21
Jan

Just a quick reminder/example of the stuff I’m drool-blogging over at the Clamorist:

Gant summer blazers

I just wish Gant dropped some madras trousers in addition to all the madras blazers and shirts they released today.

28
Dec
Suit Supply navy double-breasted blazer — I like the details on the jacket quite a bit. The only thing I’d change would be the buttons (I’d buy a set in brass and swap ‘em out). I’m particularly a fan of the fact they went with jetted pockets, which I’m beginning to like a lot more on jackets with a more formal look (i.e.: peaked lapels). 

Suit Supply navy double-breasted blazer — I like the details on the jacket quite a bit. The only thing I’d change would be the buttons (I’d buy a set in brass and swap ‘em out). I’m particularly a fan of the fact they went with jetted pockets, which I’m beginning to like a lot more on jackets with a more formal look (i.e.: peaked lapels). 

30
Nov

Epaulet “Napoli” unstructured navy blazers in hopsack and duck canvas — Just when you thought you maybe didn’t need any more navy blazers in your wardrobe, Epaulet goes and releases these. Some details:

  • Triple patch pockets
  • 3/8ths lined
  • 3-2 buttoning front
  • Half-canvased 
  • Center-vented
  • Smoke mother-of-pearl buttons
  • Made by Southwick
29
Nov
An example of blazer piping that’s not obnoxious

An example of blazer piping that’s not obnoxious

18
Oct

Massimo Dutti now online — Yesterday, I learned of Massimo Dutti’s opening of their online and real-world store (New York City) from quitecontinental and taking a look through their site I’m kind of impressed.

Their all-wool (or all-cotton) suiting is sold in separates and comes in under $500. Their blazers range from $200 to $330. The lapels aren’t overly slim and the jackets aren’t cut too short. The button stance may be a bit high for some’s taste, but I largely think the cut and details are definitely office-appropriate without being too flashy. 

Massimo Dutti’s parent company also owns the to-be-avoided Zara and a few threads on StyleForum seemed to come to the consensus that their clothing is decently constructed and made from better fabrics than their fast-fashion sibling — and they’re a good deal if you can buy their stuff on sale. Derek at dieworkwear wrote about Massimo Dutti more than a year ago, for those of you looking for more background information. 

I’ll admit a few pieces caught my eye, but I’m glad that there’s yet another option for guys to grab a decent-looking suit around the $500 pricepoint. If anyone’s had a chance to try on their stuff or owns something from them, then let me know and I’ll add your thoughts here. 

17
Oct

Jersey blazer roundup

Since leaving government work and not having to visit an office on a daily basis, my wardrobe has shifted toward the casual spectrum. My much-cherished navy wool blazers go rarely used, sitting in canvas garment bags. 

A Suitable Wardrobe points out how the navy blazer sits in an odd “no-man’s land of formality” — and I suppose he’s mostly right, even if I tend to ignore his wisdom in my personal practice. Despite this, I think there’s an alternative to the traditional blazer that will probably be better suited for those of you in casual environments that don’t require a navy wool hopsack: the jersey knit cotton blazer.

Often unconstructed and lightweight, they exist as a hybrid, looking a bit more refined than a simple sweater, but not as formal as an odd jacket. They’re super comfortable to wear and most are extremely affordable, too. 

I purchased mine from Brooks Brothers (please ignore the terrible styling shot they have) and have been quite pleased. I think it looks best with jeans, an OCBD and a silk knit tie. 

There’s quite a few options available in a variety of price ranges. Depending on your lifestyle, you might end up wearing one of these more often than a regular navy blazer. 

