Can anyone shed some light on this and if so, what would be better colour odd trousers to have made? Two colours.
Thanks for any feedback in advance
The security guard impression is most likely the more of these it hits: quality of the clothes is poor, the fit is long or baggy, the shoes clunky, the shirt is a medium or french blue solid color, or the person wearing them (in the US at least) is black. I'm black BTW.
If you're doing it with well-tailored clothes, an interesting patterned shirt (or a pink shirt perhaps), and/or a nice tie and nice shoes, it's less likely to look that way. In other words, if you dress well, that combo is fine and versatile.
With all due respect, if they are a well dressed security staff, then surely an equally well dressed security guard in a suit could pass as a lawyer or a businessman of moderate status?
I don't mean to be rude or what not. I'm not exactly a high flying lawyer and not so fussed as coming across as looking like a well dressed security guard. A bouncer and perhaps, I'd be worried.
I've come across some men working in real estate agents who were wearing very, very nice suits and shoes and out of place given the job. Is this a case of overthinking the security guard look? If it's avoidable, then I'll just do that rather than even have to worry about it, I guess.
I'm under 25, and don't think I'd ever get mistaken for a security guard but would rather avoid the look.
I already have a navy blazer which I had made so I'm not really looking to pick up another for the amount of wear it gets.
Do you think there are any colours that can work with the jacket?
I presume by cottons, we mean chinos but ones cut like trousers? I already have some chinos (casual) and often pair them so wanted a pair of trousers that were different. Flannels sound like a good idea, but are they all year round?
I agree with what has been said above about good fit, good quality, etc.
The security guard quips always amuse me. I actually rarely see security guards wearing blazer and greys in the UK. Usually 'smart' security guards are dressed in poorly fitting suits (mid-light grey in both the places I most recently visited).
You mentioned you were looking for a UK perspective. I would add that the blazer has traditionally been worn in very specific social / sporting contexts in the UK. Unlike in the US, it is seen much less commonly in the workplace.
Indeed, odd jackets are much less common in the workplace (at least in major cities). Business formal to business casual often involves moving from full suit to full suit without tie to ditching the jacket altogether. When you do see odd jackets in business contexts, it tends to be much more of an edgy, fashion-forward look, rather than classically styled blazers, tweeds or faux tweeds, etc. I think this is a shame, as a tailored jacket is a very practical garment in many ways.
The blue odd jacket is much more common in Italy. Swap brass buttons for brown horn and you are consciously stepping away from the non-business associations blazers have in the UK.