The blazer is the ultimate smart-casual style hero, a multifunctional menswear must-have that will prove its worth time and again, in myriad situations, with myriad outfits. There's a blazer for every season and situation – from classic navy wool blazers to summer-ready linen versions. Whichever style you opt for, you can rest assured it will take any ensemble up a notch. Scroll on for our ultimate guide to blazers, including the best men's blazers to buy in 2022.
When it comes to styling a blazer, the most important thing to consider is the context in which you'll be wearing it. If it's a work situation, think about how formal your workplace environment is. A business-casual dress code offers the opportunity for a slightly more relaxed look than a business-professional dress code, so you could team a navy or beige blazer with an Oxford shirt and chinos or even jeans (darker indigo or black hues work best). For an effortlessly elegant weekend look, try an unstructured blazer over a crisp white tee with slouchy tailored trousers and leather trainers.
London-based label L'Estrange specialises in minimalist menswear staples that transcend trends and seasons. One of the latest additions to its permanent collection is the 24 Blazer - a lightweight and breathable organic cotton blazer without any of the padding, lining or bulkiness that so often features in traditional men's blazers. Team it with L'Estrange's matching 24 Trouser for a relaxed take on classic tailoring.
You can never go wrong with a classic navy blazer, and this lightweight linen iteration from Wax London ticks all of our boxes. Half lined for an unstructured and lightweight feel, it's finished with natural corozo nut buttons and crisp notch lapels. Wear it to a summer wedding with Wax's matching Alp Trousers and a pair of penny loafers.
If you're looking for a more casual take on the traditional blazer, look to New York City-based label Corridor, whose playful patchwork blazer will turn heads for all the right reasons. Made from a summer-ready blend of linen and cotton, it boasts a characterful all-over woven patchwork as well as horn buttons and taffeta lining. Pair it with Corridor's matching Patchwork Shorts for a cool and contemporary warm weather look.
Expertly crafted from luxurious Italian virgin wool with breathable cotton lining, this men's blazer from Closed exudes effortless elegance. The slightly slouchy construction lends itself just as easily to a casual ensemble as a more formal one: team it with jeans, a plain white tee and Derby shoes for a fuss-free weekend look.
Swedish masters of minimalism A Day's March present the Bedford Wool Jacket, an ultra-versatile jacket that's easily thrown over anything from a sharp Oxford shirt to a laid-back cashmere crew-neck to a slouchy hoodie. The flattering straight fit and durable wool construction make this blazer a timeless classic that you'll reach for again and again.
Axel Arigato's clean-cut Saint Blazer is perfectly tailored for a refined look with lightly structured shoulders, notch lapels, and seams through the torso. Wear it with a lightweight sweatshirt, high-top trainers and a baseball cap for a sophisticated take on luxury sportswear.
A classic black blazer is a capsule wardrobe staple that you'll never tire of. This version from COS is guaranteed to instantly smarten up any outfit, with its flattering slim fit and elegant single breasted construction. Crafted from 100% responsibly sourced wool, it's durable and made to stand the test of time. Wear it with tailored trousers, a cutaway collar shirt and Oxford shoes for a slick take on classic suiting.
Renowned as one of the ultimate go-tos for sharply cut men's blazers and suits, Boss never fails to disappoint. This dark grey virgin wool jacket is proof of the brand's masterful tailoring. Keep things classic with an Oxford shirt and polished loafers, or go down a more casual route by teaming it with jeans, trainers and a roll-neck.
Iconic British brand Sunspel collaborated with renowned London tailoring house Casely-Hayford to produce this unstructured, double-breasted blazer, which screams smart-casual. Crafted from a super soft and lightweight textured jersey, it boasts a relaxed, boxy fit for the ultimate fusion of comfort and elegance.
Trust Acne Studios to take a traditional menswear staple and give it an unconventional yet oh-so-cool twist. Crafted from a fluid and shiny fabric that's made from recycled polyester, this unlined black blazer features contrasting multi-coloured topstitch details and zipped pockets. It's an instant contemporary classic that will add a touch of character to any ensemble.
Finish your look with a pair of minimalist men's trainers.
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