Blaz­ers and jack­ets – a history

Plaza Uomo USA - - JOURNAL -

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.

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