Judging by his appearance at a Vampire Diaries press conference this week, Ian Somerhalder is keen to show all of us how we ought to be switching our wardrobes into smart-casual, warm-weather mode. His bright blue, linen sports coat, worn over dark pants, featured a peaked lapel and a purple pocket-square, creating an expensive, still-relaxed look perfect for semi-casual engagements. Although his lapels gaped a bit and the arms could have been a fraction shorter, the jacket’s rich blue made up for any imperfections. Combined with dark, tailored pants, it’s the perfect smart-casual look.
If you turned 30 a few years ago, like I did, you might be starting to get bored of wearing jeans and T-shirts at the weekend. In your 20s, dressing down at the weekends is obligatory, but once you turn a certain age, it becomes more flattering to wear smart-casual attire more often. Somerhalder, 35 himself, is a great example of a man who knows how to dress elegantly even when he’s dressing “down.” Combined with a shirt and jeans, a tailored sports coat in a beautiful color like this vibrant blue is a great investment for any man in his 30s wanting to smarten up his weekend vibe. Click on “Get the Look” for an example of a pre-designed sports coat in a great checked blue.