1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Best summer blazer material

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Fashion Fan, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

    Messages:
    157
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    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?
     
  2. ModernGentsMag

    ModernGentsMag Member

    Messages:
    9
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2013
    Location:
    Croatia
    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.
     
  3. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Messages:
    5,225
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    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.
     
  4. TomTom

    TomTom Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    86
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2012
    +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.
     
    2 people like this.
  5. Big Texas

    Big Texas Senior member

    Messages:
    167
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2013
    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.
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013
  6. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Messages:
    5,225
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    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.
     
  7. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

    Messages:
    157
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    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
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  8. JTA

    JTA Senior member

    Messages:
    855
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2008
    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.
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2013
    1 person likes this.
  9. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

    Messages:
    157
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    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.
     
  10. Moloch38

    Moloch38 Senior member

    Messages:
    221
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    I'm really wanting to get a suit in Navy Fresco or Navy Irish Linen for the summer!
     
  11. Big Texas

    Big Texas Senior member

    Messages:
    167
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2013
    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).
     
  12. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Messages:
    5,225
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    

    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?


    This.
     
  13. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

    Messages:
    157
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    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?
     
  14. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Messages:
    5,225
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    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.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  15. pendragon

    pendragon Senior member

    Messages:
    591
    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    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.
     
  16. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

    Messages:
    157
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    Thanks for the tips Archibaldleach, yeah $336 would be perfect along with tailoring costs would put me in the $400ish range which I['m comfortable with. I just also read some things about BB blazers not always being the best quality from the reviews on the site, I know a store exists here in Toronto so I'm going to check them out in person first and report back with my findings. Hopefully if it's as nice as you say it is I'm going to withhold until June or until the $100 off promo. I appreciate your advice again!
     
  17. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

    Messages:
    157
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    The Fitzgerald is the more slimmer cut with higher armholes, surprisingly a Milano fit also exists which is slimmer than the Fitzgerald.
     
  18. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

    Messages:
    157
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    Can anyone else vouch for the quality of BB blazers or suggest other good summer navy blue blazers?
     
  19. 3daysuitbroker

    3daysuitbroker Member

    Messages:
    15
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    I think the BB linen/cotton blazer is definitely your best choice. As far as color goes, navy is great because it goes with everything, the only down side is that it is a dark color and tends to keep in the heat more then a light color would. However, I always live by the rule that navy always looks classier then a beige color but also has that casual feel to it as well. Options to dress it up for fancy occasions or dress it down for everyday casual look, are both available.
     
    1 person likes this.
  20. Fashion Fan

    Fashion Fan Senior member

    Messages:
    157
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    Thanks everyone for their help. I looked into the Fitzergerald blazer more and I called BB to ask where it's made and they told me Thailand. There is no way I'm paying $450+ for a blazer made in Thailand. Can anyone provide me with any other alternatives based on my criteria above?
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by