We’re going to let you in a little secret: The best casual blazers for men are a transitional weather panacea, a soothing cure-all for that telltale end-of-season malaise. Because at the beginning of September, who among us hasn’t peered into a closet stuffed with warm weather clothing and bemoaned the lack of anything exciting to wear?
Well-dressed citizens of the Internet, we hear your cry! Now is the perfect time to build out your blazer rotation, and if your fall wardrobe needs refreshing this is exactly where to start. (A brief point of very #menswear-y clarification: Blazers, once traditionally distinguished by their navy color and gold-tone buttons, are now effectively synonymous with sport coats, a standalone alternative to the suit jacket expressly designed for more casual wear. Unless you’re a real stickler—or the type of poor bastard who had to “dress up” for dinner as a kid—feel free to ignore the distinction entirely.)
The right way to wear a blazer in 2021? All of ’em. In other words, treat your blazers just like any other piece of outerwear in your rotation, albeit one that’ll transform your most casual fits into a righteous fashion week flex. You don’t need to pair one with a dress shirt or the typical trappings of business casual attire—heck, you definitely shouldn’t.
Instead, wear a single-breasted cotton blazer with fraying chinos and chunky loafers as soon as the temperature dips below 70. Then when fall really hits, make like Frank Jackson and pair a hearty double-breasted wool blazer with faded jeans and a half-tucked long-sleeve T-shirt. (Best to avoid tuxedo jackets for now, unless you’re fresh off a recent elopement. In which case: do you, and mazel tov!) To help you on your journey, we hunted down an unbeatable selection of the best casual blazers for men on the market. Which means the answer to all your not-quite-summer-not-quite-fall styling FAQs is suddenly here, in one convenient place. Have at it.
The Classic Pick
Stay in the menswear game long enough and you learn a few things. Primary among ’em: Sid Mashburn will never steer you wrong.
The Not-So-Classic Pick
For the country club set, if your country club is pied-à-terre in Paris.
The Budget Pick
A criminally affordable wool-blend blazer in a very fall-ready plaid? Sweet, sweet Ludlow, we hardly recognized thee!
The [Gesticulates in Italian] Pick
The Professorial Pick
Tell me you’re working towards a PhD in Classics without telling me you’re working towards a PhD in Classics.
The Drop Day Pick
No surprise the Chanel of Streetwear cuts a mean suit.
The Industry Insider Pick
The Royal-Approved Pick
More than fit for the man himself.
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