With the fall and winter months upon us, we are getting into the time of year when we need to step outside and battle the harsh weather elements by wrapping ourselves in a wrap. Often times a coat is too cumbersome and heavy, while a sweater is too light. What is a stylish, comfortable wrap that is just right? The blazer.
A blazer is a type of jacket resembling a suit jacket, but cut more casually. A blazer is generally distinguished from a sport coat as a more formal garment and tailored from solid colored fabrics. Blazers often have naval-style metal buttons to reflect their origins as jackets worn by boating club members.
However, blazers come in a variety of colors and patterns, and are a fashionable garment for both men and women.
Blazer Fun Fact: A blazer’s cloth is usually durable, as the blazer is intended as outdoor wear. Blazers are often part of a uniform that denotes, for example, an airline’s employees, students of a particular school, members of sports clubs and athletes on a particular team.
Blazers provide warmth to the body while adding coolness to an outfit!
Blazers are generally long sleeved, with a tapered cut narrowing at the waist, and hang to the hips. Some blazers are longer, while some resemble waist jackets. Blazers come in a variety of fabrics, such as cotton, wool, silk, velvet and suede. Blazers can be worn with the front opened, buttoned, zipped or held together with Velcro.
Step out in a blaze of glory dressed in a beautiful blazer!
Blazer Fun Fact: Striped blazers became popular among British Mods in the early 1960s, and again during the Mod revival of the late 1970s – particularly in three-color thick/thin stripe combinations, with three-button single breasted fronts, five or six inch side or center vents and sleeve-cuffs with multi-buttons. Various photos from 1964 and 1965 show London mods in boating blazers.
Various bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Animals, The Yardbirds, The Moody Blues and The Troggs had band members wearing striped blazers/boating jackets or brightly colored blazers with wide white or other light edging.
Due to the stylish cut of the blazer, blazers look great when worn with skirts or pants. A blazer looks just a bit more fashionable than a knitted sweater.
As blazers originated as men’s clothing, by the late 2000s, the blazer had been adopted as a popular fashion trend amongst females, often having shorter lengths, rolled up sleeves, various lapels and bright colors.
Women bring style and flair to any practical item. We can’t help it…it’s in our blood. Alluring aesthetics. Fashion divas one and all!
Blazers can be worn with a wide variety of other clothes, ranging from a dress shirt to a ruffled blouse to a T-shirt, as well as dress slacks, dresses, skirts, pants, gauchos and shorts.
Blazer Fun Fact: The sartorial term blazer originated with the red “blazers” of the Lady Margaret Boat Club in 1825, the rowing club of St. John’s College, Cambridge. The Lady Margaret club jackets were termed blazers because of the bright red cloth, the term survived the original red coat.
Blazers are a popular jacket in that they are fitted, classically cut, comfortable to wear and move in, and they can be mixed and matched with numerous garments.
Have you ever heard of the reefer jacket? The reefer jacket was of naval origin, and described the short durable breasted jacket worn by sailors in harsh weather, when they perform duties such as reefing the sails.
Blast off fueled in a fashionable blazer!
Blazer Fun Fact: The earlier style of striped blazers can be seen in the film Quadrophenia. The later bright style of blazer was affectionately adopted by Austin Powers as part of the Swinging London look.
“It’s a bit chilly outside. I need to grab a wrap.”
“That bulky sweater you just picked up will make you look like a sap.”
“Yes, it is baggy with no real oomph or style.”
“It will keep you warm but won’t make you smile!”
“I’ll go with my black velvet blazer. It’s cozy and cool.”
“Darling, wrapped in that beautiful blazer you’ll be no fashion fool.”
Don’t fool yourself: step out in a beguiling blazer looking trendy and mod. Be a true fashion trailblazer!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846