16 Unstructured Blazers That Are Perfect for Your Return to the Office
Now is the best time to upgrade your office jacket rotation.
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If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself hurriedly thumbing through your closest in the rush of a workday morning, wishing you knew exactly what to wear. As a chronic over-dresser, my sensibilities leaned tie over T-shirt, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to make the dressy look work without repeating the blue-on-navy, white-on-beige button down and pant combo endlessly. Thankfully, I’ve recently stumbled across a semi-forgotten gem of officewear —the unstructured blazer — and it’s revolutionized my back-to-work mornings.
At first glance, a blazer may seem like a relic of an era gone by, where pinstripes and cognac, not WeWork hats and Nature Valley granola bars, were king. But the fact of the matter is that an unstructured jacket affords a host of style options that put the finance-bro fleece vest to shame. Dress shirts, polos, even a classic tee-shirt all combine nicely with a jacket, and make for a look that’ll also work when the end-of-day bell tolls bar o’clock. Plus, it’s the perfect light layer for fall, the season of stylish and comfy clothes, especially with so many folks headed back to the office as autumn kicks into gear.
There’s no doubt the in-office sartorial landscape will have changed, but after nearly two years of sweats, it only feels appropriate to saddle up for the challenge of actually dressing, be it swapping out the old chinos or trying a new pair of office sneakers. Luckily, that’s what the blazer is for. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite looks to get you back into work, or just back into a dressed-up-and-ready-to-go mindset.
Uniqlo Comfort Jacket
When Uniqlo says comfort, they’re not lying. This cozy jacket has just the right amount of slouch for an easy-wear blazer, and at a fraction of the cost of your standard sports coat.
Scotch & Soda Single Breasted Blazer
Just in case you needed any more convincing that a textured blazer is the way to go, Scotch & Soda’s single breasted suit jacket is here to seal the deal.
Flint and Tinder Pack Blazer
For some offices, a semi-causal blazer is perfectly appropriate, and this Flint and Tinder hybrid jacket toes that line perfectly. Inspired by military utilitarianism and prioritizing rugged functionality, the Pack Blazer is as versatile as it is good-looking.
Corridor Ticking Stripe 3 Button Blazer
The NYC-based craftsmen at Corridor put together an exceptionally special suit separate with this three button blazer — the ticking stripe material, an homage to the work jackets of old, is guaranteed to rake in the compliments at the office (or just on Zoom).
Ted Baker London Kyle Check Sports Coat
Brown has always been a fall color, and with its recent resurgence as a go-to shade in the suiting game, it’s an especially good option right now. This rings especially when it’s dressed up nice, like the Kyle Check Sports Coat from Ted Baker London.
Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer
Bonobos may be a (relatively) new player in the formalwear game, but their unconstructed Italian wool blazer already feels like a classic.
Alex Mill Rugged Cord Blazer
Alex Mill is known for their modern, rugged takes on timeless menswear, and their rendition of a corduroy blazer is no different. Drenched in a durable, deep chocolate and fully embracing the best of American Ivy, the rugged cord blazer is the perfect office coat for fall.
Everlane Casual Blazer
If you’re searching for a smart blazer that won’t break the bank, look no further than Everlane’s causal jacket. A cotton blend that looks as good (maybe better) with a tee as it does with a dress shirt, this jacket won’t let you down.
Banana Republic SUPIMA Sweater Blazer
Is an unconstructed blazer still a bit too restrictive for you? Try a sweater blazer, like this one from Banana Republic. Knit from supple SUPIMA cotton, this blazer feels like a blanket and looks like you’re ready to work.
Drake’s Brown Tailored Jacket
Gold standard of suiting, meet my office. Office, meet the gold standard of suiting. At least, that’s how we imagine the conversation will go when you strut back into work in this impeccably tailored blazer from Drake’s.
Todd Snyder Madison Suit Jacket
We can only help but think of a certain part time professor of archeology when we see this blazer, and that’s probably the best you could hope for. A buttery corduroy piece from a cornerstone of modern day menswear, this jacket should be worn all fall long.
SuitSupply Mid Green Havana Jacket
SuitSupply didn’t have to ask — they know that green is the undisputed color of the season.
Polo Ralph Lauren Unconstructed Chino Suit Jacket
A classic cut from the seminal semi-formal icon, this PRL chino jacket has the right amount of weight and roominess for an all-day blazer excursion. Wear it to the office and maybe that dinner party coming up, too.
Reiss Slim Fit Puppytooth Blazer
No pups were harmed in the making of this blazer, but watch out: turns out looks (specifically, the way this jacket looks) can kill.
Sérf Power Twill Blazer
The boring black suit may be dead, but from its ashes rises the Power Blazer from Sérf. With a velvety sheen, boxy fit and single-button front, we’re confident in knowing this ’70s-inspired look is here to stay.
Mr. P Unstructured Cashmere and Virgin-Wool Blend Blazer
Bonus burning a hole in your pocket? Credit card itching to be swiped? Nothing will squash that big-ticket bug like a cashmere and wool blazer from sartorial guru Mr. Porter’s in-house line. A premium product for a premium price, this blazer is the pinnacle of timeless office style.
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