The Perfect Summer Jacket – Canali Kei Blazers

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Señores!

It’s hot!

Like, so hot that the devil had to take a day off!

Nonetheless, me espero (I hope) that you are enjoying your summer!

Travel, fun, & sun is what it’s all about.

But if you live in a climate like mine, verano (summer) can wreak havoc on your wardrobe.

Sweaty back, armpit stains, and  a wet chest will ruin an outfit. The ladies don’t like it and it can really hurt a gent’s confidence.

So how do you stay cool, yet remain stylish, during the warm summer days/nights…especially when wearing a blazer? After all, it is a staple in a man’s wardrobe.

1.  It’s All About the Quality

When shopping for a dope blazer/jacket, you want to focus on the quality of the brand. FullSizeRender (7)Quality is not always synonymous with price but the amount that you paga (pay) can be an indicator. Since 1934, Canali has been creating timeless and superbly crafted menswear pieces that are worth every penny. Canali has pieces that fit into any aesthetic and wardrobe.

When making a determination of quality, you want to look at details such as thread count, button types (horn not plastic), stitching, and weight of the fabric. Your jacket should not be shinny, frilling, or pill.

2. It’s All About the Fabric

You’ve heard me say it time and time again that fabric is what makes or breaks an item of clothing. The construction, design, and fit are secondary to the type of textile that being used. The most breathable fabrics are

  • Linen – coolest of all clothing fabrics. Lightweight and doesn’t hold moisture. Wrinkles easily and keeps the wrinkles.
  • Cotton – breathable & holds moisture; most durable and versatile textile.
  • Linen/cotton blend
  • Chambray – durable, durable, durable! Can be hot but the gauge of the fabric can determine how much heat is retained
  • Synthetic dry fit textiles – moisture wicking. This means that the fabric will pull the sweat away from the body and keeps the muggy feeling at bay. Most jerseys and athletic wear are made from this material

3. Construction is Key

For purposes of this article, construccion simply defined. It’s how the jacket is made. In blazers the construction comes in three different forms.

When a jacket is made, it has an interlining that’s known as a canvas. This interlining is usualmente made from horsehair or a horehair combined with cotton or a sythetic material. It’s found between the outer layer of the jacket and the lining. Canali Craftsmanship

It’s purpose is to help the chaqueta  to drape smoothly over the chest. The canvass gives additional support which will allow the garment to be worn properly and fall over the chest and shoulders with ease and style.

The two warm weather constructions are:

Unconstructed

These jackets are unlined and do not have the canvas in them except in the sleeve. Additionally, unconstructed jackets don’t have any roping and have common features such asUnconctructed DB

  • exposed seams
  • working cuffs
  • patch pockets

The major fabric is the outer layer. You will find these in linen, 100% cotton,and cotton blend jackets. The lack of lining allows the jacket to vent well and remains breathable.

I am especially fond of the Kei Jacket. It’s an  icon of Canali blazers and features a soft silhouette for a relaxed and refined look. It’s lightweight construction and varied colorways offer a great selection that every gent should have in their closet. 

FullSizeRender (3)When sporting this type of jacket, they are best worn with casual outfits. Pair them with some jeans and chinos. If you’re really feeling frisky, you can add some simple silhouette sneakers that will give the entire look an edge.

Half Canvas
The canvas in the lining is found throughout the top half of the jacket. This allows for a Half Canvas well-shaped shoulder structure – a very important part of a well-fitting jacket, and ensures the jacket tapers towards the waist. It’s important to remember that a half canvas jacket does have some layering but there are plenty of areas where ventilation can happen. Half Canvas jackets do not lay as flat and  do not move as much as a full canvas construction but are the most popular because they still look sturdy and are very comfortable. They are also, generalmente speaking, less expensive than full canvas pieces.

Generally, you would pair a half canvas jacket with trousers or chinos. They can, however, look great with well fitting pair of jeans.

Keep these facts in mind when searching for the perfect summer blazer or summer suit.

**Editor’s Picks

If you’re reading this blog, then you know that when it comes to style,  I am a fan of the non-traditional and lover of printed fabrics. I really don’t believe in looking like the next gent. There is an intelligent way to break the style rules or have a differentiated look that everyone else.  Canali has a Seersucker Line Seer - Jacketthat does it for me! The lightweight, fresh, and breathable details of the line are remarkable thanks to its characteristic puckering. Seersucker is the perfect fabric for blazers and casual pants for warm weather seasons.Seer - Trousers The microcheck print is different in that the blue is closer to a navy than a cobalt – which is what you would find in a traditional seersucker pattern. Additionally, the line has complete navy options and a collarless water resistant jacket for those pesky evening yacht parties in Miami harbor. The line allows you to mix and match different components seamlessly.

