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
Orvis – they offer a green option as well