Best summer blazer material

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  1. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

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    What is the best most comfortable and breathable material for a blazer in the summer? I plan to wear this one casually with jeans and usually a v neck or a button shirt with an open collar. What do you guys recomend? Also would a j crew chino suit suffice for the above reasons?
     


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    For summer you can go with linen, cotton and wool. But I would go with wool. Linen and cotton wrinkle much more than wool and they don't drape as nice as wool.
    Besides after some time linen blazers lose its form.
     


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    A khaki suit and navy blazer are two very different garments. Both have their place in a wardrobe, but IMO a navy blazer or odd jacket is far more useful and the khaki suit doesn't really fill its role in a wardrobe. Linen and fresco are two pretty good fabrics for a summer blazer. For the more casual look, I would go with linen. You can still dress it up but the natural rumples give it a more casual vibe.
     


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    +1 for linen..It's the best heat conductor and your blazer will look extremely stylish.I would recommend Irish linen where possible as it's a bit heavier so the jacket will drape nicely.
     


  5. Big Texas

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    Linen is all well and good, but if you're looking for something a little bit more versatile (i.e., passable in a more buttoned-up business setting), then wool is the way to go. Hopsack or fresco can wear very cool in the summer, especially if the blazer is unlined or quarter-lined. They're also nice in that they don't wrinkle as noticeably or incorrigibly as linen does.

    Nothing wrong with linen, per se, but if this is your first blazer -- or your only blazer -- then linen may not be the best first choice.

    Note that there are linen/wool blends, as well, which wear very nicely in the summer when unlined. Contrary to popular belief, it's not the fabric, per se, that conducts most of the heat in a garment. It's the lining.
     
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    If he's mostly wearing it in the summer in casual settings, which is what OP says is his intention, I think linen is better. I could see fresco if he wanted something more formal that still worked for the summer, but linen is great for casual wear IMO. I also think it's great to dress up if you don't mind the wrinkles, but YMMV.
     


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    Thanks for your help everyone! I looked at some linen blazers but I don't like the texture and weave that they have. I was thinking going with a cotton blazer or linen cotton blazer.

    1. What is everyones opnion on a cotton blazer in the summer? Is it bearable in 25+ degree weather? (For those in the USA basically a sunny and humid day)

    2. Is cotton chino a good farbric for summer?

    3. I've done some research based on everyones suggestions and I came up with two choices. One less expensive and another more expensive. Keep in mind I'm mostly in casual/semi casual settings so I'm looking to get an all around navy blue blazer specially for summer. My main concerns are a classical look, good quality, tailored fit and not to be sweating through it. Based on that I came up with two options.

    Option 1: J crew Ludlow fit chino blazer in Navy: The cheaper more affordable choice what does everyone think about J Crew quality?
    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...ructedLudlowSportcoats/PRDOVR~56083/56083.jsp

    Option 2: Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Fit Cotton/Linen navy blazer: This one is substantially more expensive but is it worth it? How is BB quality?
    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fitzg...pd.html?dwvar_MM00193_Color=NAVY&contentpos=9
     
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  8. JTA

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    BB between those two but ensure if the jacket is unlined or half lining at the most.

    Other things to consider, climate (dry or humid and breeze or not), fabric weave, fabric weight and construction.
     
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    Thanks for the help JTA.

    Option 3: What would everyone here suggest for a navy blue blazer worn primarily for summer that cannot be linen in the 250-400 price range prefer to stay in the lower end of it if possible.
     


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    I'm really wanting to get a suit in Navy Fresco or Navy Irish Linen for the summer!
     


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    I would go linen/cotton (or linen/wool) over pure cotton. Cotton is seldom a fantastic jacketing material. It is stiff and lacks drape or flow. It also wears a lot warmer than is generally assumed, especially in a chino weave (twill).
     


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    I love Irish linen and am getting a blazer made up in it for the summer, but worry about pants wrinkling and having to get the suit pressed all the time (in my experience, linen trousers wrinkle worse than linen jackets). Perhaps a fresco suit and a linen blazer?


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  13. Fashion Fan

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    Thanks for the help everyone, looks like the BB cotton linen blazer is the one to go with.

    However is BB that much better quality than J crew in terms of blazers? It's a big jump in price so at a retail of $448 it would be an investment piece for me.


    Also is there a better time to wait when BB has a sale on blazers?
     


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    BB should be having a semi-annual sale at the end of June where they normally discount odd jackets by up to 40%. In addition, they regularly have promotions where you can save 15% (25% if using a BB credit card) or save $100 on a $500 purchase (maybe buy some other small item you can use if you do this promotion). $336 at 25% off (not everything gets discounted by 40% or so during the semi-annual sale) may still be a bit of investment for you (not sure), but it's a good bit better than full retail. Good luck.

    And yes. IMO, quality difference is fairly dramatic between BB and JCrew. Navy blazers are also more useful than khaki odd jackets IMO.
     
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    I'm surprised to see how short the BB jacket is. I expect bum freezers from J Crew, but I thought BB was a bit more conservative.
     


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