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f you’re looking for a way to finish your outfit that’s not too casual but won’t make you look stuffy, a casual men’s blazer is a top choice. Providing a similar silhouette to a suit jacket, it’s far easier to wear a casual blazer as it coordinates with all kinds of outfits. Rather than matching it up with pants, a blazer can be any color you choose. Whether you stick to more conservative colors such as black, grey or blue or switch it up with plaid and printed designs, the choice is yours.
Blazers come in a variety of fabrics, from heavyweight wool to linen, cotton and other lighter designs. This gives you the opportunity to wear them in every season by picking a fabric that suits the temperature. Bear in mind that blazers aren’t designed to be worn like a coat. Simply think of them more like a smarter sweater. Just like a hoodie or a tracksuit top, a casual men’s blazer is part of your outfit and doesn’t get removed once you go indoors.
If you’ve never rocked a blazer before, you’re in a for a treat as there are endless styles to pick from. To help get you started, we’ve whittled it down to 24 of the best men’s blazers for 2018. Check out our list below and find your favorite!
What Are The Main Things To Consider When Buying A Casual Men’s Blazer?
Although obvious, one of the main priorities, when you’re buying a casual men’s blazer, is size. We don’t just mean making sure it fits, but we mean the overall cut and style. If you’re slender you’ll find that your body gets lost in a loose-fit blazer, and it could make you look scruffy. Conversely, larger guys may struggle to squeeze into a slim-fit blazer even if they’re buying their regular size.
It’s important for the blazer to fit properly all over so it’s not always possible to size up or down – although sometimes that will work. However, if you want to avoid looking like a 7-year-old who’s borrowed his dad’s jacket, you’ll need to be careful when automatically sizing up.
You’ll need to know your waist, chest and shoulder measurements, as well as the length of your arms. The sleeves of a blazer should finish around 1/2” short of your hand and sit 1-2” above the top of your thigh when you’re standing. Look out in particular for the fit around the collar, button area and shoulders – all of these places show the obvious signs that a blazer is too loose or too tight.
Some blazers are designed to be a slim-fit which means the armholes will typically be higher, the sleeves may be narrower and with less room around the sides. If you’re blessed with a beefy body you might find that this cut simply doesn’t fit well. You can still get a neat silhouette with a looser style and trust us, you’ll feel much more comfortable if the blazer isn’t cutting off your circulation.
What Clothes Do Casual Men’s Blazers Go With?
Casual men’s blazers have made a comeback in recent years and it’s a trend that we’ve been cheering on here at Men’s Gear. We’re more than a bit fond of the casual blazer and the myriad of options it offers for our wardrobe. Less formal than a suit jacket, a well-chosen blazer can add a touch of class to any outfit, as well as making you look on-trend.
One of the joys of the blazer is that even if you choose a casual style, it’s possible to dress it up for smarter occasions. Team with a pair of slim-fit trousers, brogues, and a shirt – if you’re particularly keen to impress you could add a tie too. The joy of blazers is that they aren’t supposed to match identically with your pants so as long as you pick colors that complement each other, it’s not a problem.
If you’re not dressing to impress, you’ll find dressing down with a blazer offers an endless choice of comfortable clothing. A round-neck T-shirt works well with blazers, but you could also opt for a polo shirt too. If the weather is cooler, blazers are a great choice to add to a sweater but you’ll need a style that doesn’t fit too tightly to avoid looking like you’ve been stuffed in!
Jeans and a blazer are a classic combination and one which won’t go out of style. However, it’s usually better to avoid light-colored blazers with jeans and stick to black, dark blue or grey blazers instead.
What are the main different styles of casual blazers?
There are countless different styles of blazer, with every designer putting their own stamp on the look. The biggest difference to look out for is whether the blazer is structured or unstructured. An unstructured blazer is softer and lacks the padding around the shoulders that you might typically expect. This provides a much more natural look and is more appropriate for when you’re looking for a casual men’s blazer.
There are many different design features which may be included in a blazer and these can determine the overall appearance and whether the blazer looks smart or casual. Pockets are a seemingly trivial detail but they can really influence the design. Many blazers have flap pockets, as you might see with a suit jacket, or sometimes a jetted pocket. These are slightly more formal and work well if you want you casual blazer to be more versatile. Patch pockets are often seen on blazers – these are great for knit blazers and for a sporty, more relaxed look as well as being practical too.
