History of Men's Blazers

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History of Men's Blazers
The blazer acts as a good substitute for a suit jacket. (handsome men image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

In the fashion world, a man's blazer has traditionally functioned as a dressy or formal jacket that is used as an alternative to a suit jacket. While it can be hard to tell the difference between blazers and sports jackets, there are certain characteristics that make a blazer and blazer.


According to Ties-Necktie.com, the history of the men's blazer dates back to England in 1837. A young Queen Victoria is said to have sent a notice to the Commander of the H.M.S. Blazer, informing him that she would soon be inspecting his ship. Desiring to impress the Queen, and taking stock of his crew's hideous attire, the Commander decided that his crew needed a new uniform. The Commander ultimately decided to outfit his men in short, double-breasted jackets with brass Royal Navy buttons.


The colour of the first blazers worn by the crew of the H.M.S. Blazer is highly disputed. Some fashion experts say the colours were navy blue and white; others say the jackets were striped. In contemporary society, the traditional blazer started out as navy blue with brass buttons. Now, blazers come in double and single-breasted styles, as well as in many colours and patterns. Ties-Necktie.com maintains that high-quality blazers are normally made of 100 per cent wool. Lower-quality blazers are usually less comfortable and made of synthetic fabrics.


According to AskMen.com contributor Maggie Kalogeropoulos, many people confuse traditional men's blazers with sports jackets. Though similar in many respects, "subtle style differences make the two wardrobe pieces very distinct from one another." The central difference between the two jackets is that a sports jacket is normally textured and often patterned, whereas a blazer is usually a solid colour made of smooth fabric, and normally contains brass buttons.


Kalogeropoulos identifies the main types of blazers that exist in men's fashion: the traditional blazer, the nautical blazer, and the coloured blazer. Traditional blazers usually include a club badge on the breast pocket and can contain flap or patch pockets and peak or notch lapels. Nautical blazers are navy-coloured with brass buttons, made of lightweight fabric and usually paired with white trousers. Coloured blazers come in bright, dramatic colours like red and purple, as well as stripes, and are worn in more casual settings like weekend getaways.

Blazer Rules for the Modern Man

<p>Askmen.com suggests that if you're planning to wear a blazer instead of a suit jacket, keep the breast pocket empty; do not affix a badge to the pocket unless you're wearing it for club purposes. If you're younger, avoid wearing double-breasted nautical blazers, as these are generally worn by older men. The best kind of blazer for the modern man is the single-breasted blazer, as it is contemporary and versatile, can be dressed up or casual, and can be accessorised with a tie. In any formal setting like a business meeting, men should always wear suits instead of a blazer and slacks.

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