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9 Ways to Wear a Navy Blazer or Sport Coat

Posted by Brock McGoff on
9 Ways to Wear a Navy Blazer or Sport Coat

As a classic wardrobe staple, the navy jacket gives you a lot of options when it comes to getting dressed. With its sharp, masculine, and flattering lines, a navy blazer can be dressed up or down.

From traditional navy suit jackets to more casual sportcoats and unstructured cotton blazers, here are 9 different outfit ideas featuring navy jackets.

Outfit #1: Navy Blazer & Grey Dress Pants

Navy blazer grey dress pants

When you need to dress to impress, grab a navy blazer. When worn with a classic white shirt and tie and paired with dress pants, you’ll have a winning combo that will never go out of style.

Keep your look fresh and current by wearing your loafers sans socks. This semi-formal look is ideal for offices and semi-dressy events. It’s perfect for those times where you’ve got to be dressed up but don’t need a full suit.

Outfit #2: Summer Business Casual

Unstructured Cotton Blazer

For a business casual vibe, pair our unstructured cotton blazer in navy with tobacco chinos and a light blue button up shirt. Skip the tie.

We recommend sporting loafers without socks. For extra style, add a woven belt and roll up your hems to let your ankles breathe.

Outfit #3: Blue, Purple & Grey

Cotton Blazer in navy

For those times when you need to stand out a bit, try wearing a casual cotton navy blazer with a purple gingham shirt. This outfit is for the bold, confident man who likes to stand out from the crowd.

It’s a distinctive look that’s sure to get noticed. Pair this unique blazer and shirt combo with grey chinos, brown shoes, and a coordinating belt. Wear it to a networking event or to impress your future in laws.

Outfit #4: Suit Separates

Navy suit jacket as sportcoat

Got a semi-formal event on your calendar? This is a great opportunity to wear your navy suit jacket as a sportcoat.

Pair it with a white dress shirt, olive dress pants, and a red and blue striped tie. The pocket square creates visual interest while the striped tie adds preppy flair to an otherwise classic ensemble.

Outfit #5: Red, White & Blue

Unstructured Navy Blazer

Are you bored with tan and grey trousers? Go bold with a pair of red pants. Wear them with a light blue gingham shirt under a casual navy jacket.

Add a pocket square and shades to complete this dapper ensemble. With its preppy undertones, this outfit is great for a variety of occasions, including (but not limited to): country club fundraisers, rooftop happy hours, full day equestrian affairs, and anything involving a yacht.

Bonus points if you wear it on July 4th.

Outfit #6: Navy & Pink

Navy Birdseye Jacket

Here's another example of using an unstructured jacket for a summer business casual getup.

A navy jacket is paired with khaki chinos, a pale pink seersucker shirt (perfect fabric for summer) and brown driving moccasins. Less is more, so skip the belt, tie and socks to keep things cool and casual.

Outfit #7: Blue Plaid Jacket

Blue Plaid Sportcoat

Dip your toe into the world of pattern mixing by wearing a blue plaid jacket with a striped blue shirt. Pull out the greens in the shirt with olive chinos, then anchor the look with casual brown loafers.

This unique, handsome look is appropriate for a business casual office or even a night out with friends.

Outfit #8: Blue & Brown

Navy Blazer with brown corduroys

Transition your blue sportcoat from summer to fall by wearing it with brown corduroys and coordinating boots. Stick to a classic, light blue dress shirt for a winning color combination.

Skip the belt. Use an umbrella and a nice watch as your accessories, and you’ll be ready for anything, rain or shine.

Outfit #9: With a Polo Shirt

Blazer with polo shirt

For the most casual look on this list, we suggest wearing a classic white pique polo shirt under an unstructured navy jacket.

To pull this look off, keep the polo collar tucked under the blazer’s lapels. This prevents the soft collar from getting crumpled under the weight of the blazer. If needed, collar stays can give you an assist.

Khaki colored chinos pair well with this simple, casual (but not boring) outfit.

Closing Thoughts

A navy blazer is a wardrobe staple. Every well-dressed man should have at least one in his closet. Since it can be worn a variety of different ways, a blue sportcoat gives you a ton of options for looking sharp. However you wear yours, we hope you do it in good style and good health.

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