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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Blazer

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Englishmen's clothes were somber and subdued. The only exceptions were university students who proudly displayed their college "colours." Even these, to begin with, in gentlemanly fashion, were rather inconspicuous. Unsurprisingly, people were stunned, when one day they saw the crew rowing for the Lady Margaret, St John's College, Cambridge Boating Club, clad in bright red flannel jackets. Seen from afar, the men seemed "ablaze," and these jackets were termed "blazers." The name stuck and is now applied to all similar jackets no matter of which colour.

Striped blazers became popular among British Mods in the early 1960s, and again during the Mod revival of the late 1970s — particularly in three-colour thick/thin stripe combinations, with three-button single breasted front, five or six inch side or centre vents and sleeve-cuffs with multi-buttons.

By the late 2000's the blazer had been adopted as a popular fashion trend amongst females, often having shorter lengths, rolled up sleeves, various lapels, and bright colors.

Two sporting events where blazers signify victory are the Congressional Cup Regatta at the Long Beach Yacht Club, and the Masters Golf tournament, held in Augusta, Georgia. The former event awards a crimson blazer to the winner of several flights of match race sailing, while the latter awards a green blazer to the top masters golfer in the USA.

Sources Europress Encyclopedia, Wikipedia

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