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And today weíre going to be talking abouthow to match a pair of trousers with a navy blazer.
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But in this video, Iím going talk about matchinga pair of trousers with a navy blazer.
Now, blazers come in other ñ there are redblazers, there are dark green blazers, there are brighter blue blazers, lots of blazers.
But weíre going to be talking about the navyblazers.
And Iím not going to get into the specificsabout the exact type of fabric.
There are quite a few fabrics out there thata navy blazer could be made from.
But for all intensive purposes, this is goingto be one that almost looks like a suit except itís going to have the typical gold or silverbuttons you could have actually white mother of pearl or smoked mother of pearl as well.
So, but typically on a navy blazer, a truenavy blazer, youíre going to see some type of nautical thing to it and thatís why youíregoing to have the gold or the silver buttons.
In addition, youíll occasionally see themto be double-breasted, but most of the blazers I see out there now in the year 2010 and beingsold by the larger manufacturers, theyíre all single-breasted.
So Iím going to be focusing on single-breastednavy blazers assuming that youíre going to have gold or silver buttons or mother pearllook great.
So, donít ñ you know, consider that if youívegot one and you want to change it up for the summer.
So what are the types of trousers? My favorite by far gray flannel.
Underused ñ just something that before WorldWar II was huge; after World War II, we starting to see it fade away.
You know, flannel used to be use heavier insuits and so you saw flannel fabrics being made and lot of off-the-rack suits beforeand just after World War II but they started disappearing in the early 19 ñ late 1950sor early 1960s and they just havenít made it come back and because of that, flanneltrousers in general had disappeared.
I love any type of gray flannel trouser witha navy ñ navy blazer.
And the reason being is it clearly does notmatches the different color but it just ñ it just work so well and I really like theidea that you still go with the ñ anywhere from a medium to a charcoal gray or work withñ with the dark navy and it just ñ it allows ñ itís a very monochromatic look and allowsthe eyes to go up and down.
And thatís really important if youíre ashorter man or youíre a bit stout because you donít want the ñ you donít want thatnavy blazer, you know, cut you in half or anything like that.
So, again, gray flannel trousers, if you canfind them, a little bit harder to find.
I know I may come over at A Tailored Suit, my custom clothier but you can probably find some either in vintage stores or just do asearch out there and see what you can find.
Gray worsted trouser is a second choice now.
Whatís the difference? Worsted wool is going to be a lighter weight.
Itís not going to have the nap surface.
So with a ñ with a flannel, they actuallytreat it afterwards and they run this machine over that kind of pulls out a little bit thefabric and itís also usually a bit heavier.
Worsted wool is going to be what you wouldtypically see in suits.
And this is going to be a lot easier to find.
You could go to a number of menswear storesand youíre going to find these right off-the-rack.
They will work there ñ I donít like themas much because itís almost ñ if the fabric is too dark and itís too close to navy, itísalmost going to look and violate one of the principles of wearing any type of sports jacketor navy blazer and thatís that you do not want the trousers to match the jacket tooclosely or to match it exactly because it didnít ñ itís going to look like weíretrying to put a suite together and thatís a big, big no no.
Donít ñ whenever youíre wearing sportsjacket or a blazer, you donít want to look like youíre trying to put a suit together.
That just looks bad.
So, avoid black trousers for that reason.
Iím not going to recommend them.
Navy blue trousers do not wear them with anavy blue blazer.
Now, brighter blues and true blues perhaps.
I have to see ñ Iíve seen it, Iíve seenit in the images.
Iíve seen younger men pull it off that lookspretty good but ñ okay, so weíve talked about gray flannel trousers, we talked aboutgray worsted wool trousers.
Now letís talk about chinos.
And this is something that you see a lot especiallyin collegeís campuses.
You men like to pull this off.
And it looks good on young men if the trousersand the jacket fit him well.
Otherwise, if heís a portly generation ora little bit heavier weight or short, then that starts contrast between the top and thebottom.
It kind of ñ it draws attention to that contrastthere and itís going to makes you look short.
So, you can pull this off, again, if youírein pretty.
good shape, you donít have to be in greatshape.
