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Should You Wear Denim Jeans With A Suit Jacket Or Blazer?

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When to avoid wearing jeans with a jacket: https://gentl.mn/should-you-wear-jeans-with-jacket SHOP THE VIDEO: 1. Burgundy Red Handcrafted Linen Pocket Square with White Handrolled X Stitch: https://gentl.mn/2KfM7sD 2. Navy and Yellow Shadow Stripe Ribbed Socks Fil d'Ecosse Cotton: https://gentl.mn/2AwtYaw #denim #jeans #notsponsored How you can pull off wearing jeans with jacket? 1. Pair your blazer or sport coat only with your dressiest jeans. That means no holes and no used look. Also it's really important that you have enough contrast between your sport coat and your jeans. In terms of cut, a straight leg or maybe something that slightly tapered works best. Definitely avoid really baggy cuts as well as a bootcut. Also don't cuff or pin roll your jeans because that's simply too casual. 2. Rather than going with a navy blazer, instead branch out and maybe go with jackets that have different colors as well as patterns and materials because that's more contrasting or interesting, but also more casual and it works better with jeans. 3. Make sure to wear your denim and your sport coat with casual shirts to bridge the gap formalities. Long-sleeve dress shirts are good but ideally you should avoid the most formal variations in solid white because they're just too businesslike. 4. Wear the combination of jeans and sport coat with the right kind of shoes. Black oxfords are way too formal and not appropriate. At the same time boat shoes are too informal and should likewise be avoided. What shoes should you wear? Ideally go with brown tones or burgundy and oxblood. If you want to be a little more experimental you can think about olive green, grey or maybe navy. In terms of styles, a classic derby shoe is good just like those burgundy derbies or olive green derbies. Alternatively, you could opt for loafers either tassel loafers or penny loafers. Another good options are monk straps such as those brown single monks with some broguing and a wingtip or those more fashion-forward double monks in burgundy. If you want to go with oxfords go with brogues either half brogues or full brogues. Other good options include chukka boots or Chelsea boots. In terms of leather texture, suede is really great to combine with jeans and a sport coat. Why? Simply because it's a little more casual. When should you not wear jeans and jacket together? 1. The biggest mistake I see men make in this situation is that they pair a traditional business suit with a pair of jeans they have. Particularly it's that black business suit jacket or that pinstripe jacket that they wear with dark blue jeans and it just looks weird and odd. 2. Don't combine jeans with a double-breasted business jacket. Double-breasted is typically more formal. However in recent years double-breasted jackets have become a lot more popular especially at Pitti Uomo. And if you have something that has a nice linen blend maybe with the Prince of Wales pattern and lighter colors, you can definitely combine them with jeans. 3. Never wear a t-shirt with jeans underneath a jacket because it's a clash of formalities. 4. Never wear any kind of black shoes especially not black dress shoes with this combination because it looks out of place. Instead go with browns, tan tones, burgundy tones, greens or anything else but not black. 5. Jeans with a jacket are not ideal if you want to wear a tie, a bow tie or maybe an ascot simply because it would be too formal and a clash. Instead go with a pocket square or maybe a boutonniere because that creates a visual interest and it just creates for a more polished look. 6. Don't wear jeans with a jacket if you want to have a formal dress shirt. 7. Don't wear jeans and a sport coat if you don't know the dress code or if you're unsure about the formality at the event or the occasion you will wear it to. During the colder months of the year, a tweed jacket works really well with jeans simply because it's more casual by definition. That being said there are tons of other jackets which are less formal and therefore equally as well suited to jeans as a tweed jacket. Some of them include a Panama jacket which is more of a summery jacket. Another one, the Harrington jacket. --------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------ Want to stay updated? Sign up here for free: https://gentl.mn/2v64OdL Want to see more videos? Subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/thegentlemansgazette --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gentleman's Gazette https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ https://gentl.mn/2mZrXtR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gentlemansgazette FREE EBOOK: https://gentl.mn/2v64OdL
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Gaming world (9 days ago)
"Welcome back to the gentleman's gazette" sir I like the way you say it.
Metal Faced Gamer (21 hours ago)
I haven't watched this video yet but... Maybe you'll change my mind. I do wear jeans with a classic white Oxford and maybe a simple vest. I live in a city and am active walking to the park maybe a city cookout and in this environment you can end up sitting on surfaces that are not smooth and could snag and damage slacks and or dress pants. But I never wear black jeans usually a deep indigo. Let's see if this changes after the video.
SPNKr (5 days ago)
In Raphael's words, it makes the overall video harmonious.
