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STYLE NOTE #1 NAVY BLAZER
GANT BY MICHAEL BASTIAN FALL/WINTER 2013
STYLE NOTE #1 NAVY BLAZER
I often say that I want to make things that are familiar, but a little bit better; clothes that you can wear and enjoy for many years and just get better over time. I’ve selected four key items from the collection that are just that – familiar, but a bit better. In these style notes, I write what I love about these garments, my thoughts on their design, and how to style and wear the pieces.
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  • The Navy Blazer

  • I like to think of the navy blue blazer as the male equivalent of the little black dress for women. This is the one thing that every guy should have in his wardrobe. It truly is one of the most versatile garments. You can dress it up or down with jeans, grey flannels or corduroys. It quite literally goes with everything.
  • I’m very proud of the GANT by Michael Bastian navy blazer. It’s truly a blazer that could be the only one you’ll ever need. It’s pret- ty light and if you travel as often as I do, you’ll appreciate that you can pack the blazer and the wrinkles come right out – just hang it in the bathroom while you’re taking a shower.
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  • On the fit

  • You can’t talk about tailored clothing without talking about how it fits. Our navy blazer is a great hybrid of an American base with a slightly European fit. The shoulder is very soft, which I think is much more attractive and modern. And it fits pretty close to the body; this is a jacket that’s supposed to have
  • a relationship with your body. A lot of guys go into the store and buy a jacket that’s one or two sizes too big because they think they need room to move around. A great blazer shouldn’t be tight – it should just fit properly. If you wear the right size for your body, it makes you look incredible.
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  • On the Outside

  • The back of the jacket has a double vent, which I prefer because it’s more traditional, and the fit is more flattering as compared to a single-vent jacket. The under collar is grey flannel felt that gives a little contrast if you decide to flip it up. And there’s an elbow patch in the same material as the jacket

  • that’s been squared off, which is another signature of the GANT by Michael Bastian line. I really like elbow patches but so- metimes they offer too much of a contrast for every day, so we kept it simple.
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  • On the Inside

  • The one thing that makes me crazy is any kind of suit or jacket that flashes cheap polyester li- ning when it flaps open. So we put a striped burgundy and white shirt lining inside that is quite sophisticated. Another nice touch on the GANT by Michael Bastian blazer is the built-in pocket square using the
  • same fabric as the lining. It’s a great little detail because if you want to use a pocket square, all you have to do is to reach in and pull the lining out of your chest pocket. I always love a pocket square; it’s a great opportunity for a guy to personalize his look.

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  • On the Details

  • The blazer has two buttons, which seems to be the number of buttons most guys like. And the buttons are gold with a pennant, which is the GANT by Michael Bastian signature.
  • I think that having the gold buttons elevate it, and make it a bit dressier. The buttonholes on each sleeve are also functioning, which was a very conscious sartorial touch.
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  • On the Styling

  • When it comes to styling, I wanted to give the idea of a modern schoolboy. It’s such a great way to dress up the navy blazer – the perfect grey flannel pant, penny loafers, a striped oxford-cloth button down, pinstripe tie, and a white pocket square. That’s the eternally perfect look for guys, in my opinion. You can go out to dinner in that or to work; it just works for so many different situations.

  • But the interesting thing is to try it with more unexpected items, like a pair of beat-up jeans and a white T-shirt. Or a flannel shirt and a sweater, with the blazer thrown on over top. There are very few items that a navy blazer doesn’t immediately improve. You should be able to wear it for at least 10 months out of the year, if not 12. And how many things in your closet can you say that about?

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