On the back, the question is to vent or not to vent? Some jackets have no rear vents – this isn’t a problem but you might find the blazer feels restrictive. A single vent in the center is one option but many fashion experts say this isn’t the most flattering choice. If you want a vented jacket, the general consensus is that two rear vents, one on either side provides more movement and fluidity, as well as making your butt look better too!
1) Nordstrom Knit Stretch Slim-Fit Casual Men’s Blazer
First on our list is a lightweight knit blazer that’s versatile enough to be worn either smart or casual. Available in two colors, it’s got two buttons and a pop-out pocket square for a classic yet modern look. The textured surface stops it from looking too formal while the slimline fit provides a neat silhouette.
With no lining, this casual men’s blazer travels well and can be worn either on a chilly summer evening as well as during the winter, slung over a sweater. Some reviewers suggested sizing down as the dimensions on this jacket are more than generous.
2) Original Penguin Lined Men’s Slim-Fit Casual Men’s Blazer
One of the big names in menswear, Original Penguin have a classy slim-fit blazer that’s casual yet slick. Made from 98% cotton it’s a high-quality item but there’s 2% spandex too, providing a little stretch. This is what makes this blazer so comfortable to wear, making it feel like it’s been tailored for your exact measurements. Cotton does wrinkle easily so it doesn’t travel as well as others but the lined interior makes it feel like a real luxury choice.
Finishing off the design is a small silver-tone penguin button fixed on the collar. Opinions are divided as to whether this is a nice touch or a bit garish. Take a look for yourself and decide…
3) DKNY Slim-Fit Daspin Casual Men’s Blazer
For a blazer that’s got a little more weight, check out this version from DKNY. Better known for their jeans, it turns out that DKNY can design a pretty decent blazer too. Made from 100% wool, it’s not a lightweight item and with the partial lining you’ll feel like you’ve invested in real quality.
A decent price for a sophisticated piece, this blazer has two buttons, back vents, and flap pockets. It’s only available in black but there’s an excellent range of sizes with both regular and long options in each.
4) Giorgio Armani Mottled Casual Men’s Blazer
Is it a sports’ coat or is it just a casual blazer? This design from Giorgio Armani delicately tiptoes the line between the two with its preppy, more relaxed fit and distinctive coloring. A gray mottled tone, this is very much a casual blazer although it’s also high-quality being made from 100% wool. There are three buttons down the front which means the neckline is higher, which combined with natural shoulders and a lack of vents creates a look which is almost like a cardigan rather than a jacket.
5) Flatseven Casual Men’s Blazer
If you want to wear a different blazer on every day of the week, Flatseven can help. This design comes in 10 different colors from black to wine and even pink-beige! As an imported design, the sizing can be a little smaller but it provides an excellent slim fit, making it ideal for those looking for a tailored silhouette.
Made from 65% rayon and 35% polyester, it doesn’t offer the high-quality cotton or wool composition of other blazers but still delivers a high-class look. A single button provides a casual finish, along with flap pockets and a notched lapel.
6) Farfetch Tagliatore Classic Casual Men’s Blazer
This Farfetch blazer just oozes quality from top to bottom, with not just the material but also the cut and design too. Made from 100% cotton in a military green tone, this blazer is lined for a touch of luxury. On the front there are two buttons which are flanked by two large pockets – unusually for a blazer, these aren’t flapped.
This provides a more casual look to the design which is accentuated by the textured surface.
7) U.S. Polo Assn Wool-Blend Casual Men’s Blazer
From plaid to red, this blazer is available in no less than 16 colors but you won’t find anything too subdued or muted here. All of the options have a little extra to their appearance whether it’s mottling, bright tones or a striking pattern. This brings this blazer much closer to being a classic sports jacket but the formal cut helps to draw a defining line.
Made from a mix of wool and polyester, this blazer is a good weight and doesn’t wrinkle too easily. Two buttons down the front, flap pockets, vents, and a notched lapel finish off the look.
