Originally Posted by THEiii
Any thoughts on a made to measure peaked lapel, single breasted blue blazer? I am from the South and wear the hell out a blue blazer. Already have a double breasted - but prefer single. Thought it might be nice to mix it up a bit.
This could be interesting. If you did this, you'd have to tread carefully though and notch lapels may be better on the SB blazer. I'm open to being proven wrong, but I'd think that patch pockets and peak lapels would look strange together (patch pockets being casual features, peak lapels being considered more formal). You could always do flap pockets, but make sure you don't end up with something that looks like an orphaned suit coat.
Some here argue that peak lapels do not belong on single breasted odd jackets (double breasted coats should always take peak lapels in most people's view, I think, mine included) for the same reason (peak lapels are formal, odd jackets are more casual than suits / tuxes where you see peaks). I disagree slightly with this, though I count myself in the minority by a good amount on this one, and think that an odd jacket which does not have too many casual features can work with peak lapels in some cases. A blazer would fall into this category.
At the very least, I would not do a patch breast pocket; too much mixing of levels of formality in a tiny area. Also, the more suit-coat like features your blazer has, the more important it is to make sure you have buttons that do not match the coat, i.e. metal buttons. Since this is your second blazer, I'd try something a bit different than what you have on the blazer you have now. If you have gold buttons, try silver or perhaps, for a summer jacket, smoked mother of pearl. Get a slightly different look out of each blazer.