Friday, April 15, 2011

Do you know the difference between a blazer and a sports coat?

So, how does a blazer differ from a sports coat? According to "Of Rouges and Gentlemen" the Brooks Brothers blog: "This one has a good story. There are a couple sides to the tale, but our favorite starts off in (or around) 1845 when the Captain of the H.M.S. Blazer was due to receive a visit from various heads of state and dignitaries. Not wanting to make a poor impression, he had his crew outfitted in blue jackets, with white stripes and metal buttons. This may have also been in response to another Captain’s recent outfitting of his crew in Harlequin suits for a similar visit. That aside, the visit went well, everyone was impressed (even the other Captain apparently) and the blazer began to find its way into the standard uniform of the Royal Navy. So, the first difference between a sport coat and a blazer is the good story. The second and most noticeable is that a blazer by tradition has metal buttons and is solid in color, typically navy blue. While sport coats can be solid in color, they are often found in various plaids and checks depending on the season. They will, however, not have the metal, military-inspired buttons you’ll find on a blazer." Interesting, I love a day when you learn something. Click the link to vist the whole blog and see what else might be new. Happy Friday to you all.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting post! I had no idea.

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