It was Sunday morning, the first day of September, autumn, the lovely transition from summer into winter… Well, let’s be honest – nothing has changed. Here in Athens (Greece), it’s still summer, and a hot one! My friends had the idea of going to the yacht club for coffee and so I’ve decided to dressed up in navy colors. So, I’ve put on my navy blazer and a couple of blue striped T-shirts, combined with a pair of denim jeans. Blue is an easy color to match and a blue jacket or a blazer is considered as an absolute “must-have”! You can see the navy blazer everywhere, it’s in all kinds of different environments: politically, military or even academia and business. There aren’t many other items of clothing with that kind of versatility.
As a key piece in the man’s wardrobe, the classic navy blazer reflects the preppy navy spirit. Featuring notched lapels, a single-breasted silhouette, colourful elbow patches and three or four brass buttons. Today, it still conveys a sense of ease and luxury, when mixed with other staples, including chinos, oxford shirts and cable-knit sweaters or a simple T-shirt and a pair of jeans for a more casual look. Blazers are also worn with a wide variety of clothes, ranging from a shirt and tie to an open-necked polo shirt. They are seen with trousers of all colours, from the classic white cotton or linen, to grey flannel, to brown, beige or other pale colored chinos. They can be combined with blue, brown and white shoes.
Stylistically, blazers often are uniform garments, e.g. for airlines (speaking of which, in my airline I have been wearing a blue blazer with golden brass buttons, shoulder paddings and working it), schools and yachting clubs. A blazer is generally distinguished from a sportcoat, as a more formal garment and tailored from solid color fabrics. Blazers are often made with naval-style metal buttons, reflecting their historic boating club association. The shoulder padding is also very minimal giving you a natural look. It doesn’t appear as if the suit is wearing you or you’re smuggling football pads.
Where the blazer is part of the dress of a school, college, sports club, or armed service veterans’ association, it is normal for a badge to be sewn to the breast pocket.
Striped blazers became popular among British Mods in the early 1960s, and again during the Mod revival of the late 1970s — particularly in three-colour thick/thin stripe combinations, with three-button single breasted front, five or six inch side or centre vents and sleeve-cuffs with multi-buttons.
More than 50 years later, the blazer remains a modern essential that draws on British influences. In the United States, the jacket became a common choice in the first half of the 20th century among prep school and college students, as well as other east coast gentlemen, who wore these jackets with the grey flannel trousers that were emblematic of 1950s style. Since then, the navy blazer has become an indispensable part of every man’s wardrobe thanks to its heritage, versatility and tailored refinement—all of which are styling qualities that will never go out of style.
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