Bold Blazer Vol. III: Plaid Derby Blazer by Indochino

In continuing with the Bold Blazer Series from last summer, behold the custom linen, plaid, Derby blazer by Indochino. When you head to the Indochino site, you will see that this blazer is shown as single-breasted, two button option. In the customization process, you can change those features to resemble the one in this feature, if you like (you have this option on all suits and blazers too). Some of you might consider this blazer geezer chic, Caddy Shack sharp or even “Right Blazer, Wrong Decade”, but, some of you might consider this blazer stylish as hell. You can even call this your “Go To Hell Blazer” (for the nay-sayers). For the adventurous type, this blazer is one to add to your warm weather wardrobe. Not to say that the not so stylishly adventurous couldn’t rock this blazer, but, it takes a bit of balls to fully commit to it.

There are a fair amount of things to considered when pairing such a bold pattern blazer with an outfit:

  • Overall style (lapels, pockets, contrast stitching).
  • What other pieces in your wardrobe complement the blazer.
  • Fabric choice in shirts, trousers and pocket squares.
  • Shoe color and fabric (leather or suede).

1. Summer Wedding/Garden Party Chic

Custom Linen Double Breasted Derby Blazer by Indochino Custom Oxford Spread Collar Shirt by Ratio ClothingWhite Chinos by Bonobos

Unless the wedding you’re attending this summer specifies “black-tie attire”, this look will really set you apart from the crowd. One things you never want to do is look like you’re one of the groomsmen or match the groom, so steer clear of the seersucker (more than likely either the groom or his boys will be wearing it). This look works well as a garden party option too.

Reason Behind Styling This Look:

  • White chinos ground the craziness of the blazer pattern.
  • Camel color shoes keep the look on the summer-side. They really pull the beige color out of the blazer.
  • The spread collar blue shirt is a bit more dressy than a button-down collar. Plus, it works well when adding a tie.
  • The light blue hue of the shirt complements the navy blue of the blazer

2. Eggplant Pants

Custom Linen Double Breasted Derby Blazer by IndochinoNavy Button Down Collar Shirt by Lands EndEggplant Cotton Trousers by H&M – Single Monk Strap by Johnston & Murphy

Reasoning Behind Styling This Look:

  • The eggplant trousers accentuate the magenta striping in the blazer (without being “matchy”).
  • The navy shirt plays up the the colors in the blazer and trousers because they are in the same color family.
  • By going with a tan leather shoes, the rest of the warm colors in the outfit are pulled together.
  • This outfit is perfect for a summer evening event.

Felt Lapel Flower via Ebay

3. Linen on Linen (Another Summer Wedding Option)

Custom Linen Double Breasted Derby Blazer by Indochino – Navy Linen Pants by H&M 

Reason Behind Styling This Look:

  • Plan on making this look a summer wedding outfit in the extreme heat (linen on linen).
  • Instead of pairing this blazer with dark denim, going with linen trousers will keep you cool and add some fabric consistency.
  • The brown monk strap shoes keeps this look polished.
  • A white shirt and white pocket square are clean, crisp & classic

White OCBD by Frank & OakWhite Cotton Pocket Square by Merona 

Double Monk Strap Shoes by Mercanti Fiorentini via DSWRose Gold Watch by Michael KorsBlue Bead Bracelet by Aldo

Be sure to visit to create some custom pieces for yourself. Also, you can follow them on Twitter @Indochino.

Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele





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Categories: Blazer, Fabrics, Featured, Men's Style, Menswear, Versatility

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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17 Comments on “Bold Blazer Vol. III: Plaid Derby Blazer by Indochino”

  1. Dee Swopes
    July 16, 2012 at 1:09 AM #

    great look, at the top of your game for summer

  2. William
    July 16, 2012 at 1:41 AM #

    I like this blazer, it the perfect look for those more formal events during the summer months

  3. david o
    July 16, 2012 at 3:27 AM #

    How do you like the quality of indochino’s db blazers?

    • July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM #

      Hi David,

      The quality is pretty legit. One of the key factors in customizing your blazer will be your fit. Once that is spot on, it will make the finished product look even better.

      – Sabir

  4. July 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM #


    • July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM #


      Thanks man!! I do what I can.

      – Sabir

  5. July 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM #

    This DB looks great! I’m liking the single monks also. Nice piece.

    • July 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM #


      Coming from you that means alot. Stay fresh and cool down there in FLA!

      – Sabir

  6. July 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM #

    I love the tortoise shell sunglasses, where are yours from?

  7. July 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM #

    Great blazer Sabir. I’m the bold person that you’re talking about. I can see pairing this blazer with red, green, yellow, or even pink chinos. This blazes screams fun! Fun! FUN! Excellent choice!

  8. July 30, 2012 at 10:31 AM #

    Love this look, Sabir. Indochino should have you fronting their campaigns!

    • July 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

      Hi Faz,

      Thanks for the kind words. We will see what happens in the near future!



  9. August 6, 2012 at 5:56 AM #

    I love the blazer and white trouser combo – the shirt is exactly the right kind of colour too, looks fun to wear and the right kind of ‘light’ for hot weather..


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