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post #31 of 50
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

If you were to replace the buttons, and remove the nylon, this would be a preppy classic, and appropriate to wear on a plethora of occasions.

The classic preppy version has brass buttons, even on a fabric like that.

Seriously, why do so many people here hate brass buttons? They're fine. Desirable, in fact. The navy blazer with brass buttons is the classic, the version without them is the derivative variation. Flannel is perfectly fine, and a classic winter variation.

And I agree with those saying that in the US, a blazer is just a step below a suit. A flannel version would be a little less formal than that, but still perfectly appropriate to wear to an office where suits are worn most days.
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

"I want one" is a demand a 6-year-old boy makes to his mother.

 

Well, this is getting a little ridiculous. Tone and inflection are not transferred very well through the medium of an online forum, but I don't think the statement was meant to be offensive. In any case, I'm going to opt out of the rest of this conversation before things get needlessly complicated.

 

OP, final thought on the blazer, I'm not a fan of jackets with any synthetic fibers. They don't breathe as well, don't feel as soft, and generally look cheap. That being said, I honestly can't tell by looking at the pictures of that jacket and I doubt anyone you are likely to meet will care if there is nylon in your blazer. So hey, get it if you want it.

post #33 of 50
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

The classic preppy version has brass buttons, even on a fabric like that.

Seriously, why do so many people here hate brass buttons? They're fine. Desirable, in fact. The navy blazer with brass buttons is the classic, the version without them is the derivative variation. Flannel is perfectly fine, and a classic winter variation.

And I agree with those saying that in the US, a blazer is just a step below a suit. A flannel version would be a little less formal than that, but still perfectly appropriate to wear to an office where suits are worn most days.

Yes, that's all very well, no one has disagreed with anything you've written. The point is: what about the flapped-patch pockets?
post #34 of 50
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

Yes, that's all very well, no one has disagreed with anything you've written. The point is: what about the flapped-patch pockets?

A detail that affects nothing in this case, as far as I'm concerned.
post #35 of 50
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

A detail that affects nothing in this case, as far as I'm concerned.

That's a very misleading thing to say for any reader who wants to learn about the levels of formality that different details imply. You're muddying the waters when this forum is supposed to be informative.
post #36 of 50
Loathing, are you in the UK? As I think empty said, this is the classic Brooks version, so might be more reliably acceptable here vs the UK.
post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Loathing, are you in the UK? As I think empty said, this is the classic Brooks version, so might be more reliably acceptable here vs the UK.

I am indeed. I think that might be the reason for the disagreement. I am fairly au fait with Ivy Style and American style, although evidently not enough.
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post #39 of 50
Haha, it all makes sense now.
Although, it is really the trifecta of buttons+pockets+flannel that I find incongruous. Take 2 out of 3 of those and I'd say you're okay in London, for the most part.
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post #41 of 50
Thread Starter 

All the opinions here are very helpful. Thanks for all. 

post #42 of 50

Loathing: I was addressing the OP with the "what's your source" comment, and my opinion on the jacket is very much indebted to ivy style. I agree that, by English standards, that particular jacket is somewhat outside of convention. It may have been wise for me to have worded things more politely, but oh well.
 

post #43 of 50

Let's get this straight. Whatever the pockets are like, a blazer is a more informal piece of clothing than a suit whether in Britain or the USA. Even the cut is traditionally softer than suit jackets. The only time that 'formality' enters into the equation is in the sense that they are required in some specific circumstances - i.e. boat clubs, school uniform etc. But in general, in terms of Classic Menswear, blazers are casual - they are what you throw on over your sporting whites or, in the armed forces, over trousers and a shirt when off duty. The brass buttons are also entirely traditional in the British context (their origins are naval although that was a long way back), although horn or other kinds are equally appropriate. Oh, and they don't have to be blue at all. In fact, until relatively recently more often than not, they weren't. But that's another story.

post #44 of 50

Looks perfectly fine as a casual blazer. Gold/metal buttons are a personal "like 'em or loathe 'em" deal but if you like them, can't see much wrong with it. If you don't like them, you can always change them anyway. 10% nylon is unlikely to have any particularly significant consequences beyond your peace of mind. Some people just don't want any nylon in their clothes; others care less. I'm neurotic enough to care about it but still, 10% is low enough that I woudln't be too concerned about it in a RTW odd jacket.

 

I'm one of those that doesn't like metal-buttoned navy blazers in general though, so take my thoughts with a pinch of salt. I wore one as a kid for, well, it must have been over a decade, and can't bring myself to ever want to wear one again. I actually enjoyed school, but the metal-buttoned blazer is indelibly associated with schooldays in my mind.

post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

Let's get this straight. Whatever the pockets are like, a blazer is a more informal piece of clothing than a suit whether in Britain or the USA.

I don't mean to be rude, but this is not categorically true. A tweed suit, for example, is never as formal as a serge navy blazer. Nor is a linen suit. Nor is any suit with a loud check. Nor any suit in a bold colour. Et cetera.
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