You Need a Casual Blazer for Spring. Get One of These.
Look spiffy for spring
To put it bluntly, blazers are kind of boring. Maybe it’s because I’ve personally had little experience or need to ever wear one, but I’ve been of the mind that if I’ve seen one blazer, I’ve seen them all.
Or so I thought. Delving into the world of blazers has ultimately proved me wrong — not all blazers are made equal. While there are a lot of navy iterations, what sets a blazer apart from others (and makes it a worthwhile and even fun buy) often lies in the cut and fabric. And they don’t even have to be strictly for business or fancy meetings. In fact, they can be casual. Who knew?
But finding a blazer that’s seasonally appropriate (especially for the weird and unpredictable weather that spring often provides), in addition to being casual without being frumpy, is easier said than done. Luckily, many brands have recognized the dilemma consumers faced and are increasingly turning out blazers that look presentable without veering into black-tie territory. Take the unstructured blazer for example: its fit is in its name, unstructured, but that doesn’t mean it’ll just hang off you or be ill-fitting. All it indicates is a less stuffy, buttoned-up silhouette, one that will allow you room to actually breathe.
Below you’ll find ten blazers, some slightly more casual than others, but all with the ability to make you look simultaneously approachable and like the very important man we’re sure you are.
Uniqlo Lightweight Cotton Jacket
Uniqlo might refer to this as just a jacket, but we know a blazer when we see one. Like most of the brand’s goods, this lightweight cotton number is uncomplicated and bound to become something you continually reach for. If you’ve never ventured into the world of cotton blazers before, there’s no better place to start.
J.Crew Ludlow Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit Jacket in Portuguese Cotton-Linen
Sometimes you want a little variety in your wardrobe and why shouldn’t that extend to your blazers? Contrary to popular belief, not all blazers have to be navy. J.Crew’s unstructured suit jacket from their Ludlow collection is just the right pattern for switching it up every once in a while without turning you into an eyesore for others, and if you’re really into it, you can get pants to match.
Orvis Traveler’s Hopsack Blazer
When it comes to spring blazers, any kind made from Hopsack will prove to be a life saver. Not technically a fabric but rather a method of weaving that renders fabric loose, the result is a jacket that’s breathable and thus conducive to warmer temps. In addition to being Hopsack, Orvis’s Traveler’s blazer is a standard, everyday option, complete with their Orvis blazer buttons, for just the right amount of prep.
Aspesi Burgundy Slim-Fit Unstructured Garment-Dyed Cotton Blazer
You can’t go wrong with Italian-made clothing, especially when it comes to suiting, and this Aspesi burgundy blazer is sufficiently sophisticated without feeling like a straitjacket.
Alex Mill Mill Blazer
Another cotton blazer, but now in black! Everyone needs a black jacket in their repertoire, so why not make it this unstructured and unlined blazer?
Brooklyn Tailors Unstructured Jacket in Bright Blue Hopsack
Not navy blue but bright blue. While it might be tricky to pull off with most shades of denim, it’ll look great with white or khaki. Plus, you can’t beat a once $525 jacket now less than $200.
Corridor Flecked Indigo Striped 5 Button Blazer
If you’re style sensibility leans more towards workwear, but you require something a little less casual than a work or chore jacket, Corridor has managed to strike the perfect balance between both work and suiting with their flecked indigo blazer in hickory stripe.
Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer
Bonobos is known for their suiting, so naturally they would throw their hat into the unstructured blazer game. Granted, theirs is unconstructed, but it’s essentially the same thing and will serve the same purpose.
Taylor Stitch The Everyday Blazer
Taylor Stitch calls this The Everyday blazer for a reason. Its simplicity lends it well to being worn with everything from a button down and slacks to just jeans and a plain ol’ white t-shirt. And since you’re a very busy businessman who travels a lot, the wrinkle-resistant fabric its crafted from will allow you to throw it in your suitcase and go.
Polo Ralph Lauren Unstructured Garment-Dyed Stretch Cotton-Twill Blazer
To round off the list is this Polo Ralph Lauren unstructured number. The garment-dyed fabric means it will resist fading more easily and thus last longer in your closet, while the khaki will look especially nice with dark-wash denim.
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