When to Wear a Blazer- A Guide to Wearing a Blazer

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We are all looking for alternative of one thing from another, maybe you’ve heard of blazers or you might have probably seen some blazers at several online or real offline fashion stores, or maybe you have some collections and you’re wondering when you may need to wear a blazer

Well lets stop guessing and get into details on when to actually wear a blazer with several tips and guides chipped in between. But before we get into details, its best to ask,

What is a blazer and where is its origin?

Well Blazer are type of jacket resembling a suit jacket(Not 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 color fabrics. Blazers often have naval-style metal buttons to reflect their origins as jackets worn by boating club members.

The sartorial term blazer originated with the red “blazers” of the Lady Margaret Boat Club (1825), the rowing club of St. John’s College, Cambridge. The Lady Margaret club jackets were termed blazers because of the bright red cloth, and the term survived the original red coat. But ever since then it has continued to evolve into several classic style and by the late 2000s the blazer had been adopted as a popular fashion trend among men and women, having shorter or longer lengths depending on style, rolled-up sleeves, various lapels and bright colors. Now that we’ve identified its history let now get into details on when to wear a blazer.

Blazers as part of a uniform

Blazer are often part of a uniform for example, an airline’s employees, pupils of a particular school, members of sports clubs, or sportsmen and women on a particular team. When the idea of having a common dress came into picture, what ever might have brought up the thought might range for several reasons some highlighted below

  • having a sense of commonality
  • There is a sense of belonging
  • There is a feeling of equality
  • to depict solidarity
  • or to stand-out from the crowd

So how does a blazer fall in as part of a uniform, seen the college sport jacket, or company’s jacket, or high school jacket in most Korea high school, yeah they are all called blazers of that category and they can range in several shapes, color, pattern and style find picture range below.

Looking for an escape from Suit Dress

Wearing suit to the office used to be considered as the formal dress to the office or for a meeting and then the Blazer for casual outing and sports or for students, as time changes and things evolve Blazer are considered one of the best escape from a dress suit to solidify this stance with a recent study.

Only one in 10 employees now wears a suit to work, according to a study.

Researchers who polled 2,000 workers found the modern British office is more likely to be staffed by professional gentlemen dressed in jeans or chinos, long-sleeved button shirts and a smart blazer or jacket with a pair of loafers or smart trainers.

It also emerged seven out of 10 dress casually for work because it makes then feel more comfortable. And more than one fifth said they felt more able to express their personality. Check study here

One of the major benefit of owning and wearing a blazer compared to a suit dress is that blazers don’t necessary need a matching pant as compared to a suit dress which must go with a pant of similar pattern and color. Blazers go perfectly with jeans or chinos, of several colors(no need to worry about matching colors). Blazers for this to be worn in this category to the office or formal meetings also comes in several shapes, style and size, which is one of the qualities that makes wearing a blazer to the office a meeting is a unique option.

As suits are still considered the first options for formal occasions, If you’re looking for something to accent your casual and comfy approach to elegance, a blazer is the right choice

The right choice for sporting events and weekends

Yeah When there is a sport to watch or a weekend event to attend, getting dressed for the game or event can be tough, sure you may what to look unique and awesome, but go with the wrong choice out outfit and you’d look out of place. A blazer is often times considered a sport jacket for this category.

Though there are several guides on dressing for a game or weekend event which ranges from wearing shades, lip gloss, jeans type and several other guides, wearing a blazer has always been seen to have maintained a constant stance in this till present moment

For sports, tracing its history a blazer has always been a top choice for sport activity not just for active participant The sports jacket’s original function affects its fit. The jacket usually always fit loose enough to allow for layering underneath. The loose fit of the sports jacket allows one to wear a sweater or team shirt underneath

For Weekend Outing when you need that extra layer clothing and you want it fashionable for the outing then it has always been best to go with the blazer to complete the under shirt.

Perfect complement for your T-Shirt

There are several reasons why the blazer should be considered as a perfect complement for the T-shirt one is because of the style it adds to the shirt and the person wearing it, it also helps to support the body irrespective of body type and reasons for wearing the blazer on the t-shirt as a complement

  • Perfect as layer up for people with slim body mass. By layer up, I don’t just mean chuck on three T-shirts, which will be wierld especially in summer, two jumpers and a blazer to make yourself look bigger. This is all about layering properly. The whole idea of layering is about making your outfit blend together naturally. Although it might sound like a strange way to stop you’re looking skinny, it should be a key part of your overall style. Check here for more tips on how to dress for your body size
  • For people with fat body mass when thinking of blazers and jackets, recommended you opt for more structured shoulders, as it draws the eye upward and balances out a heavy middle. Check here for more tips on how to dress for your body size

Ideally on a jean pant

More like wearing a suit dress with matching pant, the Blazer is best known for blending perfecting with jean or chinos pant, the question of the blazer having the same color as the pant is a matter of choice really.

Best color recommendation

Blazer Color Chinos Color Jean Color
Black Black, Cream, Gold, Blue, Red Blue, Black
Blue Cream, Black, Brown Blue, Black
Cream Black, Gold, Blue, Red, Brown Blue, Black
Ash Blue, Cream, Brown Blue, Black

Remember what is more important is to be unique as these are just recommendations, based on the most popular dress combinations made by individuals.


Conclusion

And that was a lot, if you have not started wearing blazers or you have none in your closet then I highly recommend you get yours now as they can also come in when there is a deliberation about what to wear and still stand out. And if you have already it’s high time we update that closet!!

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, require any clarification or have suggestions that relates to this post please feel free to leave then below in the comment session and I will try to reply as I get then, also feel free to browse the page for several fashion related posts.

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I’m very happy that I found your post as I have been trying to convince my husband of what you say regarding the proper wear for blazers, suits and sports coats.  He has no fashion sense whatsoever.  You’ve provided me with a lot of material to use with him.

I must take exception with one thing though.  I do not agree with using mixing blue and browns together.  I consider that blue is a cool color and best matched with other cool colors whereas brown is a more warm color and goes best with warmer colors.

Thanks for your post.

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As a boomer, I occasionally wore a blazer to work in lieu of wearing a suit. But since I worked in a rather formal environment, it was important to know of scheduled meetings ahead of time. Because wearing blazers to some meetings with senior executives or clients would have been inappropriate as it infers a less than professional image. As they say, dress for success.

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I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. Honestly, I did not know that this type of jacket is called a blazer. I like to wear it but just like you said, only on some special occasions like celebrations and weddings. I have two of them but different colors. Thanks for sharing this info, I definitely learned something new.

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Hey Abdulramon,

Thank you for this wonderful guide when to wear a Blazer. I agreed with you that most corporate executives are now wearing a blazer to the office rather than a suit especially the young generation. You can wear it on any occasion or anywhere you want. Further, you can mix your blazer with whatever you like.

For myself, l like to wear a slim cut blazer with long sleeves shirt to work and with a t-shirt for other occasions. 

I have bookmarked your site for more latest fashion.

Best wishes.