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Solved: a teenage boy’s summer-prom outfit dilemma

A classic blazer with a cool, funky edge

Solved: a teenage boy’s summer-prom outfit dilemma

May 03 2010
Susan Banton

When my son asked for a blazer for his school’s summer prom, I was tempted to check out the classic designs at Ralph Lauren. But he’s still a growing boy, so we decided to seek out something a little less expensive and a little more funky.

After much searching, I stumbled across Lyle & Scott, a Scottish brand that cleverly manages to blend conservative-classic with contemporary-cool. He opted for the unstructured blazer in navy – also available in a striking gun grey – from the brand’s Heritage range. Lined with soft cotton and classically cut, it is given an extra edge by embellishments such as the three front pockets and a subtle, stylised eagle badge sewn on the left chest. And it’s very reasonably priced at just £153.

My son likes the collection so much, I suggested he also check out the shirts in the range – currently he’s musing over the Heritage cotton-piqué short-sleeved polo shirt, £46 (available in 12 colours including sun yellow, mid-grey marl and moss green) and the Saltire blue men’s short-sleeved shirt in cotton with classic vertical stripes, £66. I think he should get both.