Teste Dich (6 days ago)
Never said he wasn't. The difference in the middle of the video isn't that big between both hosts. But whenever I start watching a video from the beginning Raphael just makes it so much more wholesome and that just sets the entire mood for the video for me. So if he works on that, just the way he greets the viewers, he'll be just fine..
Gary Caudwell (6 days ago)
The other host is new. Let him get used to being in the videos and I'm sure he will be fine. :)
Teste Dich (9 days ago)
this so much. It just sets the mood for the videos. Maybe the other host could work on that
Richard David (1 hour ago)
Many sport journalists dress like that: jeans with a suit jacket. Sometimes even with sport shoes
Peter Saint Pedro (2 days ago)
The originator of this clash of formality was done by playboy Porfirio Rubirosa , a famous figure from the 1940’s and 1950’s
Frank Castle (3 days ago)
It's fine with a sports jacket or leather jacket
Bo Rerun (3 days ago)
I do it all the time at church/ where do you suggest I could hunt for awesome jackets like yours
Butters (3 days ago)
for me, i wear, summer colors in the winter, and winter colors in somer, only exeption is blacks and dark clors, i means, i will wear like green if its a dark gloomy day, if its a sunny day i wear a earthy brown colors, . and black i mostly wear in winter, and in sunny days, besides that i never wear black unless its jeans, never shirts, too hot. finally and thats just the taste of my style, so if you invit me to a chrismas party, expect me to wear a yellow, greens or white. not black, greays or drak browns
Butters (3 days ago)
it really depends on a few questions question 1, are you a high class, classy like this guy on video, , if no. then fallow the rules rule 1 never where old patch jackets that this guy is whereing . use your best judjment. it will work, rule 2 dont have a baby face, grow facil hair, even if its a 4 o clock shadow. rule 3 never where a suit jacket, where a blazer. reason, suit jackets have matching stuff with pants and vest, and is a total them rule 4 you can where a blazer, if your going to pub, or night club, or your job is construction, or you do lots of rugh work that requires you to where jeans do to more derability ps also suit jackets, cant be matched with anything but the suit pant, or you can , but it gose aginst what is its original perpus .
Robb Gregor Richard (4 days ago)
It makes me think that I don't have a single pair of jeans in my wardrobe... only chinos. I thought to buy a pair anyway and this video gave me ideas on how to wear it. Thank you!
Yousuf A. (4 days ago)
Skip ironing? Who are you an where is Sven?
Matthew Lane (4 days ago)
Green is the most underrated color . It looks amazing!
kevin yap (5 days ago)
I love this video.... very timely... thanks Raphael!
Frank Gadson (5 days ago)
Fine video appreciate the recommendations on how to properly pair a jacket with jeans just one question you mention tweed jacket as one option I'm wondering would a camel hair jacket work well with jeans thanks for sharing the video.
endautrestermes (5 days ago)
you are rocking some nice belts, any video coming up on that topic?
AYR Ramadan (5 days ago)
NO!
Aphan0x (5 days ago)
Every outfit you wear is absolutely great
swellingsuperman (5 days ago)
What about a French cuff shirt with blazer & jeans.
Benjamin Tay (5 days ago)
Erm i cant start to take you seriously because your suit jacket has a weird crease on your side of your chest to your right are you sure your suit is bespoke? It looks terrible. Please get it fix by your tailor
DOGBOY Woffington (5 days ago)
Please do a video on cowboy boots
Joe Menjivar (5 days ago)
Fashion rules are for amateurs. Wear what you want with confidence and things will probably be ok.
Khanh Ho (6 days ago)
I'm from LA, where this is common. I just got back from a vacation in Italy. It was a very common look in Rome...and not just for millenials...but also men pushing fifty.
Jonathon Cox (6 days ago)
What are your thoughts on cowboy boots in this particular dress combo? I have a pair of nice, well maintained boots that I think would meter the clash between Jean's and a suit jacket well
Klo Koks Klan (6 days ago)
@Gentleman's Gazette Bitte sehen Sie sich bei Gelegenheit die deutsche TV Serie Babylon Berlin an. Spielt im Berlin der 1920er Jahre und der Style ist sehr nett :)
Joshua H (6 days ago)
I personally think that jeans with suit jackets is too much of clash of formality for me. I think that jeans with a white(ironed) dress shirt with a leather jacket is a good combination. I tend to undo the two top buttons of the dress shirt for a more casual look.
yukinomichi8 (6 days ago)
Sven I always like your presentation style. Especially your accent no joke, it is so unique. Thanks for the info.
