The Blue Blazer (Thanks, OTC)

Off the Cuff posted about the Blue Blazer this morning. It is a great post – one worth reading (actually, the entire blog is great – give it a read). I thought I’d share my experience:

The blue blazer is the workhorse of my closet. I work in a ‘business casual’ environment, but it is very rare that I go to work without a sportcoat or a blazer. I have three blue blazers, and each of them serve a purpose.
1. Brooks Brothers 2-button blue blazer. This is the ‘standard’, the ‘classic’ – it goes with everything.

2. Hickey Freeman 2-button blue blazer. This is the most formal of the three. It is a very dark navy blue and has Roman coin buttons. This one has a slimmer fit, and looks black if I wear it with a white shirt (I usually wear a blue or pinstripe shirt).

3. Brooks Brothers vintage 3/2 sack. This is my favorite of the three. I found it at a second-hand store for $10. It fit like a glove, so I couldn’t pass it up. It’s very ‘American’ – soft shoulders, brass buttons, etc. I’ve worn this one with everything from charcoal flannels and shell loafers to jeans and boots.
I always keep my blazers on wooden hangers. It keeps the shape and doesn’t crease the shoulders. I’m not much of a ‘flashy’ pocket square guy, but I do have a couple that get used more frequently than others – a white linen square and a cream silk square.
For as long as I can remember I’ve owned a blue blazer – as a kid going to church, to high school dances, to pledging & Fraternity life, to graduation, adulthood, and professional life.
It’s probably worth spending a little extra money on a blue blazer – it will never go out of style, and will become a staple of your wardrobe.
Some of my favorites:
Brooks Brothers – the classic
J. Press – ‘the’ Sack
H. Stockton – good people
Ben Silver – don’t forget their blazer buttons, quite a selection…
Orvis – they offer a green option as well
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7 Comments

  1. Brian
    11/02/2009 / 1:39 AM

    Couldn't agree more. I found my blazers to be great when I travel, and I always tell the new associates around the office that it would be a wise investment for them.

  2. L.A.S
    11/02/2009 / 3:28 AM

    No double breasted in the collection?

  3. OTC
    11/02/2009 / 4:47 AM

    Great collection; and thanks for the nod. Excellent site and Southern class.

    Best,
    OTC

  4. Skip Brooks
    11/02/2009 / 12:15 PM

    I only have one J.Crew blue blazer. Maybe I should step my blue blazer game up!

    Great find with #3

  5. JRS
    11/02/2009 / 10:55 PM

    Brian – great advice.

    L.A.S – no DB yet. One day…

    OTC – thank you very much for the kind words…come back and see us!

    Skip – Nothing wrong with the J. Crew blazer. I've tried them on in the store, and like the fit.

  6. David
    11/03/2009 / 2:47 AM

    It's funny how you can have three of pretty much the same thing but they will each have different roles. I have probably more blue blazers than I need, but I definitely only wear them for certain situations. Some are thicker wool and some are thin cotton or linen. I also have different types of khakis of different materials for different situations. I think a blue blazer plain or minimal patterning, a button up and khakis is one of the best and most versatile outfits there is!

  7. Mark
    01/30/2010 / 3:44 AM

    The classic blue blazer: an indispensable wardrobe item. I've had every conceivable material, button configuration, tailoring. I wear them at least once per week and usually more. They are as versatile as anything in the closet.

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