The Great Navy Blazer Conundrum

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  1. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    This is kind of the point I'm reaching. That is not to say I would never wear a navy blazer again, but it's usefulness is getting less and less in terms of what I tend to pick out to wear everyday. However I think I could still find a way to wear a navy blazer suit. Now THAT is something I covet.
     


  2. driftking

    driftking Well-Known Member

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    Foo do you think these would look good on a blue blazer? Sorry for the bad pic....




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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Understandable. I think once your wardrobe is large enough, you can probably phase out certain "essentials" that are the recommended basic pieces for a beginning wardrobe. I'll probably wear navy blazers until I die, but that's more because I like them than that I think they are essential.

    And re: the blazersuit. That will probably happen for me at some point. I really covet the mostly impractical dove grey linen suit, but the navy blazersuit is a close second.
     


  4. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Haha, yeah that's an advanced item there. But friggin awesome in concept.
     


  5. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I know you didn't ask me, but my two cents is no. I don't like it for the same reason I don't personally like horn buttons. They are perfectly acceptable items, but it doesn't offer the contrast I usually like. I think MOP buttons would look great though.
     
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  6. AlexE

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    Very true, while living in the US I have seen navy blazers with brass buttons all the time. In some regions it even seems to be an acceptable substitute for lounge suits in business settings, e.g. in the Souteast, my observation was that often navy blazer with brass buttons + khaki trousers + blue OCBD shirt ( + tie ) = typical office worker uniform. Therefore, a navy blazer is very versatile in the US as it covers the spectrum from casual to business settings.

    In Europe and also as far as I can say in Asia, brass buttons are rare and will provoke questions such as "where is the ship, skipper". Still the navy sport coat with horn, MOP and in the majority of the cases black plastic buttons is popular, but not really acceptable in more formal business settings.
     


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    driftking Well-Known Member

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    I thought this out and I ordered a set of smoked MOP. Thanks Caustic Man.
     


  8. Caustic Man

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  9. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I grew up wearing blue blazers with metal (mostly brass) buttons and flap pockets or patch pockets with flaps as a wardrobe essential. Around 1995 I ditched metal buttons and converted to dark brown horn and patch pockets. Every now and then I look at a classic blue blazer with brass buttons and it looks sharp. But I never pull the trigger on getting one. As much as I like them, they look a little too much like a dated menswear prop. Attractive but not entirely relevant to how I choose to dress today.

    I would recommend a navy blazer to anyone with patch pockets and dark brown horn buttons as a starting point.

    If you want to wear metal buttons, consider something distinctive. I once had some antique silver buttons on a blazer. That helps to take away from the, "Heading to the yacht club again?" look.

    For spring and summer, consider a jacket in a slightly lighter shade of navy (wool, wool/silk, or wool/silk/linen blend) and ivory colored buttons.
     
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    Definitely. In Scandinavia, far from being a discreet staple, blazers are seldom seen and generally carry a heavy maritime and patrician connotation.
     
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  11. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    So what would be the European equivalent, if there is one? I see odd jackets from our European contributors quite frequently. Is that simply what ya'll tend to wear when not in a suit?
     


  12. Caustic Man

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    Definitely starting to feel the linen navy thing for next summer.
     


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    Yes. But it's normally suit jackets moonlighting as odd jackets, not odd jackets proper.
     


  14. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Is this accepted in Europe? The suit "jacket as sport coat" thing is not only frowned upon on SF but in the U.S. in general among those in the know.
     


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    Lots of blue jackets here as well, just minus the brass buttons.
     


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