I also fell in love with their footwear. More especificamente, Canali’s sneakers are timeless. The simple design and rich colors allow them to be worn with casual or sporty looks. For the perfect summer chic look, the style savvy gent would team the sneakers with the Seersucker Line, a white shirt (oxford or tee), a bold pocket square, and a well made straw fedora for flare! You would be the talk of the harbor!!

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Remember, stay fly my friends!!!!!! It’s easy to do so in Canali!

-SG

This post is sponsored by Canali

 

 

 

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A Lesson from the Style Professor…

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Senores,

By day I am a maestro de la ciencias politicas (political science professor). 

Shocking, I know. I’m more than just some fly dude, lol.

And I think that kind of reality fits us all. We are more that what meets the eye. Being pegged in una caja (a box)  is an injustice as it doesn’t fully allow us to showcase how uber talented we truly are.

As such, I’d like to challenge you to show off your real identity. You know, that person you were meant to be. Gente (people) deserve to know the essence of you.

We are all put on this mundo for a reason and to achieve a specific purpose. If we aren’t being who we were meant to be, then the world won’t get to experience the measure of greatness that was given to you.

Step 1: Be Okay with YOU!

Idris Elba asked a group of adults what they wanted to be when they grew up and the responses were amazing. Actually, some made me tear up. Many had forgotten their dreams. Life took over and, like all of us, they adjusted. Now, adjusting is great. The vida that we live can throw curve balls to us and we need to be pliable…BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR DREAMS.

So, gaze into the world with intention and join me in showing the world who you really are!!!!!!

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Me?

I’m a dope college professor, with a dope political radio show,  who is a dope style maven that has a dope style blog (which I use for inspiration) and I try to change the world one dope; stylish, and learned person at a time! Oh, and a dope clothing line is soon to come!!!

To be more succinct, I’m Kalan Laws, The Style Professor. It’s nice to meet you!

Y usted es? (And you are…)

Now that we’ve met, let’s go to the next step.

Step 2: Cover and Show

Show the world your talentos. Give them….us a piece of your gift. UNAPOLOGETICALLY! For too long you’ve hidden behind the veil, stayed in a cave – cloaking your greatness in the shadows.

But when you show who you really are,  do so strategically.The masses may associate your face (metaphor for you) with one thing, so let your talent go before you. Produce your art, create your product, cement your brand…then reemerge as the new and autentico you!

Cubre (cover) your face (what folks know as the old you) and show your product (the new you). Caballeros (gentlemen) if you decide to literally cover your face, make sure you use some dope headgear.

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Jacket:Forver 21

Walk away from where and how you used to move and let the new you lead. Keep working toward building the foundation, walls, and roof of the you that people need to see.

Step 3: Take a Step Back

After some time, lay back and gauge the reaction to see if you are getting any bites. Sit still and watch as personas begin to marvel at such dopeness. The idea here is to let what you’re construiendo (building) work for you. Movement is great…necessary but there are times when sitting still is best.

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Boots:  Bar III (@bar3)

Step 4: Focus on the Details

As you, in all of your new dopeness, continue to enlighten all as to the real you – take a minute to focus on what makes this you different than the other you. Focus on the detallas that make the redefined you so special.

I guarantee that there is something you have or that you are doing that may be seemingly insignificant…maybe even considered a flaw or undesirable, pero is extremely poderoso (powerful).This characteristic is what your new audience NEEDS to experience. OWN IT. SHOW IT. BE IT! Give them a close up look so they can know that you are for real!

Step 5: Move with Confidence

Now that you’ve announced who you really are, walk proudly in your new truth! Pop your collar porque you have done what so many cannot or are afraid to do. Research is clear that confidence matters just as much as ability. People are drawn to the person whose moxie is fuerte (strong).

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Photos: @flawson_

And keep going. Keep pushing. Keep heading toward your finish line!! Once you’re done, stand on your proverbial podium…proud of what you’ve done and who you have become.

For now the world has seen the true you, and in pursuing your truth, you’ve realized purpose. Those who have experienced the transformation and/or finished product will have been impacted, inspired, and ignited.

-SG