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The Great Navy Blazer Conundrum

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

  1. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    I'm not a fan of shiny metal buttons - just not my thing. I do like smoky grey mother of pearl buttons on a blazer, though. More subdued bling.
     


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    alexSF Senior member

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    I agree, but the right silver buttons could be very classy, especially in a DB.


    Honestly never liked smoked MOP.

    BTW these are my other two spring summer blazers:

    Sartoria Correale and Polo

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  3. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    I've recently ordered a MTM (local tailor) navy odd jacket in Holland & Sherry hopsack from the InterCity book (want to stick with cheaper fabrics until I'm happy with the fit). Wanted something a bit more casual than straight flapped pockets but not as casual as patch pockets, so I went for straight flaps (which I will wear tucked in) with a ticket pocket. I've been thinking about it, and now I'm wondering if that is OK or if it will make the jacket look too much like a suit coat - in which case I'll just order matching trousers, as I believe it's a bit late to change it now. It will be single breasted, with horn buttons, 10 cm notch lapels, slightly roped shoulders, welt breast pocket, fully lined.
     


  4. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I think as long as the buttons aren't black you're fine. Especially if the fabric weave is pretty rough and it's not so dark a navy.
     


  5. Balfour

    Balfour Senior member

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    There was a debate about that in the whnay thread. Assuming you didn't want metal or MoP buttons, my question was whether a cloth appropriate for a blazer and brown horn buttons was enough, or whether you needed patch pockets as well. Opinion seemed to divide to some degree, although Foo and others strongly recommended patch pockets.
     


  6. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    If you ask me, I prefer patch pockets, but if I really like the jacket I'll still wear it whether it has them or not. I do insist that it has blazer appropriate buttons though. By that I mean brass, MOP, SMOP, or silver if you REALLY want it. ;o)
     


  7. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    It is a quite smooth hopsack, and a medium navy. It's not as dark as the serge double breasted blazer I already have, but it's definately not on the lighter side, and is rather "suity". Well, the book was a suiting book after all.

    I wanted to have flap pockets not only because they're more formal than patch, but also because I find them more flattering for my figure. But maybe I should have gone with patch pockets. Well, it probably won't be my only blazer (I want to have a summer weight made, too), so...

    I guess I can always replace the buttons for something like MOP or brass to make it look more like an odd jacket and less like an orphaned suit coat...
     
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  8. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    Looks like crepe or fresco to me, both of which tend to be pretty wrinkle-resistant. And local shop plus no wrinkles makes me think it's probably a poly and/or nylon blend -- not that there's anything wrong with that. Coolest suiting I've ever had was a wool, linen and nylon blend, from J. Crew, early-mid 90s.
     
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  9. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    TBH I think concern about this is a little bit overblown. Maybe the jacket would be better with some other casual detail like swelled edges or a little bit rougher fabric, but 1) I think brown buttons are enough to differentiate it (the ticket pocket is fine but does basically nothing to casualify or blazerify a jacket anymore IMHO) 2) it's silly to live in fear of everyone thinking you're too poor to afford a jacket that's separate from your suit jacket.

    It's one thing if it's a pinstripe or a charcoal jacket that clearly belongs to a suit (although plenty of ppl wear a pinstripe jacket separately...I think it looks weird). But navy has wide acceptance as a suit and as an odd jacket. If someone doesn't like patch pockets or metal buttons they're supposed to avoid a navy blazer because it could be confused with a suit? Forget about it. Wear it with pride and don't think twice.
     


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    Jamesgatz Senior member

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    I browsed through that thread. So, that's what it was like, back in the glory days.
     
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  11. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    That is a reasonable analysis. Now that you mention it, if I stop to think a little about it, over-analyzing and group thinking is going a bit too far in this forum lately (and admittedly, I've been part of it). I'll just follow your advice and enjoy the jacket - the cloth and pocket styling were my choices, after all. [​IMG]
     
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    To be fair, it is a forum focused on men's style... I would expect a deeper level of thought and analysis here than I would from the general public.
     


  13. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    Of course, but it's been bordering on dogmatic.

    Unbelragazzo is right, a navy blazer/odd jacket is such an accepted and versatile item that it should be open to almost any styling variances.
     
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    I don't know, I got a pretty good beat-down in the good taste thread for my navy odd jacket. In all likelihood, it truly is a suit fabric. It does have brown/gray/white horn buttons though, which is probably the only characteristic that gives it anything to distinguish it from a suit.
    Here is the picture I posted on the other thread:
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  15. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Tough crowd. I guess there could be more to distinguish it from a suit jacket in terms of material, but by the same token I highly doubt that when worn with contrasting pants, it will look like anything other than what it is: a pretty sharp blazer.

    I have one DB navy blazer in a similar material, and a SB with a more textured fabric.
     


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