J. Press Week Continues

Editor’s Note: The cover image is a white buck from the Press/Sebago collab. Wear that with the jacket I am about to talk you in to, and you will be just fine.

I remember when I started as Admin on the Facebook group, I brought out a navy, double-breasted blazer from Burberry. I have been wearing it for years, my family calls it The Stubing after Captain Stubing on The Love Boat (if you have to look that up, skip reading and go right to the J. Press Pennant Label Spring/Summer sale and start shopping because I know your age).

As an aside, I can’t find any pictures of Stubing in a double breasted navy blazer.

It was… controversial. That’s polite. That group was wild back then.

Controversy settled with this photo:

And what to my wondering eyes did appear but J. Press validation in this photo here?

This blazer is part of their Spring/Summer 24 collection, which you can shop here.

Here is the argument I made then, and I still make it now. First. Back then, there was 50 more pounds of me than there is now. The blazer did a fantastic job of making that look like 25. Second, it is so formal that when you wear it informally, instant upgrade. I wear mine with jeans, white ocbd, and loafers. ALL THE TIME. It is an elevation of the sport coat. Third, the sport coat with any shirt other than a button down collar looks silly. The navy double breasted blazer, however, lets you wear that really expensive shirt your mother in law bought you because she knows you like good clothes but unfortunately she didn’t get the Ivy memo so it has a spread collar. Pocket square? By all means. Finally, navy and gold buttons make everything except bell bottoms good.

There is, btw, perhaps the greatest collection of Ivy Spring sweaters ever assembled here.

That gets covered tomorrow, but for now, check it out so you know what I am talking about.

10 Comments on "J. Press Week Continues"

  1. A huge fan of DB navy blazers here. I have a wear one (or possibly two?) routinely.

    Kind Regards,


  2. I can’t pull off the DB to my liking. But the two button has been my stand by.
    Is that press pennant collection all slim cut?

  3. elder prep | March 11, 2024 at 6:59 pm |

    Hmmm . . . don’t I need a power boat to go with the navy DB blazer?

  4. A Navy DB is my Conference and Trade-Show de rigueur, it separates me from the white-sole-sneaker-dress-shoe in an untukit-blueplaid-sportcoat crowd.

  5. Charlottesville | March 12, 2024 at 11:11 am |

    I had a DB navy blazer custom made about 20 years ago, and I like it very much. However, I don’t wear it nearly often enough. This may be the inspiration I need to give it more regular outings.

    • James H. Grant | March 14, 2024 at 2:04 pm |

      Charlottesville: On an unrelated matter, thanks for the heads-up on Bill’s Khakis. I ordered a pair of M2’s in the proper khaki color. They were just like the ones in 1965, except for the price. But I have always subscribed to the aphorism: “I never regret my extravagances, only my economies.” — JHG

  6. PocketSquare | March 12, 2024 at 12:47 pm |

    I personally don’t like the idea of wearing a button down collar shirt with a peak lapel jacket.

  7. I have two vintage navy DB blazers, one for my current size, and one for the size I might one day return to (but I’m not holding my breath). They take a certain chutzpah to wear, particularly in more casual settings, and it pains me that I don’t wear them nearly as often as I’d like to.

  8. MacMcConnell | March 14, 2024 at 1:17 am |

    I agree, but I have in a pinch worn a button down with my DB blazer. With a tie I always wear a tab collar shirt.

  9. Tim Irvine | March 14, 2024 at 4:40 pm |

    I am not sure I can wrap my head around wingtip white bucks, but I am also incapable of imagining myself in anything double breasted other than Navy dress blues. Most of the time (probably all, for me) when I see a collaboration it is a hard no.

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