It’s become increasingly common to see both men and women donning a blazer or suit jacket with a pair of jeans for a smart, casual look. But there are some differences between the two that you may or may not know about.
In principal there is little difference between a suit jacket and a blazer, other than a suit jacket is designed to be worn with a matching pair of trousers or skirt for smart look, and the blazer has been designed as a stand-alone jacket for casual wear. In fact, there are some suit jackets that can be worn independently of their matching trousers and pass as a blazer with a pair of jeans or chinos. However, there are others, like a heavy pinstripe suit that very rarely work on their own.
The Traditional Designs
Traditionally a suit jacket is more fitted than for example a mens tweed blazer, as they aren’t generally designed to be worn with layers underneath; ordinarily you would simply wear a suit with a shirt and possibly a sweater. Whereas blazers tend to have a looser fit to accommodate more layering, as they can be worn as a jacket to keep warm, as well as for style.
The blazer is still a tailored jacket, conventionally made from a solid colour, usually navy or black, and fitted with gold or silver metal buttons. This style really began to take off during the 19th century, when the British Royal Navy changed their uniform to incorporate a blazer. This nautical style is still fashionable today, and is what many would associate the modern man and woman’s blazer to be.
There are a few blurred lines here though, as other fabrics have also been used to tailor suit jackets and blazers. Today it’s not uncommon to see both mens and women’s tweed blazers or even tweed suits with vibrant contrasting slick linings worn as part of a casual smart look with mismatched trousers.
Although, to add more confusion, these types of fabric were also used for sports jackets, designed for outdoor pursuits such as shooting and hunting. The sports jacket was introduced in the early 20th century, and was an even looser fit than the traditional mens tweed blazer to allow for better mobility. Although in modern times it’s often worn as a blazer, back then there were definite rules of when it should be worn.
The Myles Anthony Experience
Here at Myles Anthony our philosophy is centred around carefully tailoring jackets, suits and bespoke outerwear that captures your individuality. Working with only the finest in British made wool, cashmere and tweed, our signature is in our dynamic mix of traditional cuts with contemporary detailing. From fabric to finish every detail is crafted to make you look and feel your ultimate at all times.
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