By Martin van Dop
With the restrictions that airlines nowadays put on both check-in and carry-on luggage, the modern frequent traveler has turned packing light into an art form. Being able to get by on just a small trolley or bag makes life so much easier. Packing light to me means picking outfits and garments that can be combined for various social occasions. A blazer with jeans or other more casual pants, with a nice shirt and the right shoes, work perfectly for me as a business casual outfit. In comes the Bluffworks blazer. Our friend Mike had previously reviewed their pants and raved about them. Recently, Bluffworks asked me to try out their blazer. Here are my impressions.
For me, being ‘tall and slim’ (6’9”) finding the right blazer can be quite a challenge. I want something a little tailored, with the right sleeve length and, since it has to endure quite some folding and stowing, made of a material that is easy to clean and preferably wrinkle free. I know, that’s a “tall” order.
Bluffworks specifically makes “versatile travel clothes designed to go anywhere and still look great”. Perfect for what I was looking for. Their website is easy to navigate and I was grateful for a little advice on whether I should go for the Classic or Slim Fit. Again, I am tall but I definitely do not want a baggy blazer. After communicating my measurements to their team, the advice was to go for the classic fit and that turned out to be spot on.
About the Fit
It goes without saying that my arm length is not average, and I am very sensitive about having the right sleeve length. Ideally, the sleeves on my Bluffworks blazer could have been half an inch longer, but I have not made any alterations and I feel confident with the sleeve length as is. Mind you, there is plenty of fabric to have that half an inch laid out by a tailor. Perhaps I will send it to a tailor in the future but for now I happily wear it as is.
Bluffworks Blazer on the Go…
When traveling I like to keep my possessions close, and the Bluffworks blazer features a staggering 10 (!) pockets. Cell phone, passport, business cards, wallet, plenty of space to carry them. Within a time frame of two months I was able to wear my Bluffworks blazer on three very fitting occasions: a networking barbecue at the Dutch embassy, the very fancy Virginia Gold Cup horse races and a wedding in Bavaria Germany, where temps exceeded 90F. The blazer has the look and feel of wool yet is breathable and the fact that it’s wrinkle free made it perfect for a 2 week trip through Europe.
A good blazer is an investment piece. At $295, the Bluffworks blazer falls into that category. However, I guarantee you that you will get your money’s worth out of this versatile piece. Having traveled with the blazer in my garment bag several times, it’s impressive that all I have to do is shake it out and wear it. For more information about Bluffworks, click here.