In 1928 a group of Columbia University students, "not to be mistaken for professors or ordinary mortals," decided to wear "Korrect Kolumbia Kampus Kut Koats with King's Krown emblems"—in plain English, blazers. They got the idea from England where, since Queen Victoria's day, the striped blazer has stood for Old School and Team, and the blue flannel blazer announces, by its brass buttons and chest medallion, one's Club or Guard Company. This year, prompted by such be-blazered Broadway hits as The Boy Friend, blazers are back again, as colorful as ever when worn with "ice cream pants," trousers in every color known to Howard Johnson.
OXFORD BLAZERS. Various stripes indicated team affiliation of rugby players at Oxford in 1928 photograph.
COTTON BLAZERS. From left: gray and black striped Thomas cotton blazer, Linett ($39.75), with yellow slacks, White Stag $6.95). Pink blazer, McGregor ($16.95), is worn with black slacks. Khaki-and-black stripe ($25) is worn with khaki trousers ($13.50), both by Gordon. Double-breasted blue blazer ($17.95) with white cotton pants ($5.95), both McGregor. U.S. Rubber Keds.