The sartorial term blazer originated with the red "blazers" of the Lady Margaret Boat Club (1825), the rowing club of St. John's College, Cambridge. The Lady Margaret club jackets were termed blazers because of the bright red cloth, and the term survived the original red coat. Hence the term "Blazing red". Back then (pre-advanced technology), blazers were both loose fitting and made to keep rowers warm during chilly training sessions and races many of which had been held in the early mornings. In addition, the blazers had been made in bright colors serving another practical purpose by allowing spectators situated onshore to identify which crew was which.
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