Today's simple definition of a Blazer is a ‘type of jacket resembling a suit jacket, but cut more casually’.
The origins of the Blazer are around the early 1800s when the Lady Margaret Boat Club in Cambridge used a red Blazer made of bright coloured cloth as its club jacket. The Royal Navy, HMS Blazer’s gig crew wore a blue and white striped variation in 1837 dressed by their Captain and it's said this were the term Blazer appeared in our vocabulary. Another variation the Reefer jacket is of naval origin, short double breasted jacket worn by sailors who were responsible for reefing the sails. These were designed with black horn buttons and these jackets have now evolved into what we class our modern Blazer both double and single breasted design with metallic buttons.
The Blazer has been adapted for various different sporting clubs, schools and as part of a uniform within some sports over the years due to its practical design, cut and tailoring which makes it a very versatile item of clothing.
In the early 60’s the stripped Blazer was adopted by the British Mods and its popularity grew into the 70's with a Mod revival recreating new design features – stripes, vents and buttons, details which brought it into the modern era. The music industry had music icons such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beetles, The Kinks and The Jam adorned themselves with this super stylish contemporary must have jacket with films such as Austin Powers and Quadrophenia bringing it into mainstream men and women's fashion.
The Blazer across all its creative stages through history has been beautifully engineered, with a strong nod to functionality and today is a powerful dress statement. It is still used within the sporting world as part of a uniform and as a dress jacket for events. It is a menswear garment that will not be seen to lose its credentials anytime soon and a must have asset to any man's wardrobe, a piece if well looked after that will be with you through the years TIMELESS!
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