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The Great Navy Blazer Conundrum

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

  1. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    What do you recommend instead? A repp or wool tie (or cotton/linen tie in the summer)?
     
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  2. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I have usually worn a wool/silk blend tie or repp stripe. I'm not big on cotton or linen ties but I could see how they might work. I have been experimenting with silk PSs when wearing a wool tie to try and get the whole contrasting textures thing going. Cream silk is a love it or hate it thing around here it seems, but it might be worth a try.
     
  3. alexSF

    alexSF Senior member

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    Talking of MOP:

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    Sleeves (and hair :nodding:) are actually shortened.

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  4. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    I have 3 navy blazers all with gold buttons and the only one I don't really wear is the double-breasted 6x2 one -who although its great for a Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell costume. As for the other two, I wear them with gray flannels, khaki's, GTH pants, or even with jeans. Just a wardrobe basic that goes with everything.
     
  5. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    More MoP - cotton blazer

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  6. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    I do agree that the tie might be a bit on the formal side. For now, wool ties are fine, but I'm not sure they are seasonally appropriate in the spring and summer. That is why I mentioned cotton and linen ties.
     
  7. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    I have just replaced the buttons on my DB blazer with metal ones, which resemble 1/4 florin coins. They're probably not exquisite taste, but I kinda like how they look:

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    The single breasted blazer I've commissioned will come with horn buttons, but I'm thinking I'll probably have them replaced with MOP.
     
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  8. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I've always loved this kind of look. I bought some shoes and a belt in snuff suede specifically so I could put together something like this.
     
  9. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I would tend to agree, although I will sometimes wear some of my brighter wool ties in the spring. What I prefer though is silk knit ties for a lot of circumstances. But yeah, I do think cotton and linen could work. It's just not my personal thing.
     
  10. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    MOP would look good, but I think SMOP would look great!
     
  11. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    I've seem some rather nice smoked MOP buttons at the place where I bought the metal ones. Might get those, yup [​IMG]
     
  12. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Whatever you get it changed to, post pics when done!
     
  13. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    Will do. Should be finished in about 15-20 days, can't wait [​IMG]
     
  14. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    msulinski, I like everything but the tie and the buttons. Horn or brass would bet better imo since the other details of the coat are more formal.

    Afaik, both are fairly loose categories in that they can be made of different weaves and both have some texture. Crepe tends to be courser and thicker and/or denser, imo. Faille is another fabric that's like and fresco imo. It looks like something in between fresco and crepe imo. Crepe and faille are rarely used for men's clothing but commonly used for women's, and table cloths I think. Armani used them for menswear.

    I generally keep a white linen ps in my navy blazers. Straight fold.
     
  15. Dewi

    Dewi Senior member

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    Where do you guys get your buttons? I can't seem to find a brick and mortar store near me that has smoked or horn, just the plastic imitations.
     
  16. Loathing

    Loathing Senior member

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    I also like MOP in winter. I love them in white on the classic camel coat.
     
  17. Dewi

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    Thanks for the info. I've handled both, but with a fair amount of time between them, so I don't have much of a true comparison. They just struck me as fairly similar, so I was curious.
     
  18. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Short version: navy jackets (and gray slacks to go with them) are amazing.

    I was sitting in a cafe today, drinking coffee and occasionally glancing at one of the baristas, and realized that I wear navy jackets (with gray pants no less) more than anything else. I'll occasionally wear navy jackets with brownish pants. I have 3 solid navy jackets (slightly different textures/buttoning stances/pockets) and am looking to pick up a fourth (DB). I have 5 pairs of gray slacks (again variety of fabrics/textures/shades). Most of the pants can go with most of the jackets. This plus brown shoes gives me something that never looks terrible provided the shirt and the tie go well together. The only limiting feature of this is that it restricts what I can do with blue ties (which is my favorite color for ties).

    A few people have mentioned "growing beyond" navy jackets and gray slacks...but it is beyond me why they would want to. I think that there is enough which can be done with shirt/tie/ps/shoes as well as subtle features of the jacket and gray pants themselves that the look won't get old.

    Again, short version: I love navy jackets.
     
  19. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    That's an interesting perspective but I will say that one of the reasons navy blazers seem so versatile to me is because they seem easier to pair other things with. Personally I don't find it to be as much of a challenge to try and figure out a navy blazers as opposed to, say, a jacket in glen plaid or whatever. It might seem silly, but putting together clothes is as much of an intellectual thing as it is an aesthetic thing I believe. That having been said, I do think this thread is making me appreciate navy blazers a bit more and I am already contemplating a navy blazer centered summer.
     
  20. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It is definitely less challenging, but it also allows for more room to experiment with other elements. I'm a big fan of the "time test"...if I look back at a picture of myself in 20 years, what will I think of what I am wearing? I think I went into that in the Style vs Fashion mistress thread.

    Ultimately, I love ties and the way they combine with shirts...thus I find more satisfaction playing it safe with the jacket so that I can have a bit more fun with the shirt and tie.
     

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