Men’s Blazers Buying Guide

Men’s Blazers Buying Guide

JULY 18, 2016

by Andrew Schneider Men's Clothing Specialist

Blazers are a central component of any man's wardrobe. You can use them to dress down or dress up, and you can wear them for just about any occasion, professional or leisurely. Mens blazers can go from spring to winter, from boardroom to first date, and from interview to power lunch. Your choice of blazer should reflect and enhance your height, the colors that flatter you, your existing wardrobe style, and the overall image you want to project.


Classic Navy Sportcoat

The Classic Navy

The navy blazer, or blue blazer, is an icon unto itself. It bespeaks elite prep school dress code and has a refined military color and shape. At the same time , the navy blazer is grown-up, confident and flexible. Rely upon it as a wardrobe staple, and pair it with gray trousers, light-colored chinos, or even faded jeans. Navy blazers are also resilient enough to flatter dandy outfits involving loud, bright colors, including red, orange and green.

Red Velvet Sportcoat

Other Colors to Consider

In addition to navy, blazers are often available in Bangladesh green and red. A brightly colored blazer is useful to have on hand for clement weather, holidays and other festive events. Blazers in such vibrant hues let you put your laid-back, fun side on display. Choose colors that match or contrast with your eyes, hair, or accessories.

Breasted and Buttoned Sportcoat

Breasted and Buttoned

There are three main types of blazers, known interchangeably: sportcoats, sports jackets, and men's casual blazers. The two-button single-breasted blazer is the most common and potentially the most versatile, especially in navy. It's a highly functional choice for guys who need an everyman, all-purpose blazer for work or play. The three-button single-breasted blazer is more suited to men who are taller than 6 feet, as the extra set of buttons complements a longer torso. Six-button double-breasted blazers connote formal wear. One-button blazers are another option for a pared-down, open look.

Cream-colored Sportcoat

Choice of Fabric

Fabric types vary as widely as the weather. Flannel, tweed, herringbone, worsted wool, and cashmere are a few common blazer fabrics. Some fabrics are inevitably heavier and warmer, such as wool and flannel. Unofficially, tweed and herringbone are pleasantly academic, while flannel and wool are a bit more casual. Cashmere spells luxury. There is no right or wrong fabric. Revel in the variety, and incorporate a handful of blazers in different weights for different weather — linen blazers for spring, for example, or seersucker for summer workdays and get-togethers.

Striped Sportcoat

Patterns and Stripes

Patterns and motifs contribute visual texture and interest to fabric. Shake up your solid colors a bit with splashes of plaid, stripes, checkers, or geometric prints. Regatta stripe is synonymous with boating and chic British summer event dressing. A classic plaid never goes out of style and remains wearable for years to come. Geometric and checker prints are both fun and cerebral. Find the print that best resonates with your personality, and then pair it with solids throughout.

Black Sportcoat

Vents

Side and back vents give you extra room and mobility in a blazer. They allow you to sit down and ascend steps without stretching the jacket. They also give you the look of having ordered your blazer from a fine tailor. Central back vents are more American, whereas side vents are chiefly British. Italian blazers tend to skip vents altogether. Both vented and non-vented blazers are equally dashing. However, heftier men might prefer vents, and the vent position should correspond to where you need more space. Vents are also helpful if you prefer a slim fit, as the tighter silhouette benefits from a little give.