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My suit jacket vs new blazer for wearing with jeans, nice non-matching pants, etc.

teege

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I'm having a dilemma. I have a suit I love in navy. I want a navy blazer. But I can't find a blazer that I like that fits and feels as nice as my suit jacket, AND one that's different enough (I want the blazer for professional attire, so goofy/odd type jackets don't really work...) to justify the extra cost.

Here's my suit:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-black-jam-sharp-trim-fit-navy-stretch-wool-suit/3080085

Can this suit jacket be worn separately?
 

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It should not be so worn. A suit coat will always remain what it is and be obviously so - an orphan. The cut is subtley different.

No one can stop you doing it if you are so minded but it is not to be recomended and you will appear the fool if you do.
 

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Although in reality 99.4 % of the population won't notice at all.
 

fritzl

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orphanophobia is in great fashion...
 

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I think GBR is overstating the point. Put on the suit jacket without the suit and see if it looks right: I have some suits where I can get away with this, especially if it's a solid color jacket on the unstructured side. Most of my suit jackets don't look right at all orphaned though. From the picture you linked to I can't tell if the jacket would work as a blazer (kind of really looks like a suit jacket that would always look like a suit jacket),

If your suit jacket looks good as a blazer at first look, go for it. Anyone that is paying attention to the subtle cuts in your jacket is spending way too much time looking at your clothes.
 

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Can someone point out some of the most noticable differences between the blazer and suit coat?
 

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I agree. Probably most stuff talked about here wouldn't be noticed by majority of the population.

but brings us back to this question: do you dress for yourself, or for the majority of the population?
 

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I would not. But your question is COULD you. Yes you could.....
 

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I actually think some suit coats would work perfectly well as a blazer.

OP - one reason you may NOT want to do this often though, is that the jacket may fade in color faster than the pants, and you'll end up with a suit that doesn't quite match. Obviously not a big deal if you do it infrequently and at night.

Here are a few things I think that separate a blazer/sport coat from a suit. Almost all are very subtle.
- Slightly more textured material
- different colored buttons (brass, pewter, brown horn)
- louder patterns (for sport coats)
- patch pockets
- lapped seams
- throat latches
- slightly shorter sometimes
- almost never with stripes - these look too much like orphaned suit jackets to me
 
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And if the jacket does get stained...dry clean BOTH the jacket and pants together to keep the color uniform...
 

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