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Blue Blazer still foundational?

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When I was in a store yesterday the staff remarked that blue blazers were very difficult to match pants with, that in 2016 you could not longer one with chinos because it was too "preppy".

 

This seemed odd to me as I thought it was a foundational garment, even more so because I'd literally bought one the day before. Is a blue blazer still foundational and what would you match a (dark) navy blue blazer with? Maybe light grey pants?

 

I've seen white - I'm definitely not that adventurous. Something like this is still viable?

 

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Originally Posted by toplel View Post

When I was in a store yesterday the staff remarked that blue blazers were very difficult to match pants with, that in 2016 you could not longer one with chinos because it was too "preppy".

This seemed odd to me as I thought it was a foundational garment, even more so because I'd literally bought one the day before. Is a blue blazer still foundational and what would you match a (dark) navy blue blazer with? Maybe light grey pants?

I've seen white - I'm definitely not that adventurous. Something like this is still viable?



A blue blazer will always be a classic staple. Whoever told you that is badly mistaken. With that kind of advice, I'd go to a different store.
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A blue blazer will always be a classic staple. Whoever told you that is badly mistaken. With that kind of advice, I'd go to a different store.

 

True statement.  

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When I was in a store yesterday the staff remarked that blue blazers were very difficult to match pants with, that in 2016 you could not longer one with chinos because it was too "preppy".
Okay. Some strangers at a store told you a couple of things which have caused you to question what you thought you knew about blazers.

I'm a stranger to you. Let me tell you a few things of my own.

Navy blazers are not at all difficult to match to pants. You can wear a navy blazer with chinos. It's a classic look, although as a general sort of rule, it works best on younger men. Past college age, and a pair of wool dress pants will often tend to be a somewhat superior pairing. Your idea of light grey pants with a navy blazer is about as classic as it gets.

Mind you, I'm 53 years old, and in certain circumstances I wouldn't hesitate to wear a navy blazer with a pair of Nantucket reds. In the winter, I sometimes wear a pair of camel colored cords - they'd go well enough with a navy blazer, too. The relevant point being that it's about as challenging to find pants that go well with a blue blazer, as it is to find a tie that goes well with a blue shirt.

Naturally, virtually no garment is "foundational" for all men. But for many men, a navy blazer is, indeed, a wardrobe staple. They are sort of the equivalent, for many of us, of what the "little black dress" is for many women - a highly versatile and accessible item.

Oh, and the next time you go to this store, and the sales staff tell you that "Solid navy blue suits and medium/dark grey suits are too preppy, and too difficult to match with neckties," just smile politely and ignore them. Because working as a salesman in a store doesn't automatically make one's sartorial opinions particularly valid and insightful.
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Navy is still the most versatile color for a jacket. Just modern it up a bit. Avoid brass buttons - brown horn is the best bet. Navy will match the most colors of trousers as well: light grey, medium grey, khaki, taupe, olive, pastels. Only colors to avoid are other dark colors (black/dark grey).
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Avoid brass buttons - brown horn is the best bet.
If you have a personal preference for brown horn buttons, that's fine. But brass buttons on a blazer are equally fine. (I have a personal preference for vanilla ice cream, to chocolate. That doesn't make vanilla an inherently better flavor than chocolate.)
Edited by 12345Michael54321 - 5/3/16 at 3:11pm
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I like brass in some instances fine. A modern db with brass is nice, but for a standard navy jacket, they are a little dated in my opinion. You are correct, though, that is just my opinion.
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A modern db with brass is nice, but for a standard navy jacket, they are a little dated in my opinion.
It's a traditional look, I grant you. But then, in opting to wear a navy blazer in the first place, one is typically at least giving a nod toward the traditional. So while the brass buttons may not be required, they're certainly not an inappropriate choice.

Yeah, I get that some blazers are very modern and fashion forward, and attempt to transform the traditional garment into something fresh and new. But the sort of blazers most people actually wear (as opposed to what models and pop culture icons like to be seen wearing) don't try for this "modern take on the navy blazer" effect. Thank goodness.

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I hope it does not violate the rules of this forum to point out that someone is making bunny ears over this guy's head and that it really completes the look.

But, yes, a mid to dark blue blazer is extremely versatile. Dark navy is somewhat less useful as it isn't great during the day. Manton calls the navy blazer/khaki combination a "California Tuxedo." I don't know that it only works for people in college but it does seem to get over-used. For some kinds of things, it seems like it's almost a required uniform.
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