Blazers vs. Suits [Plus a $200 GIVEAWAY]

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This topic popped up last weekend when I was out for drinks with friends and we were all wearing blazers. One friend got called out for wearing his suit jacket to the bar, that he insisted was a blazer, which begged the question – what is the difference between blazers and suits (or suit jackets). Since this blog is all about improving my fashion knowledge, I’m sharing my findings with you!

The best part? The topic of this article ties in nicely with a GIVEAWAY we are sharing with our loyal readers that is sponsored by East Dane, which is having 50% Off Mens Items (Read to the end of the article to get giveaway details)!

So what exactly did I learn about the nuances of blazers vs suits?

Modern Day Blazer

Orange Blazer over JeansIn modern day fashion, a jacket with sleeves and lapels that is worn over pants that do not match is considered a blazer – so my friend was indeed wearing a blazer, since he was using his suit jacket over jeans. What this means is that if your wardrobe is on a budget, you could very well own just one suit, to suit up for formal occasions. When you want to dress down for a casual affair at the pub or club, you can wear your suit jacket over unmatched pants as a blazer. While this works great for a suit of a solid pattern, it is recommended you wear the whole suit if it is pinstriped or otherwise patterned.

Major Differences – Blazers vs. Suits

If you are anything like me, this answer was probably unsatisfactory. I dug further for the nuances between blazers and suits. And it turns out, there are FIVE major differences:

Navy Blue Blazer with Patch Pockets and Brass Buttons1. A suit is a combination of jacket and pants (sometimes vest) combination made from the same fabric that is worn on formal and business occasions while a blazer is just a jacket worn for more casual affairs.

2. A suit is normally made of finer materials – worsted wool – than blazers.

3. Blazers originated from the yacht scene, with yacht clubs getting members to wear navy blue blazers. While the navy blue color is no longer a staple, it is still widely used and accepted as the color for a blazer.

4. Blazers generally have patch pockets – pockets that are sewn directly onto the jacket – as opposed to suit jackets, which have jetted pockets (to keep the lines of the suit smooth) or flaps.

5. Buttons on original navy blue blazers tend to stand out from the jacket itself, while on suit jackets, buttons blend in and are not meant to be noticed. This trend for modern day blazers, however, has thankfully shifted towards more a suit jacket style.

So there you have it – next time you see a mismatched jacket and pant combination, you know it’s the modern day blazer (that may also be part of a suit if the owner has matching pants in his wardrobe).

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UPDATE:

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Dhawal Shah

Dhawal Shah, co-founder of Hucklebury - an online fashion label of dress shirts for men - is an expert on web development, SEO and social media. Through Art of Style, and with the help of his co-founder, he is quickly educating himself on fashion and bringing a fresh perspective to answer questions on fashion that normal men have. He is also the co-founder of 2Stallions Digital Marketing Agency.

  • Anna H.

    Great post on blazers and suits! I’d love to get the John Varvatos Star Moto Leather Jacket from East Dane for my boyfriend. That’s my favorite item so far and it’s a part of the sale you mentioned! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • liurobs

    Good post on blazers vs. suits, one other category you could have included was “sportscoats”! The item I have my eye on at East Dane is the Reigning champ Mid Weight Terry Sweatshirt.

    • Hey liurobs, you’re right about including sportscoats as well… probably in a later article! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Riaz H.

    Good article and well explained. Something that would be good to know is also the different color combinations on pants / chinos versus jeans. Favorite item at East Dane is the Bluemoon Chelsea boots (n.d.c handmade). Thanks

  • Jasanna

    I love the Harris Wharf jacket! Thanks for this article. I didn’t know the difference! 🙂

    • You’re welcome Jasanna! Glad you learned something new!

  • Canadian SuperStar

    Im rather more like your friend! Real badass hipsters toss on what they got.
    btw I love the bomber jackets

    • I hope that unlike my friend, you’re more of a sport when you get called out on what you’re wearing! Thanks for the comment!