Josef Stalin (6 days ago)
Man I really wish I had the money and body for a suit
sun to Neptune (6 days ago)
Navy blazer would work with light grey jeans right? Coz of the contrast.
clint johnson (6 days ago)
I have watched in your content in a while,your style has losen up alot.I enjoy it.
Banish Misfortune (6 days ago)
I just want to share a constructive comment: Try to take more care about the volume of the different takes on the video. Most of the time, the Gentleman Gazette logo with jazz music is louder than the rest of the video. Great job, by the way.
Atticus Finch (6 days ago)
Done well, there’s nothing cooler than jeans with a sharp jacket and shoes. My advice is dark, slim jeans with an aniline tan brogue and either a classic wool navy blazer, or a Harris Tweed herringbone grey jacket. Double breasted with jeans.....never! And please don’t wear anything other than laced footwear (but never trainers) or face the judgement of the best women you may encounter!
Ad Arabi (6 days ago)
Too long video so a black jeans with tucked white shirt is cool for an interview?
MultiMrMiles (7 days ago)
jeans trousers are just awfull!!! tshirts sneakers jeans sportswear used for everyday wear are boring choices and tasteless imo. Im the chairman of the 0 jeans movement, ban those depressing items!
smudger671 (7 days ago)
No you should not, unless you want to look like Jeremy Clarkson.
marksshoereviews (7 days ago)
I have a grey border tweed jacket that goes quite well with smart jeans. If you really like the jean-jacket combo also consider non denim jeans. I have some olive jeans that look great with a navy cotton sports jacket.
P. w. S. (7 days ago)
It’s not a good idea tacky
idontmindifisaid (7 days ago)
Wonderful topic and video Rafael! Personally, I think you look fantastic with this combination of jacket and jeans!
kevin webster (7 days ago)
jeans are casual, wearing them with dress items such as jackets are improper.
Eastern Cowboy (7 days ago)
At the start of the show is the best Iv seen you being urself....that is you, the haircut and the lay of your clothes, plus the colors were a great match. Later on during parts of the show the shirts were too tight in your stomach area. I can taylor the cut best for you with a good neck fit with a fuller cut in your stomach area. Nothing wrong with fuller body types as a result of good living.
Ahmed Abdulla (7 days ago)
I dont think men should ever wear jeans with dress shoes unless its a slim cut. Im sorry but all your jeans look way to baggy to be worn with dress shoes.
Zareli Noise (7 days ago)
I wear sweatshirts and t-shirts with my sports jacket and people usually like that fit. However I think the one that works best is the polo shirt or maybe a henley.
Nice Trade (8 days ago)
dont agree at all with the black shoe bit, fact there are many colors of jeans.. if your wearing black jeans or chinos then brown shoes do not look correct.. black shoes work with anything !
TheTrueHappy (8 days ago)
I personally hate the look of jeans with sportcoat/suit jacket. I don't know why, just something about it. But I'm glad you're out here giving tips so hopefully men can make the best of that look.
Chris Heijna (8 days ago)
Nice to see you adress this topic so nicely.
Josqu (8 days ago)
1:37 I just came here because of the right guy. Its Bastian Pastewka he is a german comedian.
Mike Michaels (8 days ago)
I am looking for a good tweed suit and would like to know your thoughts on Cornings of Piccadilly or Chester Barrie? Or if you know any other good suppliers of tweed?
Veritas Vincit (8 days ago)
I do enjoy wearing jeans with a jacket occasionally but when I do I always feel like Neville out of Auf Wedersehen, Pet.
Briar Blues (8 days ago)
Raphael, while I agree with you on almost every point, I must disagree about peak lapels and ….. It is not the lapel that dictates the formality of a jacket, but the clothe. A single breasted, cord or tweed jacket, with peaked lapels, would never be considered leaning towards formality. Thus, could be paired up with jeans. Square ended knit ties, an oxford shirt, jeans, and a sport coat also can create a fine presentation, so a tie with jeans? Sure, if it's the right tie / short combo. French cuffs and jeans? Sure why not. Silk knot play full cufflinks, with a pattern shirt with French / double cuffs, will work. Fabric, pattern, and link selection are key though. The rules are meant to be bent and sometimes broken. The trick is being confident enough to pull off the look.
Pepe Le Pew (8 days ago)
*matches jeans with suit jacket and crocs* The future is now, old man.
Whyso Scared (8 days ago)
Hey, Could you do a video on Barefoot Shoes and how to combine them with classic Mens style?
