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Is it acceptable to use a suit jacket as a blazer if I no longer have the suit pants?

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In these circles it is referred to as an "odd" jacket and I will leave it to the better informed as to if and how to properly style one.
 

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Depends on the suit jacket. Often easy to spot an orphan jacket—especially if it is a dark smooth worsted or has a pattern traditionally associated with suiting rather than jacketing.

Pics or at least a description might help.
 

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I think a typical dark navy jacket with flap pockets and worsted wool will always look like an orphaned suit jacket. I like to have at least one casual style element - for me that's either patch pockets or a more "casual" fabric, meaning not as plain as a worsted navy wool.

This does not say that it wouldn't look good to most people, or that anybody besides SF members would even notice or bother at all.
 

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Depends on the suit jacket. Often easy to spot an orphan jacket—especially if it is a dark smooth worsted or has a pattern traditionally associated with suiting rather than jacketing.

Pics or at least a description might help.
I've put pics in the OP. It's just a regular navy jacket.
 

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I think a typical dark navy jacket with flap pockets and worsted wool will always look like an orphaned suit jacket. I like to have at least one casual style element - for me that's either patch pockets or a more "casual" fabric, meaning not as plain as a worsted navy wool.

This does not say that it wouldn't look good to most people, or that anybody besides SF members would even notice or bother at all.
Thanks. Could I remove the pocket flaps to make them patch pockets (or at least tuck them inside)? Also what type of casual fabrics do you recommend for a blazer/sports jacket?
 

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As @WSW said above, easiest change would be to swap the buttons out. Brown horn, metal buttons (I am partial to pewter but the traditional brass buttons are fine too), or mother-of-pearl if you’re feeling adventurous.

You won’t have enough material to make patch pockets, plus the slits for the pockets can’t be closed. You can tuck the flaps in if you like.
 

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As @WSW said above, easiest change would be to swap the buttons out. Brown horn, metal buttons (I am partial to pewter but the traditional brass buttons are fine too), or mother-of-pearl if you’re feeling adventurous.

You won’t have enough material to make patch pockets, plus the slits for the pockets can’t be closed. You can tuck the flaps in if you like.
I agree a light/medium brown horn button would def make it slightly more casual and push it a bit further away from a typical suit jacket. FWIW, I bet less than 10% of the people you pass on the street would be able to identify it as an orphaned suit jacket especially with the buttons swapped out.
 

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I think the flap pockets and dark buttons would give it away. While most people won't think twice, you're the one that has to feel comfortable and confident in it. If you're going to feel 'off' when you're wearing it, might as well just buy something that you do like.
 

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I think the main thing that would give it away is the fabric, but it's hard to judge the fabric in photos. It depends on the lightness, sheen, the finish, etc. If it looks like a very fine worsted, I would move on. Even dark horn buttons won't change that.
 

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sorry for sneaking into the subject, but I would like to know if these jackets qualify to be used as blazers, the first is an E.Zegna torino easy greenish-bluea, the fabric is a bit shiny (wool and mohair) I recently changed the buttons for black ones made of horn, the jacket is half lined and the fabric is ligthweight.

The second jacket is a Zegna couture Navy Flannel Dual Vent with Subtle Stripe and dark brown buttons, thanks!
 

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I think the main thing that would give it away is the fabric, but it's hard to judge the fabric in photos. It depends on the lightness, sheen, the finish, etc. If it looks like a very fine worsted, I would move on. Even dark horn buttons won't change that.
It was originally an OTR suit from Men's Warehouse. It's pretty light and comfortable. It's wool but not to shiney.
 

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It was originally an OTR suit from Men's Warehouse. It's pretty light and comfortable. It's wool but not to shiney.
I assume it's the kind of fabric then that can't be used as a sport coat.
 

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Nah. I recently ripped the ass out my charcoal slacks. I tried pairing the jacket with other things but it screams orphan.
 

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