8) Farfetch Andrea Ya’aqov Fitted Casual Men’s Blazer Jacket
This blazer will instantly strike you as different with a more casual appearance and relaxed fit. Although it’s described as “fitted,” this casual men’s blazer is less tailored than many others in our list. Italian-made, the blazer is a wool-cotton blend that offers a combination of warmth and lightweight.
The single button and long lapel line make it a far more casual design and will look great with a pair of chunky boots and skinny jeans. The blazer is finished with two front pockets plus a chest pocket too.
9) Ted Baker Trim-Fit Kyle Wool Casual Men’s Blazer
Exquisite tailoring from Ted Baker makes this blazer a thing of beauty, with the quality evident from just a glance. Only available in teal, the dappled coloring is one of the few details which helps to distinguish this blazer from a true suit jacket. Made from 100% pure wool for a breathable finish but if you open up your jacket, you’ll reveal a gorgeous purple lining.
We’re not quite sure how many excuses you can come up with to throw open your blazer but believe us, you’re going to want to show this lining off. Deep side vents at the back pair with generously-sized patch pockets at the front for a blazer-style that’s one of a kind.
10) Nautica Black Textured Casual Men’s Blazer
If you like your blazers to have a bit of stretch and give, this design from Nautica is worth a look. Made from a mix of polyester and rayon, it also includes 2% spandex to make it a comfortable fit. There’s a high-quality weave to this blazer which gives the surface some texture rather than a flat, shiny finish.
This casual men’s blazer is only available in black. There are two buttons down the front, flap pockets and twin vents at the back. Although this blazer is a budget buy, they haven’t skimped on quality as it’s fully-lined throughout.
11) Roar Casual Men’s Blazer
If you want a casual blazer to shrug on that’s not too smart but still offers a stylish edge, this offering from Roar fits the bill perfectly. With a single button at the front and large patch pockets, it’s a far more relaxed style. It has a looser fit so won’t provide a tailored silhouette but complements skinny or slim-fit jeans well. Only available in black, it’s not a budget buy as it’s one of the more expensive blazers on our list.
It might, therefore, be shocking to discover it’s made from 100% nylon. That means it doesn’t wrinkle easily and travels well. This is clearly something every man wants, we surely do. Whether on a business trip or maybe going back home to do a school reunion. Perhaps, you’re getting to a party from work. There are so many things this could function well for. We’re honestly not sure we can express our pleasure enough for this item of travel greatness.
12) Tommy Hilfiger Wool-blend Quilted Bib Fancy Men’s Blazer
Where to start with this Tommy Hilfiger blazer?! With such a distinctive design it’s hard to pick out the main features but to begin with, the blazer looks more like a shirt hybrid than a true jacket with four buttoned pockets in the front. Combined with a three button fastening, this blazer has a funky, almost-military look that’s far removed from a traditional style.
Made from a 56% wool blend, this blazer is extra-warm and cozy courtesy of the removable diamond-quilted bib. This attaches under the blazer to protect against the cold, as well as adding a sophisticated touch. Quite the dashing gent!
13) Diesel J-Miriko Casual Men’s Blazer
This casual men’s blazer is slightly more than some of the others on this list but it’s more than worth it as you’ll be getting two jackets in one. Yes, you read that right! A quirky and versatile design offers a fully-lined blazer that can be reversed to transform into a casual bomber jacket. No-one since Superman has made such a swift change and we have to say, we’re impressed.
The blazer is a two button classic design in black with flap front pockets and a chest pocket too. Made from cotton with 3% spandex/elastane, it’s got a bit of stretch which is very forgiving. When you’re ready to make the switch, just turn it inside out to discover the sporty casual jacket which has three useful zipped pockets plus feature studs.
14) Cole Haan Slim-Fit Casual Men’s Blazer
This beautiful-looking blazer is a slim fit, flattering every body type but there’s far more to this design than first meets the eye. Clever use of fabric plus intelligent styling means this is a very modern jacket despite its classic appearance. Below the lapels, there’s a tech opening for you to connect up your earbuds while the chest pocket offers scratch-free storage for your eyewear.
