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Differences between suit jacket and casual blazer?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LooksGood, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. LooksGood

    LooksGood Senior Member

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    Dec 15, 2012
    The Yay Area
    One difference seems to be the presence of a chestpocket on suit jackets, are there any others? Can the 2 be interchanged?

  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Distinguished Member

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    Nov 20, 2006
    Chicago, IL

    Should they be interchanged? No. Are they often interchanged? Yes. Will 90% of the population notice if you did it? No. Should you mix them up since you care enough to post about it? No.

    Main differences between a suit jacket and an odd jacket / blazer are

    1. Patch pockets instead of flap pockets.
    2. Button color; suit jacket buttons tend to match the fabric while you have a variety with odd jackets. A navy odd blazer would take either metal buttons, brown horn or possible ivory / smoked mother of pearl for a summer coat.
    3. Patterns and fabric. Certain tweeds clearly look like they are odd jackets, pinstripes clearly look like they are part of a suit, and worsted wool tends to make something look more like a suit jacket.

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