Jack White's musical ventures always come with a signature look, one that usually gives a clue as to his latest sonic direction. So if the ultra-minimalist garage blues of early White Stripes came dressed down in monochrome red-and-white, and boho chic plus vintage Westernwear heralded the Raconteurs' take on classic FM rock, what to make of his latest style choice?
For the video to Lazaretto — the title track of his second solo album (out tomorrow) — White has donned an epic paisley-ish printed suit. Which seems about right for a tune that is nothing if not incredibly busy, featuring crunching hard-rock solos, a seriously funky bass line and a jumble of lyrics delivered with a vaguely hip-hop accented verbal dexterity. Oh, and a nice violin solo at the end.
Even if you're not quite ready for the full floral-flavored two-piece — and, to be honest, unless you're an iconoclastic rock star with his own super-stylized mini empire of music production, we advise proceeding with caution — a killer patterned blazer can be a striking and surprisingly versatile addition to your summer wardrobe. Sport yours with a crisp white button-down or a plain black tee, throw on some slim black or gray jeans with a cuff and a nice pair of black boots. Finally, take a tip from Jack and muss up your locks — loud suit jacket + super-slick hair is a little too gameshow host.