Opinion about this navy blazer?

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  1. m0bbie

    m0bbie Senior member

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    It is 90% Wool/10% Nylon. It is 3r2, and it features gold buttons. Do you guys think this blazer is versatile? It is flannel, so I think it would be a great blazer during winter.

    What are your opinion about this blazer?
     
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  2. Artking3

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    I never have nylon in my blazer fabrics. Wool, Cotten, silk, cashmere, but never nylon.
     


  3. Caustic Man

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  4. Loathing

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    Nylon aside,
    it's quite a
    strange animal
    that straddles
    the boundary
    between formal
    and casual
    somewhat awkwardly:
    a blue blazer
    with brass buttons
    is the zenith of formality
    in the odd jacket family;
    flapped patch pockets
    are more casual
    and thus
    in tension with the
    aforementioned
    formality.
    Also, flannel is
    unusual for a blazer,
    and although
    I wouldn't say
    it's in bad taste
    per se,
    I would say
    that it is discordant
    with brass buttons.
     
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  5. Caustic Man

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    But it's still an odd jacket. What I mean to say is that formality is so small an issue with odd jackets generally that even if you say that a navy blazer is the MOST formal of that category, having a few casual elements isn't a big deal. In fact, I'd say it even adds to the desirability in some cases. I'd never wear a navy blazer to any professional setting, so then what is it? Something I wear casually.
     


  6. Loathing

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    I would not say
    that a blue blazer
    with brass buttons
    is a particularly
    casual piece
    of clothing;
    it is more formal
    than many a
    lounge suit.
    If you would like
    a casual blue blazer
    I would suggest
    you avoid brass
    buttons.
     


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    I am also looking for a smart blazer which need not be formal. Can anyone suggest a good/affordable brand? Judging by the above response, brass buttons are an absolute no.
     


  8. Caustic Man

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    That's fair enough, but I wouldn't wear one with brass buttons in anything BUT a casual setting. For instance, I can think of no navy lounge suit that would be less formal (or shall we say, less business appropriate?) than a navy blazer. Maybe this is a difference in preferences based on our countries of origin (I am originally from the U.S.). Blazers, in my mind, are for leisurely boating, drinks with friends, a casual dinner, etc.
     


  9. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Dark navy serge DB blazer with brass buttons+ gray trousers is more CBD than, say, a navy linen suit IMHO. Manton would have to give the final ruling.
     


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    I would agree with you.
     


  11. m0bbie

    m0bbie Senior member

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    Well, for my understanding, navy jacket with brass buttons is more of a casualty side than formality. Maybe I'm wrong.

    Also, does 10% nylon really matter? What's wrong with nylon?
     


  12. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    Flannel's great for a winter blazer, ime. This one looks good to me, with possible quibbles that the buttoning point might be a tad high and the collar points a bit blunt. Its other stylistic details are very traditional: lapped seams, hook vent, flapped patch pockets. Dopey would be proud. And that's never a bad thing.
     
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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    This particular jacket, with the swelled edges and patch pockets in flannel, is more casual
     


  14. Loathing

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    If you were to replace the buttons, and remove the nylon, this would be a preppy classic, and appropriate to wear on a plethora of occasions.
     
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  15. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I'm right about the following:

    1) Flannel doesn't make it much if at all less formal. It makes it wintry.

    2) Flannel plus those trad details plus brass buttons doesn't make it discordant. It's a very classic configuration, sold for decades by stores like Brooks Bros.

    3) Those trad details do and do not make it informal (as far as blue blazers go). This blazer could be worn well with anything from white shirt, repp tie, and mid gray worsted wool pants to well-worn ocbd, no tie, and rumpled cotton chinos, cords or faded denim -- with or without a fine merino sweater for the formal side or a shaggy shetland for the informal. So its range reaches as high as what might be considered the most formal of blazers, but it also reaches down pretty low. A good argument for its purchase.
     
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