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Monday, October 18, 2021

The Navy Blazer

Photo by Salt Water New England

Here are five reader questions about blazers.

  • Where do you buy your blazers?
  • Single or double-breasted, and when?
  • Sack or darted?
  • Do you have some form of personalization, such as buttons or pocket crest?
  • Do you find yourself wearing blazers less or more? 

16 comments:

  1. 1. Buy wherever there’s a good deal to be had, including thirft and consignment.
    2. DB is a universal coat. Where anywhere any time.
    3. tailoring depends on shape… and of course male/female
    4. Never
    5. Blazers and wool sport coats are mainstays this time of year and especially post-covid social occasions. Who doesn’t want to get dressed again???

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  2. 1. Talbots, or sometimes vintage LLBean when they can be found on consignment.
    2. Single breasted - looks better on me
    3. Agree w/RCJH
    4. Absolutely not, but I do love a lapel pin or brooch!
    5. More! Perfect for this time of year, plus, I added several to my collection through online consignment when everyone was wearing pajamas to work last year, so I’m looking forward to wearing them!

    I would also add, more generally, that I am a big fan of Shetland blazers or wool/cashmere blends. As a female, I like having them in some different colors, and enjoy the easy polish and warmth they add to an outfit.

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  3. As a man, my navy blazer has been practically my second skin since I started wearing them in middle schooI circa 1960. I have had two for many years, a flannel and a tropical worsted, both sack, 3/2, swelled seams, bright brass buttons, and patch pockets. O'Connell's has been my favorite source, but my current blazers are new, and I doubt I'll need more. I wear them regularly but less than when I was working. Retirement allows me to wear madras, poplin,, and seersucker in the summer and tweed in the winter, but the blazer is always in the mix, almost always with a school colors repp, but it could be either bow or four-in-hand.

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  4. 1) Seeing my two blazers (Brooks and Ralph Lauren) mysteriously shrink over the past year or so, I recently got a new one in a larger size from J. Press, which is by far my favorite.
    2) I wear my double breasted blazer (which somehow still fits) when I'm feeling a little more adventurous. They're timeless, but a little flashier than single-breasted blazers.
    3) My J. Press is of course in a sack cut, but I don't mind darts.
    4) I'm not one for crests or seals or anything, but like Anonymous above, I'll wear a small occasion-appropriate lapel pin from time to time.
    5) I'll echo RCJH above: As the world (slowly, fitfully) reopens, I am eager for more excuses to wear more tailoring in situations that I might not have before. You only live once.

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  5. 1. O'Connell's, J Press or the Andover Shop.
    2. DB only for formal occasions and parties.
    3. SB sack for normal wear.
    4. Club and Presidential inauguration buttons.
    5. Less due to lockdowns.

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  6. My favorite look is a nice, classic blazer and it was my "uniform" for years. But as I get rounder and rounder, blazers no longer like me. More's the pity. So, wear them while you can!

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  7. (1) J. Press still does navy blazers extraordinarily well, with all of the time-honored details. (2) Single breasted unless you own a white turtleneck sweater and want to look like a Russian submarine captain. (3) For men, never ever darted. (4) I have worn monogrammed blazer buttons for many years. (5) Wearing it more often than before, given the decline into near-oblivion of the suit.

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  8. Frederick J JohnsonOctober 19, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Two single breasted blazers, 3-2 roll, sack cut; J. Press of course.

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  9. Female here. I have a late-1980s Laura Ashley double-breasted navy blazer that I still wear from time to time. It's 100% wool in a very fin, flat weave, made in Hungary. Instead of brass buttons, it has dark, subtly-iridescent disc shell buttons (with four smaller ones on each sleeve) and has some shaping, two flapped pockets, and two side back vents. Navy lining with "Laura Ashley" woven-in logo. Unfortunately there are two tiny moth holes in the top right shoulder but I don't care.

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  10. J Press sack 3/2 here.

    I admire double breasted blazers but I cannot personally manage to wear them without feeling self-conscious. I either feel like a peacock fishing for a compliment, or if the setting is formal enough that it doesn't stick out, I am in a suit at that point anyway.

    No personalizations for me, I prefer staying more toward the subtle side.

    I wear a jacket of some sort every weekday, be it suit, blazer, or sport coat, so I'd say just about the same.

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  11. I no longer do much of anything for which either a suit or blazer is appropriate, so that's that. But they're all still there, ready for the last day. I used to have a double-breasted blazer, which were never all that popular. I think mine came from Macy's. But it fit perfectly, then it didn't, so it went away. One disadvantage of a double-breasted blazer or suit jacket is that they really need to be buttoned all the time or they look like, as someone said, a taxi with all the doors open.

    I always saw a blazer as an "undress" garment, best for wearing to happy events. A suit was for serious events. Never wore tails or a tuxedo but I used to frequently wear highland evening dress. Even had the Mary Jane shoes.

    One thing about suits is that I miss the days when tan or khaki summer suits were still in style. Can't imagine wearing a white linen suit, though.

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  12. I have a J. Press single-breasted sack, brass buttons with my club emblem, one in flannel for the winter and one in lighter weight for warm weather. I wear a blue blazer several days a week.

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  13. Georgetown Univ. Shop Corbin (found in a thrift store); Besse-Clarke (Pittsfield, Ma. - closed 1994); Jos. Banks. All SB, sack, one has monogrammed buttons (gift). Wear often for work, receptions, etc.

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  14. - Talbot’s and Brooks Brothers.
    - Years ago, I had a navy double-breasted from Haggar that was quite versatile, but it seemed dowdy on me after ahem, slight weight gain. Single-breasted is now easier to wear.
    - Tailoring depends on the style, I do not like anything ultra fitted.
    - No personalization.
    - I wear a wool blazer as a light jacket in fall, to dress up on an evening out, when going to church or some other such event, occasionally to work, and a seersucker one in the spring or on a cool summer evening. I love the polished look of a blazer. It is sad that so many opt to never wear one.

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  15. I've got the button's from my father's last Navy dress blues uniform on my blazer. No one knows but me.

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