TVG Essentials – The Navy Jacket
The navy jacket or blazer is the most important item of clothing in your wardrobe. It’s the one piece worth spending some money and time on because if you purchase one that looks good and fits perfectly I guarantee you’ll be wearing it more often than not. Tommy Hilfiger once said that “Every man should own a well-tailored tuxedo and great two-button navy blazer. The tux should be from Anderson & Sheppard in London—and the blazer, of course, from Tommy Hilfiger.” Tommy understands the fundamental role a navy blazer plays in the mens wardrobe, despite his obvious self-promotion.
The navy blazer is as relevant today as ever and once you buy one, it will last you a lifetime. For one, navy goes with just about everything, however by everything I strictly mean not suit pants, you should be wearing your suit jacket with your suit pants. The blazer pairs much nicer with odd pants, think khaki, maroon, white, red, tobacco, grey and of course a well fitting pair of jeans.
We’d advise steering away from metal buttons or military style buttons for a first blazer purchase – you want this jacket to be as versatile as the man wearing it. As for the cut, keep it simple: no double breasted or four button styles. Select a classic two button with a single vent in back and medium width lapels (peaked or notched). There are thousands of navy jackets to pick and choose from, the easiest way to start the culling is through price – after that it’s down to shape and finally it’s down to detail.
Truth is that a good navy blazer will boost your style points in everyone’s eyes. Women fall in and out of love based purely on the state and style of a mans navy blazer, if you don’t have one yet it’s time to put some penny’s away and think about adding one to the repertoire. Listed below are some of our favourites floating around the www at the moment.
Bill Reid Jonathan Moleskin Blazer (Mr Porter)
Richard James – Unlined Textured Slim-fit Wool Blazer (Mr Porter)
Paul Smith London – Byard Slim-fit Corduroy Blazer (Mr Porter)
Salvatore Ferragama – Wool Jersery Jacket (Luisaviaroma)
Zara Navy Blazer (Zara)
Top Man – Navy Herringbone Blazer (Top Man)