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Beyond the Navy Blazer: Redefining Blue

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It’s quite possible—even probable—that the first sport coat you ever acquired was a blue blazer. That makes sense, it’s as much a staple as anything in a man’s wardrobe, especially a young man’s wardrobe. As you age, however, a blue blazer and khakis is not going to register as the most imaginative sartorial strategy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few ways to update the classic.

A knit tie. We are big advocates of the knit tie. Nobody does it better than Charvet (212 339 3308). Dark blue is perfectly dressy, especially in summer, while bold colors inject a bit of play into your summer.  

Go all in. If you’re going to wear a blue blazer (212 339 3342), wear it top to bottom (well, you don’t give up your brown suede shoes). A polo shirt (212 339 3347)and jeans and you’re in the right place, uptown or down.

Bold Shoes. A classic blue blazer shows your respect to tradition, and that is welcome. A vivid accent—like Tod’s drivers (212 339 3334)—shows that you are your own man. 

Accessorize Daringly. A blue blazer shouldn’t constrain you, it’s the first step toward liberation. Add a red cashmere scarf (212 335 3311)? Yes, indeed. Why not go for gelato, while you’re at it.

Embrace Texture. An oxford shirt (212 339 3342) looks very smart with a woolen tie, and a silk pocket square. The more similar the shade the more the texture should vary.  

Go forth and can get into tradition so deep that it looks new again. We always respond to gray flannels, wingtip brogues, striped oxford shirt and a repp tie. There’s a reason men from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Prince Charles have dressed that way—it’s classicism that looks very smart indeed.