The Classic & Iconic “Black Jacket” Blazer: Suited In Powerful & Enduring Style

Classic Black  Suiting On The Woman
Classic Black Suiting On The Woman

The classic and iconic “Black Jacket”. A blazer in bold black that presents sharp sophistication in confident style. A timeless, seasonless classic, for certain. Polished appeal in tailored “satorial” suiting style. The very word “Satorial” relates to tailoring clothes or style of dress. Sophistication with distinction. For certain, the black jacket is a stylish addition to any ensemble

The Classic "Black Jacket"
The Classic “Black Jacket”

The 19th century “Lounge Suit” would arise in an evolution of style that would eventually lead to what is referred to the “Western suit”, the “Suit Jacket” and the single “Blazer”. The term “Lounge Suit” (or “Business Suit”) was originally referred to as ‘sober in color and style’. Who knew? And of this jacket that was subdued in color and style? Timeless. Certainly, the history of the “Jacket”, “Blazer” or “Suit Jacket” is vast beyond what I have presented here. Of note, the “Dinner Suit”, which is part of the black tie affair dress, is not necessarily the “Black Jacket” blazer that my focus is upon. Alas, I have already expounded upon the elegance of the Sophisticated & Refined Tuxedo. Enduring and iconic style in and of itself. It is the black jacket blazer that powerfully stands the test of fashion and gains my focus and continual appreciation. The focus of this timeless garment of enduring style is at hand. It is classic. Enduring style that boldly layers with distinction and elegance. It is a stand alone force of power that endures. Suited in style.

Of interest, a “Suit” is termed as “a set of garments made from the same cloth, typically consisting of a jacket paired with trousers”. The word “Suit” derives from the French “Suite” (meaning “Following”) and was taken from a latin derivative form of the latin verb “Sequor” (meaning “I follow”). For certain, the suiting garments (jacket, trouser and waistcoat) follow each other with the same color, fabric and unity together as a set. Historically, a tailor would construct the “suit” from his client’s selection of cloth preference and would customize the garment to the measurements, taste and style of the man. Custom “Bespoke” Suits. Of course, as fashion evolves, so would the mass production of garments within the Industrial Revolution. What would follow was the “Made To Measure” garments that are patterns modified to fit the customer of limited selection of options and fabrics and “Ready-Wear” garments that present the option for a tailors alteration, are options that we all can consider. Stylish, personal choices with statement style, for certain. And, with fashion’s evolution, what exactly is the difference between a “suit jacket” and a “blazer”? A suit jacket has always meant the jacket of a suit with matching pants. Thus, is a blazer is merely a suit jacket? Alas, could it be how you wear it? Blurred lines of style. Iconic style.

The suit jacket or suit blazer has certainly endured in its stylized evolution throughout the decades of fashion. Yet the appeal of the jacket or blazer has never faded in its appeal upon its arrival to the backs of men that layered themselves within it. And of the woman that boldly adorned themselves in the bold, masculine style? An iconic element in the world of women’s fashion that still endures today.

Iconic Style:  The Black "Suit" Jacket Within Fashion's Archives
Iconic Style: The Black “Suit” Jacket Within Fashion’s Archives
Humphrey Bogart & Audrey Hepbun
Humphrey Bogart & Audrey Hepbun
1980's Style:  Power Dressing
1980’s Style: Power Dressing

Perhaps fashion’s link to the 1980’s and the world of the “Power Suit” and the “Dress for Success” mentality paired with shoulder padded style that swirled within fashion’s archives is worth noting. Double breasted suits with notched lapels of New Wave style. The era of “Power Dressing”. Noted. Yet the power of the black jacket paired with confidence and a casual flair surpasses its past link. Fashion evolves, for certain.

Of course one cannot discuss the topic of a black jacket without a reference to Chanel’s iconic “Little Black Jacket”. Alas, it was her signature cardigan jacket that earned the credit as a “Black Jacket”. Tweed jackets of iconic distinction. Evolution of a great design, indeed…

Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld & The "Little Black Jacket"
Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld & The “Little Black Jacket”
Ines de la Fressange In Chanel's "Little Black Jacket"
Ines de la Fressange In Chanel’s “Little Black Jacket”

Yet, beyond this jacket of fitted style, it is the variation in fashion of layering a black blazer jacket as a garment of distinction that my attention holds. Whether it is the high quality single breasted two button jacket or a double breasted jacket with a notched collar, the jacket itself is timeless in fashionable style. Distinguished by its natural lines and slim fit, the tailored appeal. For certain, a basic in any woman’s wardrobe

Enduring Style & Powerful Elegance:  Lauren Hutton
Enduring Style & Powerful Elegance: Lauren Hutton
Classic Images With Isabella Rossellini
Classic Images With Isabella Rossellini
1991/Georges Marciano: Classic Black Jacket
1991/Georges Marciano: Classic Black Jacket
90's Linda Evangelista: Timeless In A Black Jacket
90’s Linda Evangelista: Timeless In A Black Jacket
90's Christy Turlington:  Classic Black Jacket
90’s Christy Turlington: Classic Black Jacket
A Timeless Classic:  Iconic Women & The Black Blazer
A Timeless Classic: Iconic Women & The Black Blazer
Classic, Confident Style:  The Black Blazer
Classic, Confident Style: The Black Blazer Jacket
Power & Simplicity:  The Black Suit Jacket
Power & Simplicity: The Black Blazer Jacket
A Layer Of Iconic Style & Statement:  The Allure Of The Black Blazer Jacket
A Layer Of Iconic Style & Statement: The Allure Of The Black Blazer Jacket
"Super Suiting":  The Power Of The Black "Suit Jacket"
“Super Suiting”: The Power Of The Black “Suit Jacket” & “Blazer”
Polished & Versatile:  Fashionable Styling Of The Black Blazer Jacket
Polished & Versatile: Fashionable Styling Of The Black Blazer Jacket
Fashion's Archives:  The Stylish & Classic "Black  Jacket"
Fashion’s Archives: The Stylish & Classic “Black Jacket”
Classic Office Essential:  The Black Jacket
Classic Office Essential: The Black Jacket

Consider the fitted design and polished appeal of the black “suiting” jacket. The styles and shape of the jacket may be altered, yet what consistently remains is the classic appeal of its form on a woman. Perhaps Chanel’s iconic Designer, Karl Lagerfeld once quoted it perfectly. “There is not only a change in fashion going on, but a change of mind”. Consider the black jacket that hangs in the confines of your wardrobe. Wear it with panache. Bold confidence. Whether you pair it with denim or sequins or with suited appeal, the black jacket with never fail you. For me? The “black jacket” will continually remain a staple of style within my wardrobe. Suited in a powerful and enduring style, indeed…

Kristin

PS: And of the black jacket on the man? Duly striking in style….

“I wear the same thing every day. I always pack two black jackets, loads of black T-shirts, loads of white jeans. I feel a little fresh and glamorous and graphic”
-Michael Kors

Michael Kors
Michael Kors

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