How Do You Wear Your Navy Blazer

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  1. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    There was a suggestion in the "The Great Navy Blazer Conundrum" thread to start a new thread about how those of us who love the navy blazer wear it, so here goes.

    I wear my navy blazer most often with cream, tan, light grey and medium grey trousers. Depending on the trousers, time of day and my mood, either black or brown shoes. The medium grey trousers are flannel most of the time (I have maybe one medium grey trouser that is not flannel). Shirts almost always in the pink, lilac and light blue range with various patterns mixed in. For whatever reason, I am not a fan of white shirts with a navy blazer and like them better with suits. The tie will (obviously) be something that I think goes well with the shirt. Common examples for me are:

    Light Blue Shirt - Silver/grey, burgundy, yellow, green, lilac or pink ties.
    Pink Shirt - Burgundy or navy/midnight blue ties.
    Lilac Shirt - Navy/midnight blue or silver/grey ties.

    I'm sure there are some combinations that I'm overlooking, but that captures a lot of what I'll wear with it.

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    Today's picture is a double breasted navy blazer with silver buttons by Hemrajani, purple stripe extra slim fit french cuff shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt and silverish grenadine grossa tie by Sam Hober. Not pictured are Barry Bricken medium grey flannel trousers and black Crockett & Jones Drummonds. Sorry for the lack of a fit picture; my cell phone camera seems to be rather limited in its ability to zoom out far enough if I'm holding it out with my arm and I can't get someone to take a picture for me.

    Anyways, let's see / hear some of your favorite combinations.
     


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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Same blazer, 4 different ways...second pic most accurate for blazer color.

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    RDiaz Senior member

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    I mostly wear mine like Unbel's first pic, with a neat tie and a city shirt (light blue, or blue and white fine stripes). But it's a DB, so even though it would work with more casual accesories, it kinda feels at home with a more formal setup.

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    I wear it as it always has been and will be worn - with a light blue shirt, stripped tie and gray pants. I try for the classic look in terms of colours but a modern fit (short jacket, slim pants and tie).
     
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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Umbelragazzo, the tie in the first picture is stunning. Great look.
     


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    vida Senior member

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    Good thread.
    Unbel, great tie in #3. Who makes it if I may ask.
    BTW, for those of you who commonly wear navy blazers, how many would you have before buying a DB. I ask because I have two SB and I am currently trying to decide between another SB in "summer blue" or a DB.
     


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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    The one navy blazer that I currently own is a DB. I did it mainly because I wanted a DB odd jacket and most odd jackets are not supposed to be DB and because I wanted mine to be as far away from the two button center vent variant that I see all the time. I will probably get the next few SB.
     


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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks. Ties are, in order: Cappelli; Vanda; Rubinacci; Cappelli.

    vida: I don't think anyone else's advice is going to be terrifically useful here. If you really like DBs, then go ahead and get it. But don't feel like you "need" one for diversification or something.
     


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    I second the light grey pant combination with a navy blazer - although in the summer I've also been known to wear some white linen pants as well. A great look IMO but requires you to accessorize correctly to avoid looking too nautical.
     


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    I will cross-post this question I raised in the whnay good taste thread:

    If one is opting for more subdued and understated brown horn buttons, do the cognescenti regard patch (hip) pockets as essential?

    I know they are very popular here as a feature in their own right. My question is more focused on whether people regard a blue odd jacket with brown horn buttons and flapped pockets as incorrect (on the basis that there is insufficient differentiation from a suit)?

    (I think Manton may have expressed this view in the BlazerSuit threads, and Foo suggested patch pockets were optimal in whnay.)

    EDIT: In the other thread, an appropriate blazery cloth (hopsack, serge, etc.; fresco in the summer) was assumed.
     
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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I would say highly recommended and optimal. It depends slightly on what type of fabric your blazer is made from and whether it is otherwise distinguisable from a standard suiting fabric. You want to avoid the orphaned suit coat look (brown horn buttons do help with this but they are a rather subtle detail), though I am personally more forgiving of a jacket that skirts the boundary of looking like an orphaned suit coat if it is navy than if it is any other color. Not sure why this is, perhaps just because navy odd jackets are so ubiquitous.
     


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    Yes, sorry, I should have made it clear that in the other thread I assumed an appropriate blazery cloth (hopsack, serge, etc.; fresco in the summer). I will edit my post here, but it was right for you to take me up on that.
     


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    What do you typically wear the Macclesfield ties with? I am considering wearing one with a navy odd jacket, but wasn't sure if they were considered to be on the more formal side.
     


  14. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Same navy blazer as before, light blue herringbone CEGO shirt and burgundy with green pin dots Hober. Not pictured are medium grey flannel trousers and chestnut C&J monkstraps.

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    Lol....I'm sure it looks great, but that pic tells me basically nothing.
     


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