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The Navy Shirt Jacket Is Your New Office Go-To

English outfitters Drake's know a thing or two about a versatile topper.
IMAGE Graham Pollack
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The rules of getting dressed for work—and everywhere else—have changed. And while this shouldn't come as any grand surprise, you'd be forgiven if you need to readjust to the new world order. Because where a standard navy suit used to be the can't-miss option for nearly every office, that's no longer the case. What's a guy to do? 

I'll tell you what he should do: Buy a navy shirt jacket. Get one that's as easy to dress up as it is to dress down. Then never worry about what you'll wear to work—or on the weekend, or pretty much any time—ever again. The expert English brand Drake's has one that ticks all the right boxes. Here's why it's worth your dough.


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It's Just Dressy Enough... 

Drake's has its roots in the worlds of tailoring and accessories. The brand rose to prominence as a purveyor of truly exceptional ties and scarves before branching out into suiting, trousers, and the like. But things have really gotten interesting over the last few years, as creative director Michael Hill and the gang have ventured into semi-casual territory. This shirt jacket has all the hallmarks of a high-end shirt, plus a crisp cotton fabrication and a close-to-the-body cut that make it feel (almost) as buttoned-up as a sport coat. Go ahead and wear it with a tie and a white button-front. You'll see what I mean. 


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...But Not Too Dressy. 

Then again, if you want to try it with a T-shirt and a pair of jeans, go for it. The multi-pocket front owes a debt of gratitude to classic military styles, which means it's just a little more laid-back than your standard blazer. Plus, the brighter blue color pairs beautifully with everything from washed-down denim to chinos. Hell, you could even toss it on with a pair of sweatpants if you're just hanging out on the weekend.


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It's Made to Last.

Drake's isn't the kind of brand that traffics in a "one season and done" mentality. This overshirt is handcrafted in the United Kingdom by a group of men and women that take real pride in their work. So you can rest assured that each seam is pretty much perfect—right down to the individual stitch. And while it's simply nice to know something you own is made with care, it's even better to know what that means in the long run: Years from now, this shirt won't just look as good as the day you bought it—it'll look even better.

Photography by Graham Pollack • Prop styling by Jill Telesnicki • Easy Chair by Design Within Reach • Furniture by and special thanks to Kalon Studios

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.shirt

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