best blazers for men

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YOU MAY have noticed that fewer menswear brands are making blazers these days, given our laxer dress codes. But we’d argue that the best men’s blazers still have a place in our closets. Blazers, and by that we also mean sport coats (we’ll cover that distinction later), work on multiple levels of formality. They can go full formal when matched with slacks and a tie for occasions like weddings and dinner parties. But the blazer’s specialty is business casual, worn with jeans or chinos and button down. What makes them especially relevant today however, is how well blazers accent casual looks.



  • Best Office Blazer

    Bottsford Micro Check Navy Blazer
    Indochino

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  • Amazon Bestseller

    Men’s Long-Sleeve Button-Front Slim-fit Stretch Blazer
    Amazon Essentials

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  • Best Gold Button Blazer

    Archive Blazer
    Brooks Brothers

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  • Best Luxury Blazer

    Polo Doeskin Blazer
    Polo Ralph Lauren

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  • Best Tweed Blazer

    Madison Sport Coat in Black Cream Herringbone
    Todd Snyder

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The right blazer can take a matching sweatsuit for all-day lounging, or level up a party fit. You can throw a blazer over a t-shirt and shorts combo for bead days our outdoor dinner parties. Or you can go classic with a navy blue blazer, a wardrobe workhorse, that looks great with just about anything.

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What Exactly Is the Difference Between Blazers, Sport Coats, and Suit Jackets?

Blazers: Essentially, a blazer is a jacket in the style of a suit jacket that does not have matching pants. They usually have a less refined look to them when it comes to stitching and pocket construction. However, the only definitive characteristic of a blazer is the lack of matching pants. Most people associate the blazer with the old prep school/yacht club navy jacket with gold buttons. While that may be the most iconic form of blazer, the category has much more to offer.

Blazers were originally worn by sports teams, starting with rowing clubs, at schools in England during the early 1800s. Think of them as the original version of a varsity jacket. The term blazer comes from the fact that the first ones were bright red. As team members started to wear them around, they caught on in popular style.

Sport Coats: For most people, fashion enthusiasts and professionals included, the terms sport coat and blazer are interchangeable. The origin of the term sport coat goes back to the days when men wore full tailored outfits to play sports like skeet shooting, cricket, tennis, and rowing. These jackets did not feature all the lining and finishing details of tailored suits. This made them less constricting and allowed them to breathe better. That legacy lives on in the fact that sport coats and blazers are usually half lined or completely unlined today. It also lives on in the tweed blazers that were originally worn for hunting.

Suit Jackets: This one is pretty self explanatory. If you have a matching pair of pants, that jacket is a suit jacket. All of the rules for what details make a proper suit jacket went out the window long ago. Any level of finishing details, lining, pocket arrangement, and fabrics are out there today. So now, it’s just the pants that make a suit. One thing to keep in mind is that most traditional suit jackets, the ones that follow all those old rules, do not make good blazers because they’re too formal looking and just don’t come off correctly without the matching pants.

Best Office Blazer

Indochino

Bottsford Micro Check Navy Blazer

Amazon Bestseller

Amazon Essentials

Men’s Long-Sleeve Button-Front Slim-fit Stretch Blazer

Best Gold Button Blazer

Brooks Brothers

Archive Blazer

Best Luxury Blazer

Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Doeskin Blazer

Best Tweed Blazer

Todd Snyder

Madison Sport Coat in Black Cream Herringbone

Great for traveling

Buck Mason

High-Ridge Cord Carry-On Jacket

Best Moisture-Wicking Blazer

Lululemon

Venture Blazer

Best Hot Weather Blazer

Bonobos

Unconstructed Blazer

Best Patch Pocket Blazer

Paul Smith

Tailored-Fit Linen Patch-Pocket Blazer

Best Statement Blazer

Gucci

HA HA HA pinstripe wool jacket

Banna Republic

Milano Sweater Blazer

Best Budget Blazer

Uniqlo

Wool Blended Jacket

Great Wool Blazer

Ted Baker

Wool Karl Blazer

Hawes and Curtis

Stone Dogtooth Italian Wool Jacket

Faherty

Inlet Knit Blazer

Brunello Cucinelli

Striped Cotton Blazer – Cloud Blue

Barena

Piero Slim-Fit Cotton-Blend Canvas Blazer

Goodthreads

Men’s Slim-Fit Stretch Twill Blazer

Peter Millar

Stealth Fleece Clubhouse Wool-Cashmere Blazer

J.Crew

Ludlow Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit Jacket In Irish Cotton-Linen

Abercrombie & Fitch

Classic Blazer

Best Leather Blazer

Overland

Carlisle Distressed Italian Lambskin Leather Blazer

Todd Snyder

Knit Madison Sport Coat in Birch

Topman

One-Button Velvet Blazer

How to Find the Right Blazer for You

Size

Most critical is the fit of the shoulder. The seam on the jacket should sit directly above the edge of your shoulder. Most guys buy jackets that are too big. Even the best tailor can’t fix an ill-fitting shoulder, so get this detail correct and you’re off to a good start.

Sleeves

Next, focus on the sleeve length. They should end about a half-inch above your hand, allowing room for your shirt cuff to show. If you are 5’7”, try a short jacket length. If you’re 5’8” to 6’, try a regular jacket first. If you are 6’ or taller, you’ll probably need a long. Tip: Wear a long sleeved dress shirt when you get fitted in your blazer. This helps the tailor know how to adjust the sleeves.

Body

Blazers are meant to provide structure, so it shouldn’t fit like a college hoodie, although off the rack, the body of the jacket might be a little boxy. If that’s the case, ask your tailor to have it taken in so it skims your torso. Traditional fits are typically longer in the body, while modern fits are cut shorter. Either way, if the bottom of the jacket falls below your butt, it’s too long. Ideally, the end of your sleeve and the bottom of the jacket should more or less line up.

Style

Traditional blazers have metal buttons, but these days they come in plenty of styles. We’re big fans of the knit blazer, which marries the comfort of a sweatshirt with the structure of a jacket. We also like chino blazers that can dress up or dress down your office look, and look great for summer weddings.

Deputy Editor, Commerce
As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com.

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