  • Saif Haq

    Always feel better using a suit jacket as a blazer….they should make that the new normal for meetings moving forward =) Fav item is Rag & Bone Moulinex Pocket Polo

  • Sath

    Thanks for the tips; always wondered if suit jackets could be worn with jeans – guess i know what i’ll be wearing this weekend. What i would like to know more is about the cuffed jeans look; the trend is catching on. Is there a certain body structure which would suit this look? Would cuffing your jeans for medium hgt men make them seem smaller? Fav item at East Dane is Montedoro Pique Blazer 😀

    • Hey Sath, you can certainly pull off jeans with a blazer… just check out JT and Beckham in the image I uploaded… That’s an interesting question… I’ve always preferred a clean cut look myself, but it’s definitely an idea for a future post! Thanks!

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  • Zareen Angullia

    Great tips! Honestly, I used to judge guys who wore their suit jackets over their jeans. Now I know that it is just fine. I would like to know how to match blazers over other types of pants as well. Especially the Marc by Marc Jacobs Harvey Twill Blazer by East Dane. Would love to see someone pull that off!

    • Hey Zareen, matching blazers with other pant types is an excellent idea for a future article! Look out for it! Thanks for the comment and for being an engaged reader!

  • Man, I miss wearing ma fine twill blazer, if only I were in a colder climate. My favorite East Dane item is: http://www.eastdane.com/wabanaki-crepesole-quoddy/vp/v=1/1559575788.htm?folderID=19204&colorId=22452 very very nice shoes

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    I like their t-shirts

  • Nala

    Very interesting. I wonder, does it apply to women in the same way? My favourite East Dane piece would be for my boyfriend – a suit jacket. Especially http://www.eastdane.com/tailored-blazer-melinda-gloss/vp/v=1/1510035092.htm?folderID=19213&colorId=66922

  • BVI

    Interesting article. Blazers are all the rage in Toronto, especially in the fall. Favorite East Dane item: http://www.eastdane.com/aidan-cardigan-shipley-halmos/vp/v=1/1544372600.htm?folderID=19184&colorId=12560

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  • Michael

    as tempting at reigning champ’s midweight terry pullover hoodie is, i don’t think i’ve been eying anything as hard as save khaki united’s line of v-neck and crew-neck t-shirts… the most comfortable tees i’ve ever tried on. if i’ve learned anything about clothing this past year, it’s that simplicity can go a long way, and a properly-fitting tee like save khaki’s is about as close to perfectly simple as it gets.

  • Armel Madsen

    Thanks for clearing this up. Though I never really bothered looking it up, I was never really confident that I know the difference between a suit and a blazer.

    And oh, my favorite East Dane item. It’s this elegant Daniel Wellington Cardiff watch:
    http://www.eastdane.com/cardiff-white-face-40mm-leather/vp/v=1/1595383371.htm?folderID=21945&colorId=11784

    • Hey Armel! Glad I was able to clear up any lingering doubts! Do let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to read about as well!

  • mae lin

    The texture and color of this blazer is to die for! IT really looks sleek and put together http://www.eastdane.com/tailored-blazer-melinda-gloss/vp/v=1/1510035092.htm?colorId=66922

  • Aravind Srinivasan

    “When you want to dress down for a casual affair at the pub or club, you can wear your suit jacket over unmatched pants as a blazer”

    I know I shouldn’t say this but I have been doing this with my old suit jackets since I have outgrown the corresponding pant !

    • I hope that by the time summer comes around, you’ll be able to fit into those pants again! (:

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  • Mike Dalton

    My favorite item is that sweet Military edition G-Shock 🙂 And a $50 gift card would really help!! Thanks guys!!

  • Mike Dalton

    My favorite item is that sweet Military edition G-Shock 🙂 And a $50 gift card would really help!! Thanks guys!!

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