But you need to, you know, be able to takecare of yourself.
You need to be able to go out and run a mile.
So if you canít do that then double ñ donítreally go with this.
I can feel lot of politicians trying to pullthis off and these are the guys ñ theyíre pretty heavy and he just makes their upperbody look bigger and their lower body look smaller.
But otherwise, if you got a decent body, thislooks great because the contrast really ñ it really clearly states that this is a navyblazer.
It actually makes the jacket pop a bit moreeven though it does draw attention to the trousers, we quickly move down to the shoesbecause usually youíre going to be wearing dark shoes with this.
And so it allows you to draw a bit more attentionto the footwear.
And ñ so I really like this combination.
But, again, with chinos, khakis, any typeof tan trouser.
Make sure also that the style ñ that theyírenot ñ I donít know, a cheap $10 khakis.
I mean, really ñ although you can find somegreat deals for $10 in thrift stores but make sure theyíre cut and they look crisp andclean.
You donít want anything thatís distressedor faded or warmed.
That just kind of take ñ it takes away fora minute and it doesnít look right.
Now, talking about the distressed and fadedand warmed jeans.
Okay, the only time you should be wearingjeans with holes and then with a navy blazer is if youíre a musician or youíre a rockstarof some sort, you know, or maybe a Hollywood actor.
If youíre not in that category, you reallyneed to reconsider wearing distress jeans with a navy blazer.
Now a raw denim, thatís a whole another story.
Raw denim in a dark indigo almost looks likea pair of dress slacks and I think that that looks very nice with a navy blazer.
Itís something though ñ Iím not a big fanof about, you know, rolling up the bottom of the denim and wearing up with a navy ñdraws a little bit too much attention but Iím a fun of it.
Iíve ñ Iíve pulled this look off and Ithink it works for the younger man.
Once you pass the age, I think, of 50 or 60, well, it depends.
If you go out and you get some of ñ thereíssome mix, some really nice jeans and thereís a few other ones out there, what was it ñyouíll have to go to one of my jean articles and we talked about jeans for the old demand.
So if youíre pulling off the right type ofdenim, hey, you know, go for it.
The last thing with jeans Iím going to talkabout white jeans.
I have seen these pulled off with a navy blazerand it looked actually pretty good.
So, if youíve got the [0:07:31] [Phonetic]Cohunes go for it.
If not, well, you know, just, I donít know, go back to the khakis.
Corduroy ñ and I want to thank my friendBernhard Roetzel.
He wrote the book Gentleman.
And heís got some great images of how corduroycan work with a navy blazer.
Now, again, this is like the chinos and thekhakis make sure the corduroy fits you well because if it doesnít fits you well; itísjust going to be a bad look.
Itís going to look too bad.
Itís not going to look right.
And also if youíre going to go with the startcontrast, again, you need to be in pretty good shape and make sure the jacket is fittedand go for a little bit shorter of a jacket thatís going to help a balance look.
In corduroy, you can get that in red, brown, gold ñ the thing with corduroy is the texture is really going to differentiate it from thejacket and thatís key whenever matching a jacket in a pair of trousers.
Last but not the least, linen.
So light-colored linen ñand this will bea bit loser.
Linen is one lose.
You can pull this off on someone.
And this looks great especially if your jacketis unlined.
And by unlined, you know, basically it doesníthave the lining on the inside of the jacket.
Iím actually wearing this unlined.
And that helps keep the heat away.
And if youíre in it, in an instance, whereyou need to be wearing a jacket, you need to be looking sharp during the summer anditís hot, well, linen trousers within an unlined blazer jacket with perhaps a linenshirt, itís going to be a pretty sharp look especially if itís a single-breasted butif itís double-breasted, you might need to wear something on the neck.
But ñ okay, the general rule again is makesure that your navy blazer does not too closely match your trousers.
If some people are mistaken it as a suit, itís a bad combination.
If not, you know, usually the brighter colors, the ñ a little bit more off combinations, those require a bit of courage but I encourageyou to try it because you only live once.
So go out there and dress your style.
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