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Navy or Black Blazer

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by brooklyn, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. brooklyn

    brooklyn Senior Member

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    If you had to pick one in your closet which would you pick. I need to get one for business casual days and I don't know what to do. I generally wear slacks. Grey, black, blue. Maybe once in awhile pair it with a pair of jeans. I would like to have a 3 button with side vents. Your opinions would be appreciated.
     


  2. dusty

    dusty Distinguished Member

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    Navy definitely.
     


  3. guitone

    guitone Well-Known Member

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    Navy and try to find a two button...side vents are great. Canali makes one.
     


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    Navy, unless you need to affect that "Planet of the Yoko Onos" downtown look.

    I don't like side vents, myself - too much like Roger Moore in "The Saint".

    Two buttons - otherwise you'll look like Buster Brown.

    Thus endeth the Pop Culture Reference-Laden Lecture.

    Have fun,
     


  6. DandySF

    DandySF Senior Member

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    Don't forget the brass buttons if navy blue, my preference, is your choice. Â When I see a blue jacket with black buttons, worn as a blazer, I wonder if it's just a suit jacket that's been severed from its matching pants. Â Is there a reason for not having brass buttons?
     


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    I would pick a black blazer with no vent
     


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    I have a DB navy blazer without brass buttons. I had a choice and went without. I already had a 2B blazer with buttons with the crest of my secondary school alma mater, so I figured it would be nice to have one without
     


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    My preference is navy, two-button and I don't like shiny brass buttons. But I also don't want people to think I'm just wearing a suitcoat. I know it's possible to buy buttons separately and have them changed, but I don't know where to get blazer buttons (others here know, as I've seen it posted, but forgot).
     


  11. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Navy, and have the buttons (whether brass or same colored) replaced with antiqued silver ones. A good way to differentiate yourself from the "I so want to own a yacht" club without people wondering whether you are wearing an orphaned suit jacket (although the material and true navy color should make this clear to even a casual observer.)
     


  12. Edward Appleby

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    If you're young it looks like a jacket that you got for christmas from Steinmart; at any age it looks like you're lost and looking for the yacht club. Some interesting and unusual buttons can be had here: http://www.bensilver.com/fs_storefront.asp?root=4 EDIT: I had a Polo blue blazer with marbled cream colored buttons, surprisingly it worked well.
     


  13. DandySF

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    Perhaps the brass button reactions are related to geography and location. In the urban centers of New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, a blue blazer with brass buttons is about as ubiquitous as a windbreaker would be in Portland, Oregon. The brass buttons aren't considered "fancy" or "pretentious;" they're nearly invisible and implicitly understood to be part of a standard uniform. I have noticed in California, where I live, that there can be an element of snide condescension directed toward those who make an effort to dress well. I know that the generalized CA ideal is a seemingly unstudied, breezy, disheveled-but-luxurious style, as opposed to the starchier and more pressed styles you might find elsewhere. Based on what I've read above, I'd better set up an appointment with a yacht broker to find something to go with my brass-buttoned blazer.
     


  14. dah328

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    Another vote for navy, two-button, side vents. It's probably one of the two most worn items in my closet whereas my black one rarely sees the light of day.
     


  15. hopkins_student

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    I'd like to cast my vote for DB navy with side vents and gold buttons.
     


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