When to wear a navy blazer

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When to wear a navy blazer
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Navy, black, brown and tan are the most common colours for blazers. Navy is probably the least common of the most common, and it may be a daunting task to figure out with which clothing navy coordinates. However, you have many options for that lonely navy blazer in your closet.

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With Navy Pants

Many men prefer to wear brown jackets with navy trousers, which is acceptable, but navy jackets also work well with navy trousers for dinner parties, at the office or on a date. Simply wear a light tan shirt with tan shoes, and you are good to go. Even a yellow shirt with brown shoes would work.

If your suit did not come as a set, navy trousers are available everywhere. Try any navy slacks. Suit trousers will likely not match well with a random blazer, but regular slacks should work just fine.

When to wear a navy blazer
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With Tan Slacks

Tan slacks with a navy blazer is not a work outfit, unless you work in a library or as a college professor. This look is for the dressy person who is going for a casual ensemble, a person who would wear this outfit on a Friday when everyone else is wearing jeans.

This could also be worn at the golf course, but it would be more common at a country club for lunch midweek.

When to wear a navy blazer
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On a Yacht With White

One of the most popular looks for a blue blazer is the sailor look. A blue blazer with white trousers is the perfect outfit for sipping martinis on the deck of a 20-foot beauty off the coast of Newport Beach. The look’s prevalence has faded somewhat in the past 30 years, but it still remains popular with older gentlemen.

When to wear a navy blazer
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With Jeans

A navy blazer goes well with blue jeans, especially for the younger generation. The look has versatility, going from casual Friday at work to a dinner party to the club. It can be the look of a metrosexual on a hot date or an indie concertgoer waiting in line to see his favourite band. Paired with a nice button-down shirt and a tie, it can be the perfect outfit in which to meet your partner’s parents for the first time.

When to wear a navy blazer
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With Shorts

A blue blazer with shorts might not be the most trendy look, but it definitely works. The right shorts are key, of course, but there is a wide variety of workable choices. Currently, plaid shorts that are a little fitted are popular. Pair them with a polo shirt, blue blazer and some flip-flops, and you have the perfect casual-day outfit for the mall, the beach, a friend's house or the golf course. A tan or olive pair of shorts will work, too. Avoid denim shorts, though.

When to wear a navy blazer
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