May 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM ET
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.
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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