The Navy Blue Blazer
The foundational garment in any gentleman's wardrobe is the navy blue sport jacket or blazer, which ranks in dressiness somewhere between a suit and a sport jacket. Blazers had been part of English cricket club scenery and other sporting environs since the 1880s. These sport jackets were customarily decorated with stripes in the club's colors. Some were so bright that they became known as "blazers." Another story has it that the captain of the frigate H.M.S. Blazer had matching jackets made for his crew to wear for the first time when Queen Victoria visited the ship in 1837. The new creation met with royal approval, and the jacket soon spread to other ships. Whatever the case, by the 1930s, the blazer had caught on and began to be seen in different solid colors. The standard shade of dark blue so long associated with white trousers was now being overshadowed by brighter and gayer shades such as robin's-egg blue, deep medium blues, or purplish blues. -Alan Flusser, Bernhard Roetzel
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