Blazers and jackets – a history
The predecessor to the odd jacket as worn today is believed to have come about in the Victorian era in England during the latter part of the 19th century when the Earl of Norfolk was spotted wearing a hunting jacket in tweed. It resembled a mix of a coat and a suit jacket that was equipped with more spacious pockets and a belt. According to several historians this was the first time that a jacket was worn with odd trousers and not as part of a suit or a frock coat. It would take quite a few years for the garment to fully transform into the classic item of clothing we know and love today. The odd jacket emerged in its current guise in the 1920s and was primarily made in tweed and combined on casual occasions with odd trousers.