The Great Navy Blazer Conundrum

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Caustic Man, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. EriQ009

    EriQ009 Senior member

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    I acquired a navy blazer several years back, always intending to replace the buttons, which were unmistakably gold. Since then, however, I have become quite fond of it, shiny buttons and all. The gold buttons certainly give it a traditional flair, but I've come to embrace the look. After all, it's not often one can reasonably wear shiny gold buttons. When I wear it, I pair it with everything from grey trousers and khakis to white pants and jeans when the weather is nice. That said, I would like to buy another navy blazer, perhaps in cotton and casually constructed with light colored buttons, to better cover the navy blazer spectrum.
     


  2. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I'm not much for cotton anything when it comes to jackets. Just a pet peeve of mine. But I do want something like what you describe except in linen. It's pretty seasonal though. Not that I have a problem with that.
     


  3. LeviMay

    LeviMay Senior member

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    I sport my one blazer every week or so, but, despite what SF says, don't like it with mid-grey trou; I can't shake the security guard uniform feel. I usually wear mine with a fairly loud pair of glen check pants, some fuzzy tweed-type houndstooth (that resolve to light grey at a distance), or chinos.
     


  4. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I gotta tell ya, I am not a fan off odd trousers. Besides, if you pair that blazer with mid gray flannel then there is no way you will be mistaken for a security guard.
     


  5. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    I think this fear is way overblown. A security guard looks like this because he is wearing something obviously cheap that doesn't fit him, usually with a giant crest on it somewhere. I'm fairly certain most of the folks in this thread can easily avoid that (WAYWRN may be a different story, though).

    And yeah, +1 to no patterned trousers.
     
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  6. NDND2012

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    Question from a noob:
    I've got a navy wool suit jacket that would see more action if I wore it separate as a "blazer". Is this ill advised? Is there difference other than the buttons?
     


  7. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Traditionally, yes there is a difference other than the buttons. A blazer is generally distinguished by patch pockets, textured material, certain differences in cut, etc. Some blazers incorporate all these features and more, some only a few. An orphaned suit jacket will look like an orphaned suit jacket. That being said, some blazers look very suit jacket like, with only a few things to distinguish them (but keep in mind there should ALWAYS be something to distinguish them IMO). In fact, there is an interesting discussion on this very topic going on right now in the "good taste" thread. Take a look. My advice? Don't do it. Just get a blazer.
     
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  8. NDND2012

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    Thanks! Found the thread now. Will heed your advice.
     


  9. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I think that a navy blazer of some sort is a wardrobe essential and personally love metal buttons. It's the only garment that actually gives you an excuse / opportunity to wear metals buttons and adds some diversity to a wardrobe. A two button notch lapel is probably the most common form, but I don't think it's the only acceptable one or even the best. I don't think there's a particular type of navy blazer that is truly essential but you should have at least one. I only own one and it is double breasted with silver buttons. If you really don't like metal buttons, then I would keep as many of the blazer features as possible that have been described and perhaps wear some brown horn buttons or something that will not look like orphaned suit coat buttons.

    I wear mine with mid grey, light grey, light tan and cream trousers. I think the concern about looking like a security guard is overblown. Perhaps I'd be worried if I wore mine with a white shirt and dark navy or black tie, but I don't. Plus a really nice pair of shoes would help offset that image. I'm much more likely to be in a light blue or pink shirt wearing my blazer and you'd have a hard time getting anyone to think that you look like a security guard then.
     


  10. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Well, the thing you must understand is that my wardrobe is fairly sizable. It's not huge mind you, but I never have a problem finding something different to wear every day. So I don't know if I'm necessarily worried about diversity. I can definitely see how they can be useful, but seeing how little I wear mine, I'm beginning to doubt it as "essential". I know a lot of people will disagree with this, but if I had to pick five jackets I couldn't live without, it wouldn't be in there.
     


  11. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    since Bespoke is out of reach, this and that are as simple and basic I can get as a security guard. A staple in my book
     
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  12. archibaldleach

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    The size of your wardrobe might account for your views. The thing with a navy blazer is that it is extremely versatile. It goes well with most odd trousers and manages to be a bit less formal than a suit and a bit more formal than other odd jackets. Once you have more than five odd jackets, the value of a "versatile" one goes down considerably unless you're travelling. Another reason a navy blazer is referred to as "essential" is probably because it really is when you are starting to build a wardrobe. If you don't want to wear a suit but want to wear an odd jacket, a navy blazer will go with almost anything. It may never be one's preferred look, but I can wear mine with nearly every pair of odd trousers in my closet. Until you have enough different jackets to not care about this, most people really should have a navy blazer of some sort.
     


  13. woolymammoth

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    I wear a navy blazer twice a week; I have a different shade of grey flannel trouser for each blazer.

    Navy warm for winter-time blazers...Loro Piana cashmere one-button peak lapel, Cerruti 1881 cashmere three-roll-two, Dormeuil cashmere double-breasted jacket and Scabal cashmere two-button notch lapel...(inferior iPhone picture).

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    Have a pic of this color button? Thank you.
     


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    No, two are brown buttons, one has shiny silver buttons that I'm switching out for some antiqued muted brassy silver next trip to the tailor.
     


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