The difference between a jacket, a blazer and a jacket lies in patterns, buttons and fabrics. A blazer is a patterned jacket that goes with trousers that are not made of the same fabric or pattern. A blazer is a solid color jacket with contrasting (often metal) buttons.
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The go-to style move is good as long as you get it right. Wearing a sports jacket with jeans is a pretty common style move these days. That’s not a slap on the combo, it’s just a fact. And it’s popular for one important reason: because, at best, it just works.
Blazers are the least formal jacket you can own and should always be worn at events and places where you want to look stylish but casual. A blazer isn’t quite as informal, so it’s more on the formal side of the spectrum. It’s a better choice for the office or a date.
The sleeves should be measured so they don’t hang over your hands or up your arms, and should end up somewhere between your wrist and your thumb. When buttoned up, the lapels of your blazer should be just loose enough to fit a clenched fist between the fabric and your chest, and it should be snug against your chest.
While most blazers can be styled for any occasion, grey and navy are the most versatile colors, with brown and tan being better suited to more casual settings.
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Blazer sizes should match your bust (i.e. if you’re a 38″ chest male, a size 38 blazer should probably fit you best). You want your pants to fit and the band stays comfortably loose.
Deep indigo is most common, but gray and black are also typical choices for nice jeans. More fashion-forward men can also experiment with jeans that are white or very light gray or even lighter colors, but beginners should stick to jeans that are darker than the jacket.
Sports jackets are usually buttoned up the same way, but the rules are much looser because it’s a more casual style. Your grandfather probably told you about the traditional button rule for a three-button jacket – sometimes, always, never. For a two-button jacket – always, never.
You don’t have to keep buttoning and unbuttoning it, but buttoning it up when you’re standing usually looks better and helps slim your silhouette. Only button the top button if the jacket has multiple buttons.
A blazer is a structured suit jacket that falls somewhere between a suit jacket and a blazer. Blazers come in two popular styles: single-breasted and double-breasted. Single breasted blazers usually go better with jeans, but double breasted blazers are great when you need a statement piece.