Willie Geist shows off his style evolution in Esquire

Willie Geist looks stylish in a blue suit and talks about the role of blazers in his life in the June/July issue of Esquire. Dustin Aksland / Esquire
Willie Geist looks stylish in a blue suit and talks about the role of blazers in his life in the June/July issue of Esquire.

Willie Geist has come a long way in the style department.

In the latest issue of Esquire magazine, the TODAY co-host jokes about starting his relationship with a blue blazer as a kid, when he paired it with khakis and a clip-on tie, and shows how his style has evolved.

Willie shows off his debonair look with a crisp blue suit in the "How I Look Now'' section of the magazine's June/July issue. In the story, he talks about wearing his blue blazer to church as a kid at West Side Presbyterian in Ridgewood, N.J., where he said it made him look more well-behaved than he was.

"The blazer gave the impression to all that I was a well-scrubbed, respectful, devout young man, even as I heckled the pastor under my breath and drew a pair of boobs on the offertory cards," he writes in the piece.

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After growing up with a blazer from Syms in an ill-fitting size labeled "close enough'' by his mother, he now regularly wears a single-breasted blazer and a pocket square on weekends and pairs another one with gray pants while on TODAY.

"After all those years of mixed feelings, you wake up and see the blue blazer has elbowed its way to the front of the closet,'' he writes. "And, by God, it has earned that real estate. It has earned our respect. It has become essential. The blue blazer has always been there for us, hanging patiently, waiting for us to grow into it."

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    Natalie Morales and Willie Geist appear on TODAY on July 5, 2012.

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    Willie Geist was named permanent co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in September 2007.

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    Musician Elvis Costello chats with Willie Geist in the green room before "Morning Joe" on Nov. 3, 2010.

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    Willie on his first day of "Way Too Early," in 2009.

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    Author and journalist Bill Geist and son Willie Geist at Bill's Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony on April 15, 2011.

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    Willie Geist appears on TODAY to talk about his best-selling book "American Freak Show" in October 2010.

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    Willie strikes a pose; at Ridgewood High in N.J., he was captain of the football and basketball teams.

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    Willie Geist was 17 when he was photographed at home with his mother, Jody (left), sister, Libby, and father, Bill Geist (right).

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    Geist was born in Evanston, Illinois, to author, columnist, and current CBS News correspondent Bill Geist and social worker Jody Geist.

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