A Tribute to the Gentleman’s Blazer

Nov 22, 2016 | Latest Posts, Stories

Even if you do not need to wear a suit to the office, probably will not live a suit-free life. Inevitably, you will need to dress for one of life’s special occasions. You should keep a suit – cut in a timeless style in one of the timeless colors (navy, black or gray) ready at all times. But, even if you are not required to wear this all-purpose suit regularly, you should try it on from time to time, to assure that you can actually close the buttons around your waist. If you find that your suit jacket no longer buttons comfortably you should have it altered or send it to a charity thrift shop and buy a new one. Another highly important piece in your wardrobe is the classic men’s blazer.

EXTRA:

“How to order a bottle of wine?”

When you host a dinner in a restaurant, you may want to order a bottle of wine you like, or one suggested by your dinner companion, as long as you can comfortably afford it.

In general red wine is still the wine of choice to accompany red meat, pasta dishes with tomato sauces, and most heavy starters. White wines are usually selected to accompany fish, seafood, chicken, salads and pasta dishes with light sauces. However, you should allow your host to feel free to order any wine he/she likes.

The wine will then be presented to you by the server, as he will show you the label. He should also offer you the cork, so that you can see that it is not too dry. Next, the server will pour a sip of wine in your glass, in order for you to perform a quick taste test. If the wine passes your test, you should allow the server to pour it, first for your guests, and then for you. If you have ordered a white wine, the server will leave it in a cooler at tableside, whereas for red, he will leave it on the table. In either case, you may wait for the server to return to refill any empty glasses, or you may take care of that duty yourself.

The men’s blazer is by definition an odd jacket, or a jacket that has been cut separately without a matching pair of trousers, clearly differentiating it from a suit. The blazer is a great way to add a whole new range of outfits by pairing them with anything from a pair of jeans to a different colored trouser. The great versatility of the men’s blazer really shines when you have to go to more than one place in a day and don’t feel like running home to change. You can wear a blazer with gray trousers and a tie to work, and then remove the tie and throw on some jeans for a dinner date in the city. The first detail, a bit obvious, to note is that the blazer is not part of a suit. Never try to wear similar colored trousers with your blazer, the two garments won’t be cut from the same fabric and there is always a slight difference in texture or shade. A good tweed or camel hair blazer will carry you through almost any fall or winter event, but my best friend in the entire wardrobe is certainly the navy-blue blazer. A navy blazer made of a year-round-weight worsted wool can be your ally in all seasons and in all hours of the day. Also, if the jacket of your dark suit is well cut, it could serve you as a sports coat too.

The men’s blazer is by definition an odd jacket, or a jacket that has been cut separately without a matching pair of trousers, clearly differentiating it from a suit. The blazer is a great way to add a whole new range of outfits by pairing them with anything from a pair of jeans to a different colored trouser. The great versatility of the men’s blazer really shines when you have to go to more than one place in a day and don’t feel like running home to change. You can wear a blazer with gray trousers and a tie to work, and then remove the tie and throw on some jeans for a dinner date in the city. The first detail, a bit obvious, to note is that the blazer is not part of a suit. Never try to wear similar colored trousers with your blazer, the two garments won’t be cut from the same fabric and there is always a slight difference in texture or shade. A good tweed or camel hair blazer will carry you through almost any fall or winter event, but my best friend in the entire wardrobe is certainly the navy-blue blazer. A navy blazer made of a year-round-weight worsted wool can be your ally in all seasons and in all hours of the day. Also, if the jacket of your dark suit is well cut, it could serve you as a sports coat too.

RULES:

  1. As a gentleman you should try to carry as few items as possible in the pockets of your trousers, thereby preserving their classic drape.
  2. You should always button your suit or sports coat when standing.
    When wearing a three-button jacket, always close your second button (the middle one). And if the lapels of your jacket are short enough, you may choose to close your top button as well. For a double breasted jacket, always button the two buttons at all times.
  3. If you wear a two button jacket however, you only close the top button.
  4. Your jacket sleeves are short enough to display a half inch of your shirt cuffs.
  5. And in case of a three-piece suit, always leave the bottom button of the vest unbuttoned, no matter what time of the day.

 

A gentleman in a navy-blue blazer can sail through life with utter self-confidence. More than any other jacket in my wardrobe, the navy blazer has earned its right to be admitted to virtually any event I would attend. If the blazer is cut from good worsted wool, it can be used in all climates and in all seasons. In the fall and winter, it seems drawn to a pair of gray flannel trousers, while in springtime and summer, it is perfectly set off by a pair of light grays colorful cottons, or even white linens. If we can say that the gentleman’s wardrobe has one standard piece than it has to be the navy blazer.

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