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How many blazers should I own?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tightandbright, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. vincerich

    vincerich Senior member

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    At 18, you really don't need any blazers. You could make it through the next few years by simply adding a few v-neck sweaters to your wardrobe. To answer your question, there's no set number of blazers that a man should own. Some men have blazers and sportcoats that reach double digits in number; some men simply take the jackets from their suits and wear them separately. I personally wouldn't recommend the second practice, but 99% of the people who you meet in "real" life won't notice or care, so don't stress yourself out.
     
  2. amplifiedheat

    amplifiedheat Senior member

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    At 18, you really don't need any blazers.

    Incorrect.
     
  3. JG000

    JG000 Senior member

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    5-6 should be plenty to start with (unless you wear one every day), build your collection over time form there
     
  4. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    At age 18, you are probably fine with two blazers unless you routinely wear coat and tie to work. Bear in mind that your body is going to undergo quite a few changes over the next several years, so its would be foolish to invest a lot of money in garments you're going to outgrow quite soon.

    Case in point: when I was 18, I wore a size 39 blazer. For most of my life I have been a size 46 or 48.
     
  5. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    Bear in mind that your body is going to undergo quite a few changes over the next several years, so its would be foolish to invest a lot of money in garments you're going to outgrow quite soon.
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    This is important. Don't spend too much right now.
     
  6. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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  7. highendstyle

    highendstyle Active Member

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    I own a few blazers, but living in Los Angeles where every writer and actor seems to sport a blazer I wonder if they will end up going out of style in the near future? Or maybe they will be timeless look?
     
  8. amplifiedheat

    amplifiedheat Senior member

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    I own a few blazers, but living in Los Angeles where every writer and actor seems to sport a blazer I wonder if they will end up going out of style in the near future? Or maybe they will be timeless look?

    Men wear jackets. It's part of growing up. Los Angeles may have warped values, but at least remember this one lesson.
     
  9. Frodo

    Frodo Senior member

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    Post pics of you wearing the blazers. Chances are they don't fit very well, truth be told. It's better to have two solid blazers that you've worked on with an alterations tailor to get them fitting as well as possible before you worry about adding more numbers.

    A common mistake is to start buying before you understand what dressing is about. You wind up with items that you'll later hate and will get rid of. Buy slowly, one thing at a time, the best you can afford. Buy only what you really need for your lifestyle, not what you think you should have to "be a man" or any of that rot.

    But first work on fit. As JLibourel said above, in 5 years, you'll have a different body than you do now. But for now, if you have two blazers, of any color, that actually fit you well, you'll be the rare 18 year old.
     
  10. seanpatrickb

    seanpatrickb Senior member

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    Classic styles are timeless. As many blazers as you want, theres no set number. I own a lot of jackets as I rather match them with pants and sweaters than wear suits. (Don't require either for work) So I probably have 15-20 blazers, but only 4 suits. If I prefered to wear suits I would only need 3 or 4 sc's.
     
  11. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    If you only wear blazers and never suits:

    Year round:

    2 Navy 2.5 roll with brown horn buttons.

    Spring/Summer

    Navy Linen
    Seersucker
    Tan Linen
    Patterned linen sportscoat

    Fall/Winter

    Brown/green heavy tweed
    Navy Cashmere woolen
    A variety of Patterned dark colored sportcoats in woolens.


    Life if much easier if work with suits instead.
     
  12. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Nevermind you're 18, just buy 1.
     
  13. seanpatrickb

    seanpatrickb Senior member

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    ^ I think a camel hair is a staple. Pair this with dark chocolate brown pants and it is an awesome fall look.
     
  14. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    ^ I think a camel hair is a staple. Pair this with dark chocolate brown pants and it is an awesome fall look.

    in a herringbone yes.
     
  15. enarchay

    enarchay Senior member

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    Which blazers do you guys wear in hot weather, and extremely casual settings (e.g. college campuses, going to the movies, stuff like that)?
     
  16. amplifiedheat

    amplifiedheat Senior member

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    Which blazers do you guys wear in hot weather, and extremely casual settings (e.g. college campuses, going to the movies, stuff like that)?

    Blue/white seersucker or unlined navy canvas. I should note that I'm "that guy in the seersucker jacket" even at casual events, but people seem to like it. (Generally, if you're the one with the beer, they will like anything.)
     
  17. ramuman

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    0 is also an option that I believe hasn't been mentioned in this thread. Again, it's an option and should be treated as such.
     
  18. tightandbright

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    Post pics of you wearing the blazers. Chances are they don't fit very well, truth be told. It's better to have two solid blazers that you've worked on with an alterations tailor to get them fitting as well as possible before you worry about adding more numbers.

    A common mistake is to start buying before you understand what dressing is about. You wind up with items that you'll later hate and will get rid of. Buy slowly, one thing at a time, the best you can afford. Buy only what you really need for your lifestyle, not what you think you should have to "be a man" or any of that rot.

    But first work on fit. As JLibourel said above, in 5 years, you'll have a different body than you do now. But for now, if you have two blazers, of any color, that actually fit you well, you'll be the rare 18 year old.


    Uhh I'll try to post pics later.
    Um maybe I should just wear other preppy clothes like v-neck sweaters and stuff. Anyways, I was wondering where I can buy clothes similar to Club Monaco, cause I like the clothes from there. Problem is... there isn't a lot of variety/colors so I need another store to go to.

    Umm... here are some pics I took with my cellphone. You probably can't tell if it fits me or not cause the quality is super bad. I'll try and post better pics once I find my camera and get someone to take the pic for me. Those weird wrinkles and stuff in the second picture are there cause of my awkward pose to take a pic. It's not like that when I stand normally. I probably should've took a pic with the top button closed huh...

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  19. holymadness

    holymadness Senior member

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    I can tell that it's ridiculously short and that the buttoning point is hovering somewhere up around your nipples.
     
  20. Frodo

    Frodo Senior member

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    It's too short, which is what I feared. I thought (remembering my youth) you probably got them a year or two ago when you were shorter and are now just "discovering" them, hoping to make them work. You may find out that you in fact have no blazers at all, which ain't so bad, as you can start with a clean slate.

    That said, you're young and slender, and can push the "tight and short" jacket look. But only so far.

    Check out the "What Are You Wearing Right Now" section of SF to learn how guys dress that do it seriously. Spend a few weeks looking and learning before you reach for your wallet.
     

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