Perhaps it’s all the gift-wrapping worming its way into our vestiary mindsets, perhaps its the ghost of Craig Sager standing in for that of Christmas Present.
Whatever the reason, each holiday season brings with it a fresh crop of festive, eye-catching blazers on menswear racks around the country. Checks, windowpanes, bold tartans and assorted other plaids and patterns, all encouraging you to fly a sartorial freak flag that would seem, well, strange at any other time of year.
Below you’ll find 10 of our favorites, complete with some tips on what makes each one special. Now go forth and revel in style.
Unlined, unpadded, unafraid. Top-shelf wool/cotton from England’s Abraham Moon mill that’s lightweight enough to throw a sweater underneath if needed. Swing for the whole suit if you’re feeling saucy.
Warm, rusty color scheme, elegant gold buttons and big ol’ Italian peacock lapels — this one’s for channeling your inner Lapo Elkann (minus the legal troubles).
Perhaps the most traditionally “festive” of the lot, and also probably the best bang for your buck considering the 100% wool/silk construction.
A GTH tartan punched up even further by chest pocket embroidery, enameled crest buttons and grosgrain trim — Gucci is not for those looking to keep it “low key.”
The bold red/black combo here can be a tricky proposition, but looks great if you keep the rest of your ensemble on the dark side.
Polo Ralph Lauren
Ralph swinging for the fences on this double-breasted number, which honestly could (and should) double as a coat on days that aren’t obnoxiously frigid.
Fun fact: this type of classic green/blue/black tartan is common to the “Black Watch,” an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Looks great with the “black sweater.”
Flusser is a sartorial legend, and thus gets a pass on the fact that this ‘70s throwback stunner (suede elbow patches!) is carried exclusively by … Steinmart? Whatever, at 80 bucks we’ll embrace it.
Pro tip: lighter greys not only pair well with this number’s deep plum background, but will also help to bring out the understated windowpane.
INC International Concepts
The full kit might be a tad extreme, but pair this jacket with a white shirt, black tie and black trousers and you’ve got yourself a formal occasion winner. Also, Macy’s sale prices are insane.
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