Formal date nights. Returns to the office. There are moments in life when you’ll be happy you have a great blazer in your closet. And if you’re looking to upgrade, now’s the time. The best men’s blazers today are modern and fresh. Think classic colors, a variety of fabric blends (from cotton to lightweight wool), a trim-but-not-tight fit and the ability to be worn with dark denim as easily as stretch chinos. The right blazer isn’t stuffy or stiff: It’s versatile and easy to wear.
A blazer is a happy medium between a full suit and a sport coat. A sport coat is less formal than a blazer. It’s made in bolder patterns than a blazer or a suit and uses more rugged or textured fabric (they were traditionally worn for field activities by sporting gentlemen, after all). Some sport coats even have notched collars or reinforced elbow patches. A blazer, on the other hand, traditionally comes in solid colors in fabrics like cotton or wool blends. Think of it like an easier way to clean up your act for business casual situations, classy date nights and seasonal dinner parties, preferably with leather dress shoes or dress boots. Terminology aside, a blazer is going to be more endlessly useful for work or play. Here are six men’s blazers we love right now.
Ever since J. Crew introduced its line of trim Ludlow suiting, tailoring has never been the same for guys who want accessible style at prices that aren’t too over-the-top. This blazer is a great example of that, made from soft Italian wool in a tailored fit. It’s got minimal lining in the body of the jacket (unlike suits, which often feature another layer of lightweight material lining throughout), which makes it easy to wear atop a long-sleeve tee or a stretch dress shirt.
A blazer you can wear on the road as business trips pick back up again? That’s more like it. Nordstrom has dialed in everything you need in a utility blazer, including a neutral navy color, a modern fit, and a fabric blend that incorporates wool and spandex. Translation: This is a blazer you can wear on the plane without fear of discomfort (or fear that it’ll get wrinkled in your suitcase) and wear it right off the road to dinner and drinks.
A navy blazer is the most versatile type of blazer a guy can own, in much the same way that wear-with-anything blue jeans are a similar wardrobe staple. This jacket features a durable cotton twill, making it more breathable and layering-friendly than a heavier wool blazer. Think of it like a blazer you can wear in at least three seasons.
Mizzen+Main’s specialty? Performance dress shirts made from stretch fabric and in a range of sizes to suit any guy. And another “nice-to-have” staple from the brand? This blazer, made from a textured weave and lined with two-way stretch cooling fabric. It’s ideal for any occasion, and looks especially great with a grey Oxford shirt and tan chinos.
Don’t sleep on Uniqlo for affordable, surprisingly well-made staples across a range of categories. They’re a great go-to for relaxed basics you can wear for family weekends at home, but the aptly named Comfort Jacket is a solid blazer option if you need a reliable and fairly priced jacket in a pinch. It’s unlined and made with stretchy polyester and cotton, so it’s almost like wearing a blazer-sweatshirt hybrid.
Think of the plaid blazer you’ve seen in old family photo albums, but dial things down color-wise, trim up the fit and voila: You’ve got a modern plaid blazer like this one. Most blazers for men typically take solid colors, but this pattern is simple and subtle enough that it’s worthy of consideration for your wardrobe.