++++

Lands’ End rib-knit winter blazer

Brooks Brothers jersey blazer

Suit Supply Boston cotton double-breasted blazer

Charles Tyrwhitt jersey tailored fit blazer

Tommy Hilfiger trim-fit jersey blazer

Gant Rugger jersey hopsack blazer

08
Oct
It’s on sale: 40% off Lands’ End Canvas — Both Lands’ End Canvas and mainline Lands’ End are offering 40% off any single item through the end of today. Use code LEAVES with PIN 9876. 
I received an email from reader Yaakov who bought this LEC navy blazer during their last sale and had a mini-review of it. A few things he noted:

First off, the lining is great. It’s half-lined in cotton, and it really makes a difference. The jacket feels very light in comparison to some other LE jackets I’ve tried.
The shoulders are unstructured, which is nice, especially for me. I fill out on the larger end of the 40R spectrum, so it looks pretty nice.
Buttons are not functional, so for some that’s a plus. (Sleeve length is nice on me, so wouldn’t have minded.) Buttons are a a bit of stark contrast to me — a “bright” brown — but for some again, that’ll be a plus.
My biggest problem with the jacket was the slight collar gap that it created between my shirt and the jacket. For some, (again) not a problem, but for nitpickers it might get annoying.

For what it’s worth in regards to collar gap, that happens for a variety of reasons. Mainly, your body just may not be suited for the jacket. Also, I’ve seen folks with shorter collar points (aka, “skinny” collars that are on-trend right now) experience collar gap quite frequently. So, the blazer might work out for you, but you’d never really know unless you try it on — them’s the breaks with online retail.

It’s on sale: 40% off Lands’ End Canvas — Both Lands’ End Canvas and mainline Lands’ End are offering 40% off any single item through the end of today. Use code LEAVES with PIN 9876

I received an email from reader Yaakov who bought this LEC navy blazer during their last sale and had a mini-review of it. A few things he noted:

First off, the lining is great. It’s half-lined in cotton, and it really makes a difference. The jacket feels very light in comparison to some other LE jackets I’ve tried.

The shoulders are unstructured, which is nice, especially for me. I fill out on the larger end of the 40R spectrum, so it looks pretty nice.

Buttons are not functional, so for some that’s a plus. (Sleeve length is nice on me, so wouldn’t have minded.) Buttons are a a bit of stark contrast to me — a “bright” brown — but for some again, that’ll be a plus.

My biggest problem with the jacket was the slight collar gap that it created between my shirt and the jacket. For some, (again) not a problem, but for nitpickers it might get annoying.

For what it’s worth in regards to collar gap, that happens for a variety of reasons. Mainly, your body just may not be suited for the jacket. Also, I’ve seen folks with shorter collar points (aka, “skinny” collars that are on-trend right now) experience collar gap quite frequently. So, the blazer might work out for you, but you’d never really know unless you try it on — them’s the breaks with online retail.

28
Sep
It’s on sale: Lands End Canvas navy wool blazer — A question I’m frequently asked is where one can get a navy wool blazer for “cheap”. My usual advice is, “Go thrifting, that’s where I bought two of mine,” but I understand that’s not for everyone (even now it’s pretty tough for me to get to thrift stores in the city sans a vehicle). 
So, this navy wool blazer from Lands End Canvas caught my attention. It’s 100% wool with cotton lining (polyester lining in the sleeves to make it easier to put on), corozo-nut buttons, patch flap front pockets and I believe it’s even dual-vented in the back.  The only potential downside would be the surgeon cuffs. 
Still, for $175 on sale (down from $250), it’s worth a shot. Use code FRIENDSHIP with PIN 1520 to get 30% off. Sale ends October 2nd.

It’s on sale: Lands End Canvas navy wool blazer — A question I’m frequently asked is where one can get a navy wool blazer for “cheap”. My usual advice is, “Go thrifting, that’s where I bought two of mine,” but I understand that’s not for everyone (even now it’s pretty tough for me to get to thrift stores in the city sans a vehicle). 

So, this navy wool blazer from Lands End Canvas caught my attention. It’s 100% wool with cotton lining (polyester lining in the sleeves to make it easier to put on), corozo-nut buttons, patch flap front pockets and I believe it’s even dual-vented in the back.  The only potential downside would be the surgeon cuffs. 

Still, for $175 on sale (down from $250), it’s worth a shot. Use code FRIENDSHIP with PIN 1520 to get 30% off. Sale ends October 2nd.

04
Jul
It’s on sale: Charles Tyrwhitt blazers — Yes, I know that Charles Tyrwhitt stuff is constantly “on sale”, but they’re having an extra 10% off when you spend $70 or more right now, making this unstructured cotton blazer made of blue bengal striped shirting fabric $179.10. You could easily wear this with denim, navy or khaki chinos or natural linen trousers. Or F-U trousers. Check out the rest of their sport coats and blazers, too. 