MaximusPayne (8 days ago)
I've seen occasionally people using t-shirts with jackets, and I don't think it looks bad. You wouldn't use it for any formal activity, but what about doing so for a night out with the boys?
stef (8 days ago)
Nice jeans/jacket combinations. The somewhat lighter colored jeans with a navy blazer works works well too. I think it still is a common mediterranean look, sockless, great fitting expensive jeans, nice shoes/loafers.
Harry Brown (8 days ago)
Your jeans and pants are way too wide^^ You really don't get it :-D
Miss Emm Beauty (8 days ago)
Love the way he says ‘casual’ 👌🏻
B. Alex (8 days ago)
Does anyone disagrees with 95% but stills subscribes? 😂
TheRealSpicke (8 days ago)
I need to disagree for once. I really like this outfit: Black dress boots, dark jeans with a nice, but not too tight fit, leather belt, a white or light blue dress shirt and a 2 button navy jacket. Love it!
Rory Cresswell (8 days ago)
A charcoal cotton flannel blazer with dark indigo slim fit jeans, chocolate brown desert boots and either an Oxford shirt or cream sweater has sort of become my uniform.
Lavalambtron (8 days ago)
How about come out of your aesthetics high horse and don’t force it on others, it’s a form of bullying. Fashion advances when people are free to experiment.
John Ciombras (8 days ago)
Top Italian menswear leaders Kiton and others seem to break many of tge suggested rules.
I have seen lots fo guys who wear black t shirts with blazers and jeans and look so good.
Lochlan Denton (8 days ago)
I wear an RM Williams wool sports coat in houndstooth with a simple white shirt over Levi 501s, they require cuffing but paired with RM Williams stockman's boots in tan kangaroo leather the ensemble works as a kind if smart/casual farmer look. Ideally an Akubra should also be worn but I can't pull off hats!
richard silva (8 days ago)
Black boots with jeans and blazer are accepted here in Texas. Even in daytime.
stephen Sterling (8 days ago)
6:00 Wait.... ARE THOOSE CUUUFFS?!?! You mad lad!
stephen Sterling (8 days ago)
"Maybe skip ironing" Never thought I'd see the day XD
Thomas Patrick Parker (8 days ago)
NO
IROKLIFE (8 days ago)
I wear black jeans with blazers, though jeans that are fitted, but not skinny type. I wear slacks, and dress pants all in black alike, around the same group of people. I imagine it is because of the black, but no one has ever noticed or commented on the difference of my pants. Blazers, bow-ties, shirts, shoes on the other hand... all of that. I don't own a single pair of blue jeans personally, I think they make blazers look... "downgraded". Not bad, or sloppy. It just takes an edge off them to me, for whatever reason. My two cents, having worn black jeans with very sharp outfits on many occasions.
splashpont (8 days ago)
I was not allowed to wear jeans as a kid because my lower middle class parents believed that jeans were a sign of being poor. Plus, they have such a heavy fabric. Maybe that's why people wear them with rips..... Poverty of appearance continues!
defensebydesign (8 days ago)
In Texas we of course like to incorporate this look with boots, but here again (and to your point) there are color and even material variances that allow a complimentary look to the overall ensemble.
James Davenport (8 days ago)
Yessir a lighter sport coat with a complementary colored shirt and polished Justin boots works down here!
Penultimate Hortator (8 days ago)
The only time anybody should wear jeans is when riding a horse or digging a grave.
robert kelly (8 days ago)
Brilliant as usual.
Hansca (8 days ago)
Short answer, if your name is Jerry Seinfeld then yes, if not then never!
Julie A. (8 days ago)
I absolutely love your videos. Yes, I'm a woman, but I like to learn! Plus, I pass on some information to my son. I don't care that he's only six, it's never too early to learn to be a gentleman. Off-topic, but I love your accent.
Gentleman's Gazette (8 days ago)
Thank you!
Albert Ávila (8 days ago)
I'm sad this is not your style because you look gorgeous with jeans and blazer. IMHO
Eeshwar Rupakula (8 days ago)
10:34 I loved the brown jacket,it looks amazing on you....👍🏻👌🏻could u please tell me where could I buy it??
Wolf0067 (8 days ago)
Jeans with a jacket?Almost never! One of the exceptions would be riding wearing jeans and a tweed jacket. Actually it IS possible to live without any jeans in your closet.
Galahad (8 days ago)
Where can I get one of those Panama jackets?
Jason The U (8 days ago)
How about suspenders
Sebastian Hosu (8 days ago)
Too bad Raphael says jeans and jackets are not his style. He looks amazing in all he showcased in this video! Elegant, casual, understated, very well combined!
