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Why hate the navy blazer?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by itsstillmatt, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Dapper Dandy

    Dapper Dandy Senior member

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    Count me as a gold-button hater, and I'm not a huge fan of the navy jacket. I have a very nice one, but I always feel like one of my brown sportcoats works better. I have a brown corduroy sportcoat for fall/winter, and a khaki-colored linen sportcoat for sping/summer. These get much more use than my navy blazer, which I find old-mannish.

    On a somewhat related note, if you're fairly short (5'9" or thereabouts), don't odd jackets break up your profile and make you look shorter? Should I stay away from all sportcoats and blazers?
     


  2. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    I had the buttons on my blue blazers replaced with smoke mother of pearl buttons.

    John, what if Seraphin made a navy blazer? Maybe in some sort of suede or antelope?
     


  3. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    I have blue horn buttons on all my blue blazer/odd jackets but I did see some interesting blue Cloisinette buttons(with gold) in China that I may try.
     


  4. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Senior member

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    Don't be hatin'......
     


  5. countdemoney

    countdemoney Senior member

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    Blazers just don't work for me. Not hatred, just not for me.
     


  6. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    But are not the buttons a defining element of the blazer? Take away the gilt and aren't you left with a navy odd jacket?

    The history of the blazer (and buttons) is very interesting. Apparently, the buttons had the family coat of arms or one's 'club' insignia upon them. Does anyone still have buttons with their family or club insignia?

    The blazer wasn't always navy blue either. The shades of blue varied as did the types of buttons and the button placement. (DB, SB, # of buttons on sleeves)

    The blazer seems to have gotten its name from the early wearers who's odd jackets had stripes and their club's loud colors on them. The jackets started to become so bright with colors that they earned the name "blazer".

    I wonder, is it the buttons that give it the name "blazer"? That seems to be the identifying characteristic but not how the blazer became what it is today.
     


  7. pkincy

    pkincy Senior member

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    The history of the blazer (and buttons) is very interesting. Apparently, the buttons had the family coat of arms or one's 'club' insignia upon them. Does anyone still have buttons with their family or club insignia?
    .


    Most of the eastern and southeastern schools have blazer buttons with the school crest. And I have been out of the fraternity business for some 40 odd years but I wouldn't be surprised if the fraternity buttons still exist.

    A close bud has been volunteering at the Crosby (nee AT&T) for 26 years and senior staff of the volunteers get a blue blazer with a snappy blazer patch.

    I have about 6 Navy blue blazers, ranging from a Brioni 2 button down to a Pat Zileri from Ebay that I wear on airline flights, up to several DBs, some with gold buttons some with out and some with enamel/gold.

    Perry
     


  8. tiger02

    tiger02 Militarist

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    [​IMG]
     


  9. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Are they petit-bourgeois? [​IMG]
    No. They're more like "vigile de supermarchÃ[​IMG]" [​IMG]

    !luc
     


  10. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Count me as a gold-button hater, and I'm not a huge fan of the navy jacket. I have a very nice one, but I always feel like one of my brown sportcoats works better. I have a brown corduroy sportcoat for fall/winter, and a khaki-colored linen sportcoat for sping/summer. These get much more use than my navy blazer, which I find old-mannish. On a somewhat related note, if you're fairly short (5'9" or thereabouts), don't odd jackets break up your profile and make you look shorter? Should I stay away from all sportcoats and blazers?
    Depends on the length of the jacket and the pattern. I'm 5'7 (wear size 36) and I favour plain or textured sportscoats with a slightly shorter length than suits coats. Narrow shoulders and trim fit will help too.

    !luc
     


  11. johnapril

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    I had the buttons on my blue blazers replaced with smoke mother of pearl buttons.

    John, what if Seraphin made a navy blazer? Maybe in some sort of suede or antelope?


    I thought that madman was on it.
     


  12. johnapril

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    No. They're more like "vigile de supermarchÃ[​IMG]" [​IMG]

    !luc


    OK, now, I have been to France frequently enough to almost get that joke.
     


  13. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    No. They're more like "vigile de supermarchÃ[​IMG]" [​IMG]

    !luc


    Ou simplement garde de sÃ[​IMG]curitÃ[​IMG] d'un immeuble du centre-ville.
     


  14. norcaltransplant

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    I can't stand traditional brass buttons on my blazer. That being said, I picked up a nice double-vent Dunhill last year, removed the brass buttons, and replaced them with non-descript corozo. It makes for a nice addition to the wardrobe, though the worsted wool makes it a bit too dressy for casual wear.
     


  15. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Ou simplement garde de sÃ[​IMG]curitÃ[​IMG] d'un immeuble du centre-ville.
    Our vigile wears a shapeless 3B black suit. Of course, we are not a supermarchÃ[​IMG] ... more an atelier de pressurage.
     


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