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how to 'dress up' navy blazer as much as possible?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
hi folks,

long story short, i have a holiday dinner to attend very soon and do not have suit to wear. i can't afford to buy a new suit and not to mention the short timing...

however, i DO have a very nice navy blazer with brass buttons.

what would be the best way to dress up the blazer as much as possible? the dress code for the dinner is 'dressy' not necessarily formal. but some men may be really dressed up and women may wear gowns.

i have a few pairs of nice trousers, shoes, ties, etc i can probably make work.

i was thinking:

- medium gray trousers
- white shirt
- dark tie?
- black lace ups
- linen pocket square

mostly not sure about color of shirt and tie. what color of tie works best with navy and gray? solid navy tie or brown maybe? are repp stripes considered more dressy? also, i do have a pair of charcoal gray trousers, would that be better?

thanks!
post #2 of 11
1. Replace the brass buttons with something clean and simple. 2. White shirt, slim fit, spread collar 3. Get a decent shoeshine 4. Solid tie, perfect knot. 5. Dark grey trou Done.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks for your help, one more specific question: what color solid tie works best with navy and dark gray? or, what would you recommend?
post #4 of 11
Its all about accesories, you want to stay with clean simple colors and patterns as well. A nice white or lt blue shirt, nice pastel or bold tie and matching pocket square.
post #5 of 11
Replace the metal buttons with black horn. White shirt, perhaps with French cuffs. Blue ground tie with small geometrical/floral designs, not too many colours. Medium to dark grey flannel trousers. Well-shined black shoes. White linen pocket square if you feel like it.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
french cuffs, great idea! i even have a white shirt w/ french cuffs!

also, don't mean to keep repeating myself but, which colors go best with navy and dark gray to 'dress up' the outfit? i'm color blind and need help in the color department.
post #7 of 11
Hard to be definitive without knowing your age/location/etc. But don't bother replacing the buttons. Unless you can do it yourself, it's not worth paying a tailor, and you probably don't have time, anyway. White shirt is great, but french cuffs could look out of place, and if you buy the shirt now, you'll almost certainly get one with wrists way too big, which looks terrible. Use something you own, since you won't be taking it off anyway -- with a blazer a button-down collar is prob best, but not a big deal anyway. Brown tie is out, given the black shoes (and for other reasons) and a solid navy tie will probably, depending on the silk and the lighting, look too monotonous with a navy blazer. I'd go with burgundy if possible, but a dark repp tie will also work. If you wear a repp ties, knot it as a standard four-in-hand -- not worth pretending you're more dressed up than you are, and you'll instead appear Trad, which is no sin in this context. Pocket square is a nice touch, but only leave the house with it if you feel comfortable and are prepared to get some grief for it.

Most importantly, just be who you are and don't sweat it too much. Even at black tie weddings there are guests in blazers -- the guy across the table from you at an ill-defined "dressy" holiday dinner will probably be wearing a red plaid jacket, and almost certainly will get more compliments on his dress, for what that's worth.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by doomgazer View Post
french cuffs, great idea! i even have a white shirt w/ french cuffs!

also, don't mean to keep repeating myself but, which colors go best with navy and dark gray to 'dress up' the outfit? i'm color blind and need help in the color department.


Pretty much any colour tie. I would go for something reasonably bold such as red with small pattern or solid gold. Get pocket square of similar colours but do not match.

White shirt with french cuffs sounds fine.
post #9 of 11
Black lace up shoes sound good.
Medium grey trousers are fine. How dark are the charcoal trousers? If there is still a noticeable difference from the navy the charcoal is a bit dressier.
Shirt should be white or light blue poplin with a spread collar and french cuffs.
A solid tie is good. I would do navy (if it isn't too much navy for you) or silver. Those will go well and look most formal.
The brass buttons on the blazer are fine. If you change them to horn it will look like a suit coat. I prefer silver-coloured metals or mother of pearl for my blazers.
A simple white linen pocket square would go nicely.
post #10 of 11
+1 to leaving the brass buttons on.
Perhaps add an agressively designed pocket square? Make sure it contrastly compliments the tie.
post #11 of 11
Since it's a holiday party, I think you're playing it a bit safe. Why not add some color or pattern - for example with a paisley tie and a colorful pocket square? (For the PS, I find silk more festive than linen.)

It's up to you of course, but blue blazer, gray pants, plain shirt, repp tie and linen PS sounds a bit bland for a party.
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