Chris Henick (8 days ago)
I pull this look off all the time though I skip the tie. I'm an account executive in the South and a lot of my clients idea of dressing up would-be khakis and a golf shirt. I enjoy wearing a sport jacket so rocking a nice pair of jeans with a jacket is a great solution for me not to come across as overdressed.
Mr International (8 days ago)
What are those shirts called that the collar covers the tie? You know the shirts that they wore in the 70's in the goodfellas movie?
Muhammad Usman (8 days ago)
I only wear jeans and/or other types of denim with very casual, highly patterned jackets. Usually I wear them in fall and earlier spring when it isn’t too hot and not too cold for jeans and denim.
Greggory1987 (8 days ago)
Excellent video and it really made me think about how to wear my black denim jeans with a blazer and shoes.
Gabriel Feetham (8 days ago)
What are some good brands to get sports jackets from?
minafouad78 (8 days ago)
I like ur luxury music..
Hani Shamseddeen (8 days ago)
I quit wearing jeans about a year ago. Chinos are more comfortable. For work around the house I just wear an older pair of chinos
Tech (8 days ago)
MMmmmmmm those chest hairs dapper daddy ty man this channel has made me actually give af about my wardrobe I appreciate it.
Chraman (8 days ago)
3:10 More formal?
Ceddy Baby (8 days ago)
Great video
Victor Mendez (8 days ago)
Great content. Thanks.
John the Voice (9 days ago)
In my opinion, jeans should be worn by those who do any type of labor, since is made of denim which is very thick and resistant from breaking. Blazers, Dress Shirts, ties and dress shoes should not be associated with those overrated pair of pants.
MrTryAnotherOne (9 days ago)
The way you wear your pants is typically american ... always a notch too short.
Daniel Wood (9 days ago)
Thanks for the panama jacket suggestion.
John Duckworth (9 days ago)
I am not keen on that look. I think that jeans never look quite smart enough to go with a sports jacket, suit jacket or blazer.
Canadious (8 days ago)
I think Jeans can work with a very casual patterned sports jacket. Blazers and jeans though are a bit too much of a mismatch for me
Tom Silverheart (9 days ago)
I thought we were supposed not to wear a suit jacket without its matching pants.
Garrett Evans (4 days ago)
Yes and no. The rational reasoning behind telling people to wear a suit as a pair is that most people only own one basic navy or charcoal business suit. So lets say you wear the jacket more often then the pants. Eventually the jacket will be become discolored and will be visibly different then the pants. Which is not a good look. You also increase the risk of spilling something on one of the pieces and it being at the dry cleaners when you need a suit. Since you are wearing each piece more often then you would a suit. Hence the general advice to not wear a suit separated. Though when you build up a collection of suits so that you can always have a business suit on hand and have a rotation going so you are wearing each piece less it is fine to wear a suit as separates. Especially if they are in a casual fabric such as tweed or color like brown.
would black derby shoes with broguing work with dark wash denim?
Andrew Martin (9 days ago)
This video could not have come out at a better time - with fall quickly approaching I'm going to start wearing jeans more often. Growing up in sunny southern California I never had the need or interest to wear jeans. Now that I'm in Indiana jeans are much more of a necessity. Still I've never really liked the jeans + sweater look. This is a great way to incorporate dressier menswear a and still wear jeans. Thanks for the advice, Gentleman's Gazette!
captain0ldy0da (9 days ago)
Denim is for work wear. You may as well wear trainers with a tuxedo.
john c (9 days ago)
I would love to get your opinion on something, obviously you should match your shoes to you belt, but do you really need to wear a suede belt with suede shoes or is this an opurtunity where you can simply match the shoes with a more casual weaved belt or such? thanks
Canadious (8 days ago)
I would match the colour over the materials in this case.
Temo Harri (9 days ago)
I also don't like pairing dress jackets with jeans, but I follow the same idea about jacket fabric mixed with solid color jeans, and type your shoe look that fits.
Bob Mob (9 days ago)
If you do wear a jacket and jeans, wear brown shoes and not black!
ThePatriarch (9 days ago)
Just wear chinos especially if you are going to wear leather shoes.
Christopher H. (9 days ago)
Very well done, Rafael. I often wonder what newer elements of men's style are simply trends (the vast majority, I believe), and what will one day be considered classic style. I have a feeling that this pairing is here to stay; however, even if it is not, I very much appreciate that the Gentleman's Gazette addresses many of the more popular current trends and helps us make them work within a classic framework. Keep up the good work!

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