Two-Button Classic 1818 Blazer
I have worn a Brooks Navy blazer since prep school at 13. If a man has nothing else, he should have a Navy Blazer in his closet. It can look casual or formal depending on the occasion. Brooks does it best. I started with the all wool flannel version, but thorugh the years, I have grown to like the ones with the streatch wool. Although this does not contain any lycra or whatever it is that they put in clothes nowasays, it is very comfortable. It might appear to be lightweight for winter use, although I find that it will be satisfactory and fits better under a top coat.
I always travel with my navy balzer for two reasons: 1. I come from an era where people did not wear pajamas or like-wear on airplanes, boats or whatever. I feel that you get treated specially, if you are dressed properly. (Can you reallly expect to be taken seriously in a track suit?) 2. I like to have something to wear to dinner (Yes, I still get dressed for that too.) and I don't have to worry about it getting wrinkled and it will not show food stains.
As an aside, I note that I sometimes use it as a pillow or blanket when I want to take a nap on a train or someplace where I cannot get a pillow &/or a blanket.
I have not had this version before, but I expect to get as much wear from it as I did with the old one (approximately 15 years).
March 9, 2011
I've owned one in navy blue for two years and it has proven a faithful companion, light to carry and great when air conditioning fans are in charge. Despite quite heavy use, it still looks brand new.
February 24, 2011
An American Classic
I have been searching for some time for a traditional navy blazer that looks and fits great. This fits the bill, and will be in my wardrobe for many years. The wool is soft, and the drape is excellent. Couldn't be happier.
December 30, 2010