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When it comes to casual menswear, denim is the obvious and easy choice.

It is available in myriad fabrics and with washing, creates unique lived-in looks that personalize to the wearer. To style your denim to the max, wear with any number of short jackets (also known as Blousons).

So, with that in mind, here's a heads up on 4 different denim + blouson ideas to create a menswear weekend look to wear as the temperature drops a few degrees after the summer months.

 

Casual Look 1 - CALIFORNIAN COOL

This look is all about laid back West Coast style. The faded jeans and the white t-shirt is a respectful nod to the panache of James Dean in his timeless 'Rebel Without a Cause' outfit.

James Dean menswear look

But to add a modern twist, we have chosen this buttery soft leather jacket from Lot78. The cut is biased in accord with your favourite shirts: short on the side and longer on the back. These small details make a big impact on the design and give the overall style that effortlessly cool vibe.

Match this jacket with your favourite white shirt or t-shirt and blue jeans for that casual, yet rebellious style.

 

Casual Look 2 - PREPPY STYLE

While all of our casual looks feature denim, for the Preppy Style we subverted it, with the denim being worn up top, in the form of a blue quilted blouson from the always hyper stylish Kiton.

As the jacket is quilted, it works well for spring or fall and that detail around the collar raises this jacket above the average denim jacket. With an original price tag of $3250, this is an absolute steal now at its current Sartoriale Menswear Sale price of only 890 dollars!

Kiton blue blouson for men

The bold color of raspberry corduroy pants from Italia Independent (or these orange pants by Luigi Borrelli) may feel a tad extrovert for most, but when matched with this jacket, they present themselves as being 100% natural.

The finishing touches to the preppy look are the green striped crewneck and this super soft black equestrian leather belt, again from Kiton Napoli. 

If the green stripes don't do it for you, then this outfit would also work nicely with this rather dashing Fred Perry Blue cotton t-shirt with white retro collar

 

Casual Look 3 - DESIGNER EDGE

Contemporary urban youth culture always plays a big part in any fashion designer's mind when putting together the next season for the catwalk collection.

This Alexander McQueen blouson is drenched in cutting edge rock n roll, crossed with a modern electronica vibe. It's perfect for going to see a gig, or a DJ set and even an opening for an edgy underground artist in an uber cool gallery.

Blouson jacket for men by Alexander McQueen

To nail the look, you should think on the dark side with a black cotton long sleeve t-shirt by John Galliano paired with light gray jeans and the ubiquitous Kiton black leather belt.

 

Casual Look 4 - ITALIAN TOUCH

Despite flight jackets not being an Italian invention, the Italians were the ones who created the style for luxurious leisure wear.

The key to this look lies in the choice of fabric, which has to feel like the softest suede on the planet. There is no better outfit for a weekend capuccino on the piazza or visiting exhibitions in the city's best galleries and museums.

Grenn Suede Blouson jacket for men

When there is an autumn chill in the air, opt for a knitted polo shirt to wear under the jacket. Apart from keeping you warm, this look has a certain ambience of sophisticated mid-century gentleman to it.

Your outfit needs some rugged, yet stylish navy blue jeans (option 1: Imogene jeans or option 2: Dsquared jeans). 

Then finish off the look with a brown leather Kiton casual belt and a striped cotton long-sleeve polo: a brown striped number by Luciano Barbera (worn by the model above) or a gray beige striped cashmere sweater from the legendary sartorial house of Rubinacci.

This style also works perfectly well by substituting the jacket for a more traditional beige suede, like this bomber jacket by Kiton, which a RRP of $5,750, but available on Sartoriale now for a very nice price of $1,450.

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