These 7 Lightweight, Wrinkle-Resistant Blazers Are Perfect for Travel
Dress for the class you want to be sitting in
Garment bags can only do so much.
Flight turbulence, butter-fingered bellhops and back-back-to-back meetings wage war on a man’s blazer during his travels, and unless your hotel’s hooking you up with day-of dry cleaning (good luck), the suit jacket you’re flying home with is too often a wrinkled shell of its former self.
Which really is a shame, because most men packing or wearing blazers for trips are either busy on business, or just trying to look good, and a crumpled mess of a sport-coat is an extra, unfortunate travel stressor.
Luckily, the menswear industry is increasingly aware of this issue. For years, the answer has been hopsack. It’s a material constructed using a basket-weave technique that can be applied to a blazer made of wool, or a wool and cotton blend, and it absolutely refuses to wrinkle. The pattern also resists stains, and thanks to its construction, breathes better than most suits. (Think of the performance you’d expect from waffle-weave towel compared to standard terrycloth cotton.)
Hopsack isn’t the only fabric tech keeping suits fresh for travel, though. A bevy of suit suppliers have taken it upon themselves to release “jetsetter” lines, which often feature “unstructured” or “unconstructed” blazers. These are jackets with unpadded shoulders, little or no lining, and a lightweight fabric blend, most often wool or cotton, that either come with natural stretch, or feature a minuscule percentage of a stretching agent, like elastane.
These garments, no matter their exact tech, project a more casual fit without sacrificing anything in the way of looks. They fold easy, allow for the inevitable second or third use, and work with a variety of outfits.
We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up seven superior options on the market right now, from Brooks Brothers’ hopsack coat to Taylor Stitch’s 100% wool blazer, to a French chore coat that’s so bold it just might close the deal. Happy shopping and safe travels.
Milano Fit Hopsack Sport Coat
A hopsack option from the most famous name in suits, woven in Italy. As the hopsack fabric generally creates a slight discoloration pattern, it’s smart to go with the dark navy here.
Ludlow Classic-fit Unstructured Suit Jacket
One of J.Crew’s most popular blazers, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s tough pull off easygoing and appropriate in formal dress, but that cotton-linen fabric (milled from Somelos in Portugal) gets the job done.
Traveler’s Hopsack Blazer
The beloved blazer of Orvis chairman Leigh H. Perkins. It’s a stuffier look than some other jackets here, yes, but reliable nonetheless. Also in a hopsack weave. Tip: you’ll want to size down on this one. And for fuck’s sake, do not button the top button like the model in the above photo; the blazer features a traditional 3-2 roll, where, the lapel folds over the top button, revealing the inverted button-hole on the left side — but only when left unbuttoned, like so.
Jetsetter Stretch Italian Cotton Suit Jacket
Unlined, unconstructed, Italian cotton, a hint of elastane, and a whole lot of blue. This is an immaculate blazer.
The Everyday Blazer
Our friends over at Taylor Stitch obsess over everything they make, and this blazer got the usual red carpet treatment. It’s knitted in Portugal from 100% wool, has a relaxed feel (check the two buttons and chore coat-y pockets) and unlike many of the jackets here, can be penciled in without question in every month of the year.
Havana Dark Grey Jacket
Suitsupply has a line of blazers cut in a “Traveller finish,” which is a soft Italian wool meant to resist creases. It’s part of their Travel Edition line, and we’d recommend going ahead and checking out their shirts, too.
Blazer – Cotton/Linen Herringbone
The offbeat option. Vetra is a purveyor of heritage French workwear, and has been around since WWII. It’s famous for its chore coat, and this cotton/linen blazer isn’t that far off in spirit (it co-ops the drop-in pockets), but uses a herringbone weave. This probably isn’t kosher for a business meeting, but it should definitely be on deck for any all trips with your better half.
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