Again, we go back to the original purpose of the sports jacket.
The trick lies in wearing the right blazer with the right jeans. Not all navy blazers are created equal. Some are meant to serve as a bare level of formality down from suits and ties especially the double-breasted variety. You should be looking for elements of a casual style:. Anything very crisply squared-off and military-looking is for business meetings and yachts. Look for something with a natural, un-padded shape.
Wearing jeans means wearing your jacket open at least some of the time. Double-breasted is right out and too formal to pair with jeans anyway , and three-button styles tend to flap and billow when left unbuttoned.
As above, you want to avoid flapping fabric when you wear the jacket open. A modest little bit of narrowing above the hips is all you need. A superfine wool with a lustrous sheen is going to be out of place, and so is a big, hairy tweed jacket. A simple, durable worsted is fine, as is a flannel if you prefer a more textured surface. A twill weave is easy to recognize by its narrow diagonal ribbing.
Make sure the jacket is either a smooth-faced weave or something distinct from twill like hopsack, flannel, birdseye or nailhead. You may also want to consider avoiding the traditional metallic buttons — or you may like the contrast in your outfit.
Metal buttons are more conservative and a bit preppy; plastic or mother-of-pearl buttons that match the jacket color or complement it more subtly are a more modern and urbane look. Jeans and sports jackets lend themselves to natural contrasts. In this case, the piping is in college colours , and college buttons are worn. This traditional style can be seen in many films set in the Edwardian era, such as Kind Hearts and Coronets. Where the blazer is part of the dress of a school, college, sports club, or armed service regimental association veterans' organization , it is normal for a badge to be sewn to the breast pocket.
In schools, this badge may vary according to the pupil's standing in the school: In the British Commonwealth, many regimental associations wear "regimental blazers" which also sport a similar badge on the breast pocket, usually in the form of a wire badge, and sometimes also regimental blazer buttons.
In the British army, officers do not normally wear badges on their blazers or boating jackets. Two regimental blazers will rarely be the same, as they are sourced from different civilian suppliers and are not issued by any authority. This results from the fact that the members of the association are no longer serving personnel, but civilians, though still retaining the bond that the badge represents.
The standard colour is navy blue, although in some associations different colours are worn, such as rifle green for the associations of rifle regiments. Blazers, once commonly worn playing or attending traditional "gentlemen's sports", persist in only some games now, such as occasional use by tennis players, or in cricket, where in professional matches, such as international test matches, it is considered customary for the captain to wear a blazer with the team's logo or national coat of arms on the breast pocket — at least during the coin toss at the beginning of the match.
The former event awards a crimson blazer to the winner of several flights of match race sailing of the highest international calibre, while the latter awards a green blazer to the top Masters golfer in the USA. The sartorial term blazer originated with the red "blazers" of the Lady Margaret Boat Club , the rowing club of St. The Lady Margaret club jackets were termed blazers because of the bright red cloth, and the term survived the original red coat.
A writer to the London Daily News 22 August commented that "In your article of to-day … you speak of 'a striped red and black blazer', 'the blazer', also of 'the pale toned' ones … A blazer is the red flannel boating jacket worn by the Lady Margaret, St.
John's College, Cambridge, Boat Club. When I was at Cambridge it meant that and nothing else. It seems from your article that a blazer now means a coloured flannel jacket, whether for cricket, tennis, boating, or seaside wear. These early blazers were like later sports jackets, but this term has never referred to blazers, instead describing jackets derived from the later innovation of wearing odd jackets for land-based sports.
Assertions that the name is derived from HMS Blazer are not borne out by contemporary sources, although it is reported that before the standardization of uniform in the Royal Navy , the crew of HMS Blazer wore "striped blue and white jackets",  apparently in response to the sailors of HMS Harlequin being turned out in harlequin suits.
The reefer jacket was of naval origin, and described the short double-breasted jacket worn by sailors in harsh weather, when they performed duties such as reefing the sails. It is descendants of this which are now commonly described by the term blazer. Originally with black horn buttons, these jackets evolved to the modern dark blazer, now single as well as double breasted, and with metallic buttons.
Various photos from and show London mods in boating blazers. These later blazers often had non-metal buttons, sometimes in the same colour as the edging. The earlier style of striped blazers can be seen in the film Quadrophenia. The later, bright, style of blazer was affectionately adopted by Austin Powers as part of his Swinging-London look. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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