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The blazer is an integral part of every gentleman's and every man should have at least one. So, what exactly is a blazer? First, it's a stand alone jacket with non-matching trousers and it can mean a different color, a different pattern, and different texture. So you can have worsteds, flannel, even tweed or striped trousers and it will all qualify as a blazer combination.
A blazer is either a jacket with a solid color such as navy blue, I'm wearing here or it could be of stripes, usually bold stripes, not a pinstripe, not a chalk stripe. Anything else like houndstooth, checks, is not a blazer. Most blazers in the market today come in a solid, navy blue such as the ones you can see here. Sometimes you can also find them in bottle green, maybe in red or an off white, but that's basically the color scheme. Colorful blazers sometimes come with a contrast trim in yellow or red or white and it's a very bold look, that's why you rarely see it.
Blazers often come double breasted, as you can see here. This is a 6x2, 6 buttons and 2 closing buttons. You can also find 6x3 which mean 6 buttons, 3 closing buttons or 8x3 which mean 8 buttons with 3 closing buttons. Alternatively, you can also have a single breasted blazer and that's the one I'm wearing here, right now. Usually, single-breasted blazers come in 2 or 3 closing buttons, rarely in 4 or 1.
Another distinctive hallmark of a blazer are the buttons. The most popular options for blazer buttons are brass, which has that gold tone or pure which is kind of a dark silver and you also see people who use pure, yellow gold or white gold but that makes your blazer very, very expensive. For a more casual look, you can also use contrasting, horn buttons. My personal, casual favorite is white, mother of pearl because it creates a strong contrast, designated as a blazer but it's still classic. So, always make sure your blazer has contrasting buttons.
Another aspect that you have to pay attention to is the pockets. If you want your blazer to be more casual, I suggest you opt for patch pockets. On the other hand, this blazer has traditional pockets with the flap and it just depends on what look you're going for.
Another very important aspect of a blazer is the fabric. The most popular blazer fabric is serge. Another great alternative is hopsack which has kind of a two-dimensional, three-dimensional look because it sometimes has different colors, it's very popular in Italy. If you live in colder climates, maybe think about going with a navy flannel blazer, it has a very sophisticated look, and it keeps you warm. If you live in warmer climates, think about maybe a linen blazer or a fresco blazer.Striped blazers often come in cotton, sometimes in velvet or combination of wool and cotton.
In terms of vents, I suggest you go with side vents because center vents are just for horseback riding. For sleeve buttons,I suggest you go with three or traditional four, if you want it more casual, you can also go with two.
Generally, a blazer should fit like a suit jacket or a sport coat. What does it mean? It means the shoulder seam should be on your shoulder bone. The collar should sit tight against your neck. You want to have some room in your shoulders, ideally, you want a smaller armhole for a greater range of movement and in terms of length, always cover your rear end.
If you want a more formal blazer, you should get a more structured interlining. Traditionally, blazers often had shoulder pads but at the moment, a lot of people prefer them without shoulder pads and small armholes for a very natural shoulder line.
Last but not the least, how should you wear and combine a blazer? As I indicated before, you want to match contrasting trousers. The good thing about that is, you can use basically any trouser you have in your closet. The only thing to avoid with a blazer is black pants and black altogether because black and navy never work well.
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