Originally Posted by chorse123
Anyway, it made me wonder. Do you wear a blazer? If so, how, when, why? If not, why not?
Yes. Blazers are indispensable in my wardrobe. My body shape has changed very little in the last three decades. So, I simply kept adding to my wardrobe of fashionably invisible clothes as time and budget allowed. Resultantly, I have collected a fair number of always-in-style blazers over the years. I enjoy them one and all.
Hanging in the closet amongst the odd jackets are four of the two button Oxxford hopsack single-breasted blazers in a light tobacco, a medium gray, a darker blue, and a navy blue. The tobacco is unvented and has patch pockets while the others have the more typically seen center vent and welted pockets with flaps. The buttons are the older style metal ones in which a thin, grooved surface blank is press fit onto the back that's sewn to the jacket. Whether the buttons are brass-colored or pewter-colored, they are supplied to Oxxford with a faux patina.
Additionally, there are two old Sulka odd jackets with metal buttons hanging with the others. The Sulka jackets are blazerish. One is a two button single-breasted black camel hair with patch pockets. It has no vent. The gold-tone buttons are textured in a heavy basket weave pattern and marked Sulka on the back. The other is a navy blue cashmere two button with hacking (and a ticket) pockets and dual vents. However, the gold-tone buttons have a black insert with the older Sulka script in a gold color.
Then . . . there is also one unvented double-breasted (six into two) Oxxford navy blue gabardine model with the same brass buttons and their faux patina. This blazer was shown in my avatar prior to the server crash. Now, I'll have to dig-up that or some other photo to complete the newest SF file.
It just seems that the single-breasted blazers are tremendously versatile. They serve well for any event. I can dress-up or dress-down with those. Invariably, the moment someone spies me in the navy blue double-breasted gabardine, the good-natured comments about Commander Schwepps or Admiral so-and-so begin.
I have a few other solid color odd jackets with bone buttons. However, I think they appear too dressy to even go without a tie. When I am not certain of a dress code and don't want to miss the mark, I usually wear a blazer. I just bring a tie discreetly folded and tucked into an interior pocket of a blazer. If the event looks like it calls for a tie, I am prepared. Otherwise, the tie stays hidden.