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jeans plus blazer or suit jacket: the "business mullet"

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/08/open_and_shut/

post #2 of 12

I don't think there's anything wrong with a sport jacket and jeans.  Suit jacket?  Yes.  Faded/torn/light jeans?  Yes, few of us can pull that off.  But a nice pair of dark jeans with a coat that is obviously an odd piece?  I think it looks good on younger guys...

 

...like myself...

 

...because I wear this combo often.

post #3 of 12

I wore a medium blue sportcoat with dark Levi's this weekend.  Nothing wrong with doing so if the situation allows.  While I wouldn't wear this combo to a top club or a nice restaurant, it was certainly a decent choice for an art exhibit called "The Dirty Show" held in a warehouse.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yeah. It can look good wit the right jacket plus dark jeans in good condition. 

post #5 of 12
Echoing others' comments that it looks good in the right context.
post #6 of 12
In the the right context - which is commonplace jeans plus sports coat or blazer is fine. The description being given is fatuous.
post #7 of 12
How long have people been wearing this combination? Seems odd for hate talk to surface now..... As for me, I like the blazer and jeans look.
post #8 of 12
lets be honest here, there is a difference between a programmer in ripped jeans and a t-shirt putting on an old suit jacket and someone dressing purposefully in slim dark jeans and a sports jacket.
post #9 of 12

not a fan of jeans with a blazer

post #10 of 12
great idea to take tips from a techie who dresses like this

post #11 of 12

As with anything, a blazer is not a blazer is not a blazer; an SC is not an SC is not an SC; a pair of jeans...you get the idea. Success or failure with this combination really depends on the items being combined.

 

Rough, faded jeans with a finely woven, worsted blazer = fail. Dark jeans with a herringbone tweed, or a similarly sporty jacket, can be a decent combo. Generally speaking, the further from a suit jacket the odd jacket looks, the more likely it is to be successful with jeans. And the further from a pair of torn-up dad jeans a pair of jeans looks, the more likely it is to be successful with an odd jacket. Both items need to be drifting in the opposite directions of formality, meeting somewhere near the middle. (Though, to be honest, they're meeting somewhere closer to the jeans side of the spectrum. Getting a sufficiently rustic jacket into the mix is more often the challenge than getting a sufficiently dressy pair of jeans).

 

Glaringly bad examples of the "business mullet" tend to feature stark contrasts between the two items, for instance, an orphaned suit jacket -- often black, at that -- paired with faded, ripped jeans.

post #12 of 12
A blazer with jeans would be a little bit too much blue at one time for me, but I do the sport coat thing fairly regularly in casual situations.
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