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post #16 of 46
I do this sometimes with jeans, or obviously different pinstriped slacks. I think it really depends on the material and how bold the pinstripes are. Something really subtle may work, and something very bold may work also, but an average pinstripe may not work particularly well.
post #17 of 46
I've got a dark pinstripe suit jacket that I can separate and it looks decent with jeans. Oddly, I have plently of other suit jackets, striped or unstriped, that don't go with jeans at all. I think it's just a matter of stumbling onto the right shade, color, fabric weight, and texture. Montecristo
post #18 of 46
A Harris is certainly right about the cut. But a traditional blazer is made from a slightly lighter shade of blue than what is common for a navy suit. Also, the cloth tends to have a some surface texture because of the weave. A hard-finished dark worsted just screams "suit." in my opinion.
Good point - a smooth worsted dark navy jacket isn't the best choice. I only buy navy suits that are a lighter shade with some surface interest, so that hadn't really crossed my mind.
post #19 of 46
Regarding stripes -- I find that I can wear a pinstriped jacket with just about anything but dress trousers, while pinstriped trousers go with any plain jacket.
post #20 of 46
Actually, there's no difference in cut, between suit jacket and blazer. Could be the same. The difference lays in fabrics and buttons. A Blazer with blu buttons is nonsense; it just is not a blazer, that is a jacket coming from Navy sports. You can use gold metal buttons (sport), silver metal (informal), or black horn (formal yacht club jackets). You can do what you want, but out of this you are out of tradition and style; you should just know. Fabrics that are used for a "correct" blazer, are fabrics that are not good for a suit. Hopsack, heavy merinos wool, and alike. So you can use a navy suit jacket with slacks, but that will not make it a Blazer.
post #21 of 46
I don't think people think it's a blazer, as they are not, they just want to know if it is appropriate, and that really depends on the jacket, and it should be obvious from wearing it (at home) whether the look works or not.
post #22 of 46
No, the question was "Wearing a navy suit jacket as a blazer?". That's not appropriate, in my opinion. The other question "Wearing a suit jacket as ... something else?". And my answer is: it is usually not appropriate, due to different nature of the fabrics.
post #23 of 46
He asks "is it appropriate to wear a navy jacket as if it were a blazer?" meaning with dark wool or flannel pants, and the answer it is depends on the material. I have a solid navy Oxxford jacket that is very heavy flannel material and may have originally been a suit coat, that looks and feels almost the same as one of my BB blazers. Besides the buttons, I think most people would have trouble distinguishing that it was part of a suit. Also, depending on what bottoms you are wearing, you can potentially get away with many patterned or lighter material jackets as well. I do this quite often with jeans or pinstriped charcoal wool slacks, even with windowpane and pinstriped jackets and I think it creates a nice contrasting look.
post #24 of 46
If the jacket has flap pockets you'll easily get away with it. Thinking about it a bit more I guess you need a more relaxed style of jacket. E.g. an oxxford will probably work but a hugo boss won't.
post #25 of 46
(Keith T @ 19 Oct. 2004, 11:25) I would recommend not trying this with pinstripes.  While you might try it with the right solid navy suit, I don't like the look of pinstriped suits "broken up".  Not exactly to your point, but the suit in my closet that I most often "break up" is actually a glen plaid.  I like to wear the pants with light-weight sweaters and turtlenecks, and I wear the jacket with solid colored wool slacks (usually charcoal) or even with jeans.
Thanks.  I'm not quite THAT clueless.  Though I do have a picture of myself in my dorm room in the mid 80's wearing a navy pinstripe suit jacket, white t-shirt, blue jeans and a fedora. And I looked GOOD, dammit.  
Look at the jeans-pinstripe deal here: Good xcrist.
post #26 of 46
Look at the jeans-pinstripe deal here:  Good xcrist.
