shop trousersTo Boot New York sneakers | Ted Baker London pocket square | Nordstrom Men’s Shop tie | Nordstrom Men’s Shop tie barNordstrom 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 blazerThe Very Warm jacketTopman hoodie | Bonobos pants | ASICS sneakers | Stance socks


Blazer with dark jeans is a great work look. Clean sneakers and a light sweater ties it together.

SHOP: Nordstrom Men’s Shop blazer | rag & bone sweaterThe 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