The navy blazer should be in every closet. It is quintessential American piece, a navy blazer and khakis is as American as apple pie & the Fourth of July. But a navy blazer works well beyond Cape Cod and mint juleps. The classic heritage of the blazer is the reason the look is so universal, versatile and wide ranging. A navy blazer will go with almost any outfit, and it should. It definitely should be in your closet.
Too start lets look at the most conservative use of a navy blazer. A structured J Press blazer with a raw silk tie, pocket square and classic bright and shiny brass buttons. This is blazer that will fit in at any Ivy League alumni function or day trip to Martha's Vineyard.
I like to wear the blazer best as the jacket in a suit & tie look. It can look modern and dressed up if it is the right cut: fitted, tailored and slim fit with natural shoulders (small to no shoulder pads) and no shiny brass buttons (stick with tortoise shell, navy or white). Find a good designer of modern fit jackets and buy the version they make. This will help make the blazer have a more versatile style.
A navy blazer is so much more than the uniform of the American bourgeois it is also the perfect casual jacket. It looks great with a cashmere sweater.
Or a nice polo shirt.
Or a plain white shirt.
It also looks great with jeans. Any type of jeans will work great, a nice pair or a destroyed pair, tie or no tie, button-down shirt or t-shirt, the navy blazer will be the right choice.
It even works when you wear shorts. (Granted you have to look like you are part of a rock band or a designer from Band of Outsiders).
It also works dressed down with a t-shirt and jeans. A navy blazer works great as a suit and in most sprezzatura outfits. The navy blazer provides tremendous utility and a must for every man's closet.