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I own a grand total of one traditional navy blazer. Brass buttons, single breasted, patch pockets, notch lapels, the whole traditional package. One thing you always hear from people on this forum is that this is a wardrobe staple. I have no reason to doubt this BUT there is something that has been in the back of my mind lately. I rarely ever wear the thing. Most of the people who post here rarely ever wear one. What gives? If this is such an essential part of a wardrobe why do you never see them featured in WAYWRN or Good Taste? I honestly feel like I could live my life entirely without a blazer like this. For some reason I really want a linen navy blazer with MOP buttons though... anyway, I digress. 

 

What is the word, wardrobe essential, or live without it? The reason I ask is that I was also thinking that if I ever did decide to wear mine more regularly I'm not even sure I'd know how to do that properly. If yours is something you regularly wear, what do you pair it with? Genuinely curious here.

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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

I own a grand total of one traditional navy blazer. Brass buttons, single breasted, patch pockets, notch lapels, the whole traditional package. One thing you always hear from people on this forum is that this is a wardrobe staple. I have no reason to doubt this BUT there is something that has been in the back of my mind lately. I rarely ever wear the thing. Most of the people who post here rarely ever wear one. What gives? If this is such an essential part of a wardrobe why do you never see them featured in WAYWRN or Good Taste? I honestly feel like I could live my life entirely without a blazer like this. For some reason I really want a linen navy blazer with MOP buttons though... anyway, I digress. 

 

What is the word, wardrobe essential, or live without it? The reason I ask is that I was also thinking that if I ever did decide to wear mine more regularly I'm not even sure I'd know how to do that properly. If yours is something you regularly wear, what do you pair it with? Genuinely curious here.

I have 2 navy blazers and wear both regularly. I usually pair with mid-gray flannel pants in the fall/winter, light gray worsted pants in the spring/summer, or mid-brown pants. I have also worn it in social situations with khakis. FWIW, mine has flap pockets and horn buttons, not metal. If I had the metal buttons, there is a good chance I would not wear it, as I just don't think I would feel comfortable in that kind of jacket.

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I wear mine at least twice a week. I have one in wool, in heavy-weight cotton, and in linen. One for every season. With jeans, grey flannels, grey or beige cotton trousers. I could go on, but you get the point. smile.gif

Oh, but none have gold buttons. Just not my style.
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I have 2 navy blazers and wear both regularly. I usually pair with mid-gray flannel pants in the fall/winter, light gray worsted pants in the spring/summer, or mid-brown pants. I have also worn it in social situations with khakis. FWIW, mine has flap pockets and horn buttons, not metal. If I had the metal buttons, there is a good chance I would not wear it, as I just don't think I would feel comfortable in that kind of jacket.

 

I have no problem with real horn buttons. I can definitely get behind that. But do you see what I mean when it comes to the traditional brass buttoned blazer? Every so often you'll see double breasted navy blazers with brass buttons featured on SF, but rarely the single breasted. I think you wear your blazer like I would wear mine. I'd be alright with wearing it with khaki but it would have to be a rather light shade.

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none have gold buttons. Just not my style.

 

Two for the "no brass" buttons. I wonder if this is the element that goes wrong. I've never had a problem with brass buttons but other than wearing them on my old Army class As I find it very difficult to know how to do it properly.

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Remember, SF is not a good barometer of what you should do. And this shows another reason why looking at pictures is misleading. People take pictures of what they want to show-off, not what they consider normal.
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= People take pictures of what they want to show-off, not what they consider normal.

Yes, true.

I wear blazers all the time.
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People take pictures of what they want to show-off, not what they consider normal.

 

I thought this might have something to do with it, however there are some people who have taken up the cause of the navy blazer that post pictures almost every day. Is it not possible to show off a navy blazer too? Especially something considered so essential to a wardrobe? SF seems to be the land of the odd jacket, and that's cool. I like odd jackets. But there seems to be a "Do as I say, not as I do." mentality about the blazer. In theory everyone loves them. In practice you never see it.

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Currently I have a weird Frankenstein's monster of an informal navy blazer that I had my alteration tailor make from scratch based on photos. She's a women's tailor specializing in couture, so it's not exactly her area of expertise, still it turned out okay, even if significantly different from what I intended (and at a total cost of around $100).

It's fused, thick navy worsted, patch pockets, 4x1 DB with dark blue resin buttons and notch lapels (yea I know, OMG). Still it looks acceptable (gives off a school uniform feel due to the notch), so I wear it quite a lot. In fact I love how informal it is.

I'll post some photos later, I guess it must be shown off.

 

Anyway, I'm planning on getting a more formal, proper 6x2 with brass buttons and peak lapels sometime. I personally don't feel the need to get a SB navy blazer at all.

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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

I thought this might have something to do with it, however there are some people who have taken up the cause of the navy blazer that post pictures almost every day. Is it not possible to show off a navy blazer too? Especially something considered so essential to a wardrobe? SF seems to be the land of the odd jacket, and that's cool. I like odd jackets. But there seems to be a "Do as I say, not as I do." mentality about the blazer. In theory everyone loves them. In practice you never see it.

Half the time I reach for a suit, I reach for my plain navy hopsack. But I don't think I've ever taken pictures of it to show online. The bottom line is that what people show is not a good example. Also, consider that people who literally post every day are people likely to pick their clothes based on what would be interesting to post.
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Not that this is of any use, but I posted a lot of blazer fits back in the day.
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Half the time I reach for a suit, I reach for my plain navy hopsack. But I don't think I've ever taken pictures of it to show online. The bottom line is that what people show is not a good example. Also, consider that people who literally post every day are people likely to pick their clothes based on what would be interesting to post.

 

Fair point. That's too bad though, because I feel like it is a gap that us noobs don't get enough information on in SF. Maybe I'll just take the plunge and start experimenting with it and see what you guys think. It's bound to be painful at first but I'm sure it will get better with time.

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Not that this is of any use, but I posted a lot of blazer fits back in the day.

 

Well, I'd be interested in seeing what you do with them if you ever decide to display what you do with them on SF again. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

Fair point. That's too bad though, because I feel like it is a gap that us noobs don't get enough information on in SF. Maybe I'll just take the plunge and start experimenting with it and see what you guys think. It's bound to be painful at first but I'm sure it will get better with time.

This is exactly why you guys should spend more time reading stuff and less time browsing SF and tumblrs. Flusser is a good start.
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Two for the "no brass" buttons. I wonder if this is the element that goes wrong.

For me, the brass buttons scream "I'm a wannabe Admiral!". biggrin.gif
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