Navy Blazer and trouser, but avoiding security guard look?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The_Foxx, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Good BROWN shoes... most important.

    Get a striped tie. Regiment stripes maybe...

    Pocket square.

    Clothes that fit and don't look like they have been issued by your employer.

    And finally, ditch the white shirt and wear either a light blue or striped shirt.

    I wore this list of items yesterday. I rarely wear an odd jacket or blazer, but yesterday I was in the mood for it.
     


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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Good BROWN shoes... most important.

    Get a striped tie. Regiment stripes maybe...

    Pocket square.

    Clothes that fit and don't look like they have been issued by your employer.

    And finally, ditch the white shirt and wear either a light blue or striped shirt.

    That should ensure nobody comes to you and asks for directions to the rest rooms. [​IMG]


    Yes. These things and lighter gray (vs. charcoal) flannels help, too.
     


  4. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Also try whipcord and cavalry twill trousers in tan, light grey to add some texture to the ensemble.
     


  5. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    all excellent suggestions-- any additional photo examples? I especially like the idea of twill/ whipcord trousers, sort of unexpected and out of the ordinary.
     


  6. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I just bought a pair of RL tan Herringbone flannel pants to wear with my blazer. It'll be a nice alternative to my gray and charcoal flannels.
     


  7. imatlas

    imatlas Senior member

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    lol .. good thing i am bored at home and randomly popped into this thread.

    yes - 15 miles on the bike every lunch hour ... down 40lbs since March. trying to lose 10 more hopefully ... but its become really hard.

    anyway, back to foxx's question - i think the quality of shoes, a dashing tie and a ps will dispel any notions. most security guards i see wear ill fitting jackets anyways, so as long as the jacket fits well, you are half way there.

    btw - sounds like you have the perfect recipe for a perfect blazer ... this one here has all that except it has a single vent .. drives me nuts sometimes, but the patch pockets, natural shoulder and fit makes up for it. i might get one done with side vents sometime next year.


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    I really enjoy the blue blazer and grey slacks combination, but am in my 20s, so I try to twist it a bit. Last weekend I wore a slim blue blazer, grey sweater, dark grey knit tie, and a white shirt on top with a pair of slimmed grey wool trousers tucked into high brown RL boots on the bottom. It had (I hope) a kind of trad meets paratrooper look. Traditionalists may recoil in horror and it certainly wouldn't work for anyone older than about 30, but I think it went over pretty well and it's an idea for younger people.
     


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    Don't clip a badge to your breast pocket.
     


  11. laphroaig

    laphroaig Senior member

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    I wear the navy blazer & charcoal trouser combination occasionally too. It is also one of the very few combinations that received a compliment. I think it went something like, "You'll be better dressed than your boss."

    I don't have high standards so to me that was a compliment. Although I'm not sure if this person thought I work in security. I'm certain they have never met my boss.
     


  12. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    The security guard crowd isn't a very self assured one or wouldn't be allowed to be, thus you could wear with the blazer:


    Very bold and/colorful shirts

    Very rich looking, bold ties

    An obviously expensive pocket square

    beautiful dark brown suede shoes

    Optional: Non prescription eyewear.
     


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    forsbergacct2000 Senior member

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    I totally don't get the clothing message board association of navy blazers with security guards. Just avoid asking folks for their ID and wear a decent shirt and/or tie with it and you'll be fine.
     


  14. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Where i work it truely is the uniform of security guards. They typically look much much more put together then the staff.

    One of the guards is a retired Police Officer and dresses very well, on the other hand we have one that hemmed his gray pants with a pair of scissors.
     


  15. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    As I posted awhile back, I was recently accosted as a security guard when I was wearing my green W.W.Chan blazer, brown A-E shoes, a puffed silk pocket square and I forget which tie. If it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen. Most people are oblivious to the nuances of menswear we set such store by,
     


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