Blazers are beautiful. Perhaps like no other male clothing item. They are a piece that can really say a little something about who you are. The range of blazers is so varied. I can pretty much guarantee I could pull any random guy off the street and find a blazer which would suit his look, personality, occupation and style.
The word blazer’s often used interchangeably with “sport coat” but they are slightly different garments. If a blazer can be thought of as a more casually-cut suit jacket, then a sports coat can distinguished as a less formal version again. Whereas a blazer is normally a solid color, sports coats can vary considerably in cloth, color and general design.
The history of this jacket date back to the 1800s, when they began to be worn by rowing clubs at Cambridge and Oxford University. But the name is commonly believed to be derived from the British Royal Navy warship HMS Blazer, whose crew members began sporting the style as part of their uniforms in 1837.
Unlike a suit, every man doesn’t need one in his wardrobe. He needs a few. Think of it as versatile as the hoodie — only for grown-ups! Slap on a blazer and no matter what else you’re wearing you instantly look more put together. When you’re in the market for a new blazer, here are a few things to think about.
One button or three? There are no hard and fast rules. Just a few suggestions.
Single-button blazers look great on slim, short guys and tend to appear a bit more casual. This probably isn’t the first blazer you should buy, or the second, but perhaps a great choice for a neat light jacket on warm summer evenings out and about town.
Two-button blazers are the classic blazer style that never go out of date. This is your first blazer. They also tend to make you seem taller by lengthening your torso. Who doesn’t want to be taller?
Three-button blazers are great for guys who are taller (6 feet plus) since the buttons go higher on the chest, and may tend to make you look a little boxed in if you’re shorter. But then styles vary. Try one on and you should get an idea of how it suits your body type.
HOW MANY BUTTONS TO DO UP?
Legend has it that the English King Edward VII inspired the trend of leaving the bottom button of a suit or blazer undone. The reason being in his case — he was simply too fat. So rather than make their respected noble self-conscious, his people began to follow his style. I don’t know if this is true, but it’s certainly a fact today that many jackets hang better on the body if the lowest button is left undone. When you sit you should unbutton your jacket and when standing refasten it. But how many buttons? The simple rule of thumb is this: top — always, middle (assuming you have one) — sometimes, bottom — never.
Linen and cotton are ideal light, breathable materials for warm-weather blazers — especially if you’re heading off on holiday to the tropics. It’s best to avoid pairing a light colored blazer with light colored pants — you don’t want to look like you have an almost-suit. Go for jeans and sneakers or brown brogue or loafer shoes.
Woolen or corduroy blazers are excellent choices for autumn — when the cold is creeping in yet you’re not quite ready to break out your favorite overcoat. They’re comfortable, look great, and are a good choice for dinners with friends or casual Friday. Wear these blazers with a casual oxford, or a polo shirt, sweaters, jeans, and a pair of boots.
The basic black blazer works with almost anything and can be worn at both casual and formal occasions. A black blazer is a common first date choice. A part of jeans and smart brogues and what can possibly go wrong? A pair of darker jeans will make your look more formal, but don’t go too light with your pants choice — like beige drills — you’ll look tacky.