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My first navy blazer

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I just invested in a very nice Ralph Lauren navy Blazer. This is the first nice piece of clothing I own. What can I wear with this? I have seen guys wear it with tan dress pants and a tie and also with blue jeans and your basic Polo shirt. I am new to fashion and clothes and am welcoming your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions on how you wear yours and with what. Once again, thanks for the help..
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Ah, the blazer. You're going to find a wide difference of opinion on it. I personally (and rightly ) view the navy blazer as a traditional classic, others you will find believe that's it's been overdone to the point of cliche. Some will recommend toning down the brass buttons with blue enamel, etc. I agree with Roetzel, that if you don't want brass buttons then perhaps the blazer is not for you. All that said, the blazer is very versatile. You can dress it up to almost suit level dressiness with gray flannels and lace ups. They're perfect with chinos, loafers (penny, tassel, etc.), button down shirt and tie (or bow tie&#33. Of course, you can also take them down to casual jacket level with jeans, or to a college-y function with khakis and polo (or turtleneck) as you mentioned. There's a lot you can do. Take care of it and it will last for decades and only look better. Everyone needs (at least) one. (I assume, by the way, that yours is single breasted. DBs are great, too.)
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I have had a blazer in my closet since I was 15 and it was part of my school uniform: brown shoes, tan pants, white or blue button down, school tie. More recently I have paired one with an obnoxiously red vintage t-shirt and jeans, worn it over a tennis sweater, and used it as outerwear for a run to the corner store. I'm sure I'm breaking some rule or another by treating it with a bit of irreverence, but I don't believe that it nees to be worn in strict adherence to its rich history. Congratulations on the purchase - enjoy.
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Great purchase. A navy blazer is one of the most versitile items you can buy. I'm getting one MTM next week, it makes sense to invest in an item like this. You can wear it with almost anything except black pants. Don't pair it with black shoes either, or you'll look like a naval officer. That said, wear it with some colorful corduroy pants, orange, green, pink. It would look great for casual wear with distressed or even ripped jeans. Dress it up with a pair of grey slacks for the politician look. It looks good in the summer with white trousers. For the fall wear it with some plaid pants or brown cords. For shirts, go for a contrasting or complimentary color. Don't do the navy/navy thing. Again avoid black. Any dress shirt will look good underneath, but try to layer up for a better look. The more layers the better, take a look at the Ralph Lauren ads, just don't copy them or you'll end up looking too costumey. I'm not too into the turtleneck/blazer look, though you could try it.
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Mike, what kind of buttons are you getting on that MTM? I have a blazer I keep meaning to drag out but I don't like the hollow brigh brass buttons- might swap on some 'antique brass' ones from another jacket that doesn't fit me as well.
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Mike, what kind of buttons are you getting on that MTM? I have a blazer I keep meaning to drag out but I don't like the hollow brigh brass buttons- might swap on some 'antique brass' ones from another jacket that doesn't fit me as well.
Haven't decided, though I know I don't want the shiny gold buttons. I like the antique brass button idea. I'll have to look into it.
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I should send you mine, they're from Cerruti and they say "C" on them.
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Don't do the navy/navy thing. Again avoid black.
Speaking of navy/navy, I was speaking with a fellow just the other day with a navy suit on, or I thought it was until I noticed brass buttons. I looked more closely and he had paired a navy blazer with navy trousers. Don't, I repeat, don't do this. Or black, either. Actually I think charcoal is also too dark; you should go with a light gray if you do gray.
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I strongly suggest looking hard for this elusive item; your ideal navy blazer. Not only will you have it (probably) for many years, but it should be something....a little different than what 99% of other guys are wearing. Any chance you might explore a made to measure (from department store or otherwise), or bespoke from a local tailor? Strongly suggest interesting or buttons that depict something personal to you, as well as a colorful lining (such as silver, gold, purple, or light blue-- interestin, huh?) My final suggestion is to get double vents, and think about the option of a ticket pocket-- another interesting detail. I'm wearing my Ralph Lauren Purple Label navy blazer this weekend in atlanta, with diesel jeans, white shirt, and loafers. It's single breasted, 2 button, double vents, has ticket pocket, functional sleeve buttonholes, and steel crested buttons.
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from ben silver (and probably many other sellers) you can buy sets of buttons with all sorts of logos, from universities, professional organizations, hobbies, coins, military branches, etc. ...they can be made in regular brass, 'antiqued', colored with enamel...they can also be made-to-order with your own artwork, IIRC. perhaps this would be a good place for some expert to expound on what actually makes a blazer a blazer. /andrew
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(Mike C. @ 08 Oct. 2004, 12:59) Don't do the navy/navy thing. Again avoid black.
Speaking of navy/navy, I was speaking with a fellow just the other day with a navy suit on, or I thought it was until I noticed brass buttons. I looked more closely and he had paired a navy blazer with navy trousers. Don't, I repeat, don't do this. Or black, either. Actually I think charcoal is also too dark; you should go with a light gray if you do gray.
A dark grey, slightly darker than Oxford Gray is perfect with a blazer. I'd even say Charcoal works. This is a point on which I must disagree with you.
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From Polo.com: "How casual can I go with my navy blazer? As casual as you like. The blazer has been a chameleon of classic style since its creation in the 1880s, its staying power matched only by its versatility. Consider: Our fathers wore theirs everywhere, and rightfully so, for whether buttoned up with a repp tie at the 21 Club, or open over a polo with tortoiseshell sunglasses at the Newport Jazz Festival, the jacket just belongs. We might add it also works at the office, at brunch, at the theater, at an athletic awards dinner, at prep school, at...well you understand. In fact, the blazer's wearability is only limited by the wearer's imagination. ... "
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I always thought that the Ben Silver buttons that you can get with either a university or prep school seal on them are pretty cool for the navy blazer look.
I just checked, and they have both my high school and college on there. Perhaps I could do alternating buttons. just kidding...lol. Most likely I'll go with darker antique brass buttons.
post #14 of 14
I have monogrammed brass buttons on my blazer. This is the third blazer on which I have used the same buttons - just cut them off when the blazer gets worn out and have them put on the new one. Why promote somebody else when you can use your own initials? Bradford P.S. As for the original question, there is almost no limit to what you can wear with a blue blazer. The most conservative outfit is probably a pair of dark gray slacks, lace-ups and a white or blue shirt with a tie. You can even wear it with jeans and cowboy boots and if you truly want to go old-school prep, pair it in the summer with polo shirt, khaki or madras shorts and loafers without socks (I wore this once to a summer wedding reception in Grosse Pointe, MI in the late 80's) .
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