It’s on sale: Charles Tyrwhitt blazers — Yes, I know that Charles Tyrwhitt stuff is constantly “on sale”, but they’re having an extra 10% off when you spend $70 or more right now, making this unstructured cotton blazer made of blue bengal striped shirting fabric $179.10. You could easily wear this with denim, navy or khaki chinos or natural linen trousers. Or F-U trousers. Check out the rest of their sport coats and blazers, too. 

18
Jun
It’s on sale: Polo Ralph Lauren seersucker blazer — I’ve written about seersucker before, and this looks like a pretty good deal. Down to $118.50 and available in every size. Plus, I’m a fan of the details on the jacket: a 3/2 roll stance, patch pockets and cotton lining that should be cooler than your typical synthetics. 

It’s on sale: Polo Ralph Lauren seersucker blazer — I’ve written about seersucker before, and this looks like a pretty good deal. Down to $118.50 and available in every size. Plus, I’m a fan of the details on the jacket: a 3/2 roll stance, patch pockets and cotton lining that should be cooler than your typical synthetics. 

23
Apr
11
Apr

Spring-summer blazers on the ramen noodle budget

I’ve been getting a few questions about where one can get a cheap jacket for spring and summer that won’t break the bank, so I’ve found a few options that should make a good portion of you happy. For those of you on the ramen-noodle budget, this list is for you:

Lands’ End Canvas chambray blazer: $21.97 — My roommate actually owns this and it’s pretty nice. Lightweight and has the appearance of washed denim. Goes great with white denim. 

Lands’ End Canvas nailhead oxford blazer: $24.97 — Looks like a bit of an improvement over the chambray blazer with lining only in the shoulders and sleeves. 

Lands’ End Canvas vintage chino khaki blazer: $53.97 — Given it’s fully lined in polyester, it might not be the best choice for summer, but early spring and fall it could be a decent buy. 

Onassis poplin 3-button blazer: $98 — Available in navy, grey, stone and red colors. Definitely cut shorter, so might be better suited for people on the short side. 

Onassis double-breasted blazers (Adger & Sidney): $168 — Available in cotton-linen sateen or cavalry twill. 

Life After Denim Oak Lawn blazer: $128 (here and here) — A lighter 76/24 cotton-linen blend in both desert and navy. 

13
Feb
Green tea ice cream blazer from Brooks Brothers — Not sure how I feel about this. But I do want some green tea ice cream.

Green tea ice cream blazer from Brooks Brothers — Not sure how I feel about this. But I do want some green tea ice cream.

30
Jan

Got a Brooks Brothers gift certificate from my wife for my B-Day and I am looking to buy my first Navy Blazer. I want to keep it versatile and on the casual side. Any recomendations?

- Asked by Anonymous

I guess it depends if you’re a fan of brass buttons (ie: like a traditional navy blazer would have), how much you’re willing to spend in total and what you define as casual. 

Brooks Brothers’ “blazer” section has got a whole selection that’s pretty much what you’d expect. I think the most casual one is the Social Primer blazer, because of the patch pockets and the fun lining and contrast fabric under the collar.

But you could also maybe go with the Cambridge blazer, cut in a sack-fit, 3/2-roll and non-brass buttons. More of sport coat, in my opinion. No patch pockets though. 

You could also wait a little bit longer and see what comes out for the full spring-summer line. You’ll likely find a few jackets in more casual fabrics (cotton, linen, etc.), although who knows if they’ll be more odd jackets than blazers. 

Keep in mind that with all the blazers, you can always buy a button set and swap out the brass if you feel like they make the blazer too formal for you. 

28
Jan

Sorry about Anon status - too lazy to create an account. Anyway, I just got a vintage brown Harris Tweed blazer with leather buttons. Should I swap those buttons out for something else? If so, what color/material? Thanks!

- Asked by Anonymous

I kind of like the leather buttons and think they match the aesthetic of tweed. 

If you were to swap them out, I’d just go with genuine horn. 

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