And this is why this look should be left up experts    Check out the displays a few season back at Fred Segal Ron Herman, and you'd have see this look, done right. Seriously, this can look good, but if you're a store that lists jeans as a "trend", chances are you'll end up recommending that your customers walk out of the store looking like a wang.  Problems with the pictured outfit: 1) The turtleneck.  Right now, the jeans are the only really "casual" (as in streetwear casual) part of the outfit.  I'm sure that this is a fine gauge turtleneck, blah, blah, blah, but a tee, a hoody, or a partially buttoned, layered work-style shirt would work a lot better here.  The point is to mix casual and formal, not to substitute jeans for dress pants.  That is just what happened when I forgot it was non-uniform day during high school, and that was just depressing. 2) The jacket is too boxy, especially around the shoulders, to be paired with slim cut jeans.  The look is best on lanky hipster types anyway, and this guy is not (although I'm sure that the typical Mark Shale customer has a good 30 lbs on this dude).  He needs a slim cut blazer, and preferably in a more textured material, like flannel or treated cotton.  The first part is essential.  Rogan has a good one, as does Paper Denim.  Both those jackets were made to be worn casually, and specifically with jeans.)  The Hugo Boss taken out of context just doesn't work.  A Dolce and Gabbana would be a world better if you want to go the designer route.  I have a Ted Baker sample I picked up for $30 that would work better.  You could also go with the vintage, short, western blazer, but I digress.  If you insist on the boxier jacket (not all guys are comfortable or look good in fitted jackets - if your BMI is above normal for whatever reason, a really fitted jacket will either make you look sad, or gay-club ready (crap outfits are not exclusive to straight men, and the super buff guy doing this look, imho, is more often a Chelsea boy than anything else.) then go with a jean that doesn't hug as tightly to your thighs.  Those Paper Denim GTOs should be switched off for some LTDs.   3) The shoes.  Oh why, oh why, is this guy being forced to wear those anklet booties, and in a dark color at that.  The combination of the dark color and the slim fit make him look like he has very small feet and is perhaps going to a musical.  You need something more noticieabl on your feet to balance it out.  Either you need lighter colors or something chunkier.  I say, go with both if possible.  I would personally go with a not too chunky, not too slim, sneaker like the Adidas Samoa or Italia.  If he is going to an "upscale" clue needs a pair of shitkickers, orat least a chunkier boot.  I have a pair of pretty substantial looking Costume National boots with an inch heel in a medium brown color that work.  I think that a cracked leather boot or shoe in an even lighter color might even be better.  Some chukkas, provided that they are light colored and have either a crepe or rubber sole, or at least a stacked heel and not too slim profile, would work as well.
post #27 of 46
I'd agree about the turtleneck and the shoes, I'll usually do a similar look with something a bit more casual like a graphic T or a polo and perhaps some puma or prada shoes, and GTO or LTDs or Sevens.
post #28 of 46
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Oh good lord. Maybe there exists someone in the universe who can make those types of pre-spot-faded jeans work. But I doubt it. Ditto flared jeans.
post #29 of 46
Oh good lord. Maybe there exists someone in the universe who can make those types of pre-spot-faded jeans work. But I doubt it. Ditto flared jeans.
The jeans are okay. They look like Paper Denim GTO 3-years to me. One of my favorite cuts. Not my favorite wash. They do look pretty crap on that guy though. The problem are the proportions of the rest of his clothing. Also, the jeans are just a little too tight and worn a little too high. For those jeans, you can't be that guy. Worn correctly, the jeans should be a little looser and hang down a little lower on the hips (nearly at the widest part), and with definitely something considerably more casual - maybe a long sleeve tee by development and a hoodie/blazer/sweatshirt (that's one garment by the way - quite innovative, and very cool looking - again on the right guy. I don't think that Leojay could or would want to pull this one off) from this fall's Yoko Devereaux collection. I imagine that the buyers at Mark Shale believe that Yoko Devereaux is probably the remarried widow of the late John Lennon.
post #30 of 46
Besides concern about the jacket wearing out at a different rate than the pants, is there any reason NOT to wear a solid or subtly-patterned navy suit jacket with slacks, as one would a blazer?  I realize that purists would turn up their noses at this just on principle, but is there any practical reason it would be unseemly or look odd in general?  I very much dislike the metal buttons 'proper' blazers often come with anyway.  Thoughts?
I am against it.
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