A blazer is generally a double breasted jacket that was initially worn by men and boys of the 19th century. Blazers were very popular in England. The name blazer comes from the bright colors that composed the early jackets. However, today we find many women who wear blazers. These usually come in neutral colors. In earlier days, blazers were bright in color and came in striped patterns.
Earlier one would find boys in private schools wearing blazers that were teamed up with short length pants and long socks. Today, even girls who attend private schools and boarding schools have blazers as a part of their uniforms. The fabric that composes a blazer may differ from linen to woolen to flannel, etc.
It was not until the late 1970s that blazers were widely worn also by women. The film Annie Hall triggered the fashion for women to wear blazers. One could also see that even through the film Working Girl, there is a clear concept of the eighties style of women’s blazers. By the eighties all women would be wearing blazers to their respective official work places. Blazers came in different colors, had buttons and big shoulder pads. Women usually wore blazers made of wool flannel, cashmere or lighter fabrics such as cotton, polyester or rayon. Women’s blazers were more fitted than men’s blazers. Today we find that women usually wear jackets that are either short in length or are fitted. The jackets that are long in length are not easily available, but one can be sure that designers will soon get them back in the fashion world.
Now a days we find that men’s leather blazers are becoming more and more popular. They have shifted from the eighties scene and have become an easy way of both comfort and style during winters.
Blazers also make a statement on the person who is wearing it. It gives out an impact that could be either positive or negative. The cut and style of a particular blazer could reflect on the characteristics of the person wearing it.
Blazers can be worn with any sort of clothing. One can wear it with a shirt and a tie or even without a tie. Blazers look smart with denims or trousers.
Then again, blazer types also change according to professions. Men’s leather blazers come in different styles if they have worked in the navy, police force or the army. Blazers are also worn as a part of a sporting uniform such as cricket, tennis, rowing, etc. Men can also reverse their leather blazers and use them as raincoats.
Thus, as we can see, the blazer has evolved through generations. Its use is made widely and is appreciated by both men and women. Some blazers have lived through many years, others have been newly created or recreated, while other have lost their touch during certain time frames and then re-emerged in the fashion scene once again.