The Great Navy Blazer Conundrum - Page 7
Here, you see a lot of the less explicitly country tweeds: black/white herringbone and the like. However, it also seems that the sports jacket is losing ground among younger generations. If they need to dress up, they wear a suit, and otherwise, streetwear. The middle point, odd jacket, possibly with tie, is being eroded.
I don't know about that. Suits, odd suit-jackets and sport coats are extremely common on young folks over here, especially on weekends. Probably more common than I can ever recall. They're typically not styled by CM standards, however; more like how Miguel looks here:
(I myself love this look, but I realize it might not be to the typical CMer's taste.)
I don't agree with this at all. In Britain, a navy blazer with brass buttons and grey trousers has always been de rigueur for any daytime occasion that requires a little smartness. It is definitely not Americana; nor does it have any real maritime connotations anymore. In fact my father, a thoroughbred Englishman, uses such blazers as his only odd jackets -- he has several in both DB and SB configurations and in different weights.
In my opinion, the initial question is solved: the real blazer (with brass buttons) is too conspicuous for everyday wear. However, exchange the buttons material to horn or mother of pearl and the problem is solved.
Good looking jacket! I'm going to commission a similar one next year with a welt breast pocket (I hate breast patch pockets). Right now, waiting the deliver of a summer BlazerSuit™ (linen and silk, 6x2, hip patches, smoked MOP buttons).
I'd be interested to hear whether you find a linen and silk blend hot in summer.
I had a navy silk, wool and linen blend that was cool in summer. It was light, it breathed well and the wool and silk helped minimize the typical wrinkles you get from linen. My son in law, as a result, purchased a similar blend in a cream suit for his wedding for a beach ceremony in Mexico during June. He managed to stay comfortable despite the hight temps and wicked humidity.
Honestly, I don't have any deep info about it. I bought it in a local shop, but it's the best summer cloth that I've ever wore.
It doesn't wrinkle nor rumple, it's really lightweight and breathes as no other cloth that I've ever wore. The down side is, I feel that it will wear quickly.
The fabric seems to be an Hopsack with a moulinè/jaspè effect, actually I am not too convinced that this fabric could work with gold buttons, probably bright plain silver will work better, what do you think?
(I still own blazer with MOP and antiqued silver button, so they aren't an option)
Edited by alexSF - 2/23/13 at 6:06am
I don't see a problem with brass buttons for that jacket. Not a fan of silver. The brass reminds me of a traditional military uniform and expresses echoes of that past. Silver doesn't really say anything to me. But that's just my opinion of course. It has no basis in any "rule" or polite requirement that I know of.