With classic stripes and bold colors, a boating blazer creates a confident and distinguished appearance. Originally designed as sports jackets for The River Thames rowing clubs in London, these comfortably cut classics are now a popular summer blazer among dapper gents. Pair with men's chinos and a crisp white shirt for a surprisingly versatile outfit. For a more subtle summer style, try our lightweight linen jackets.
Summer blazers are tailored from colored or striped fabric, and designed to be worn with unmatched trousers.
Originally developed for naval uniforms, a blazer is not as structured as a suit jacket but smarter than a sports jacket. The jacket's provenance is believed to lie with the crew of HMS Blaze who paraded in short "navy blue" jackets. As a nod to the jacket's naval heritage, military style brass buttons and anchor designs are also a common feature.
Boating blazers first gained popularity during the 1920s, as rowing club members adopted these bold jackets. The origin of the name "boating blazer" is often credited to the "blazing" bright scarlet rowing jackets worn by the members of the Lady Margaret Boat Club of St John’s College in Cambridge, UK.
Today we have a glorious choice of men's blazers to enjoy, on the water and in warm weather. Rowing or rigging is no longer a prerequisite for donning this jacket, so we recommend relaxing with a refreshing glass of fizz by the water's edge instead.