March 14, 2013

The Long Blazer

When I first saw a long blazer on the Comme des Garcons runway many years ago, I didn’t quite understand it: was it some sort of a lighter trench coat for warmer spring days; or was it simply a blazer for those who favor the slightly dramatic?  Living in Manila then, there was a stigma against wearing things too wintery, and I wouldn’t have dared wear a longer blazer for fear that I’d be made fun of for wearing a trench coat in the tropics.  But the long blazer, as I’ve learned, has its merits: it draws a clean long line from the lapel down to the thighs, and gives you the countenance of modern nobility, harkening back to the longer jackets dandies wore in the 1800s.  In the winter, it is an essential layering piece, serving as a second wind barrier, with a little more coverage down the hips.

Yohji Yamamoto long blazer, Primark t-shirt, Yohji Yamamoto trousers, Tim Hamilton x Guidi boots

Yohji Yamamoto long blazer, Primark t-shirt, Yohji Yamamoto trousers, Tim Hamilton x Guidi boots

This Yohji Yamamoto jacket, in 100% polyester, was a lucky vintage find.  The synthetic fabric makes it an excellent wind blocker yet the quality of the fabrication means that it drapes beautifully.  It’s cut quite odd, I must say, with the classic Yohji soft oversize shoulders, tapering down to a slightly narrow hem with no vents.

The odd cut of the Yohji Yamamoto long blazer forms a handsomely awkward soft V shape from the shoulders down to the knees.

The odd cut of this Yohji Yamamoto long blazer forms a handsomely awkward soft V shape from the shoulders down to the knees.

subtle cargo pockets on the perfect Yohji Yamamoto everyday black pants, c/o Atelier New York

subtle cargo pockets on the perfect Yohji Yamamoto everyday black pants, c/o Atelier New York

Cold Picnic braided brass ring and green amethyst "engagement" ring from Norbu Bijoux

Cold Picnic braided brass ring and green amethyst “engagement” ring from Norbu Bijoux

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photographs by Sophia Callahan

9 Comments

  • Danny
    March 14th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Very nice!

  • Domenic Bartlett-Roylance
    March 15th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    neat stuff

    xx Domenic

  • aida
    March 15th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    very intelligent content.
    will visit here often.
    and i don’t even like fashion much but you make it interesting.
    thanks

  • Izzy
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    aida: such kind words. thanks!

  • Custom Dress Shirts
    March 19th, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Good looking long blazer………

  • BougieHippie
    March 19th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Wow that’s very dapper but casual. Good-job!

  • Syed
    March 25th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Love the longer length of the blazer, especially against the rolled up sleeves. I’ve actually been on the lookout for something similar, but I don’t think I have trousers in the right shape to really pair it with.

  • Mischa
    April 6th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Looks Great. Really Love it :)

  • Julia
    June 25th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    As you said, I love how this style recreates a look of nobility without losing the integrity of modernity. It’s a great combination of both the old and the new, but fashioned in such a way that it definitely screams high class. A very interesting piece, that has practical considerations and a great flattering look as well.


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