A ventilated mesh yoke and the special Coolmax™ lining help to minimize moisture and leave you cool and collected. There’s also a hidden vertical storage interior pocket for your valuables as well as angled breast pockets inside too. A lot of thought has gone into this design and we’d be happy to wear this well-priced blazer anytime!
15) Ben Sherman Weave One Button Casual Men’s Blazer
The iconic British designer has created a stylish casual men’s blazer that has a few extra touches to set it apart from the crowd. The right-hand side has double flap pockets and the lapels are slim and subtle. On the lapel, you’ll also find a Union Jack button. This is a nod to the designer’s heritage, but this is removable for those who prefer to keep things simple.
One of the most popular features of this blazer is the attractive weave texture – this means it can easily be dressed up or down. Made from 52% wool blend, fully-lined and available in navy, it’s a classic style that would suit any guy.
16) Tommy Bahama Lightweight Men’s Monterey Blazer
A great pick for the summer, this Tommy Bahama blazer has a simple and classic style, offered in Dusty Mahogany. Umm… If you’re anything like us, this description conjured up images of rich, dark brown. In actual fact, however, this jacket is a light creamy beige. If you move past the slightly peculiar color description, this is actually a pretty cool blazer. A two button front, flap pockets, and traditional style combine for this fully-lined, silk/linen blend men’s blazer.
17) DKNY Dionne Men’s Blazer
This men’s black blazer looks almost like a suit jacket at first glance but if you look closer, you’ll see the typical sportcoat features such as large patch pockets rather than flaps. This makes it a very versatile men’s blazer jacket that can be dressed up or down. A slim-fit style, this blazer will suit most men and is made from a high-quality wool blend for comfort and good looks.
18) J.Crew Herringbone Tweed Ludlow Blazer
Blazers originated back in Britain and J.Crew have channeled the spirit of the original with this design. The herringbone wool has been woven by Abraham Moon in England, widely considered to be one of the very best mills in the world. The unstructured design provides a more relaxed feel to this blazer and the tailored cut offers a slimline silhouette. A narrow notch lapel, two button fastening, and flap patch pockets complete the look.
19) Haggar Plaid Fancy Tailored-Fit Men’s Blazer
Blazers don’t have to be dark and conservative and nothing demonstrates that better than this piece of hot stuff. With a multi-plaid pattern, this Haggar blazer is bold and makes a statement, wherever you choose to wear it. Although the plaid pattern will undoubtedly grab the attention the cut is worth a mention too, providing a tailored fit and a trim silhouette. Extra details, such as the buttons on the cuff, notched lapel, and side vents complete the design.
20) U.S. Polo Assn. Portly-Cut Hopsack Casual Men’s Blazer
If you’re packing a few pounds around your middle, this jacket is made for you. A portly cut, also known as an executive cut, provides more room around your waist than a regular jacket. The idea of this is that you won’t have to size up if you’ve got a bit of a belly, just to be able to do the blazer up. If there are less than two inches between your chest and waist measurements, a portly cut is for you.
This blazer is made from 100% cotton and is navy. Fully lined, it has two buttons to fasten, flap pockets and notched lapels. Two vents at the back provide ease of movement while the cuffs feature four buttons on each.
21) Ted Baker Linen Blend Trim-Fit Blazer
Feast your eyes on another Ted Baker with this dark blue blazer for men. Fully lined, it’s described as a trim-fit but it would be fair to say that it’s closer to an extra trim-fit. The armholes are cut high, the sleeves narrow and it runs small all over. For most guys, it’s necessary to move one size up. With a chest pocket, welt front pockets and notched lapels, it’s a clean-cut design that will appeal to many.
22) Nautica Chambray Cotton Men’s Blazer
If you’re looking for a lightweight jacket to slip on during a warm Florida day, Nautica has the answer. Only partially-lined so it’s not too thick, this blazer is stylish and practical. Made from 98% cotton it will help to keep you cool while the 2% spandex offers a bit of stretch. Two rear vents make movement easier while the flap pockets, two-button fastening notched lapel provide a sophisticated look.
23) Diesel Jaclin Black Casual Men’s Blazer
Somehow Diesel always manages to find a different interpretation of every trend and they’ve managed it again here. This black men’s blazer is striking and distinctive, offering a fashion-forward take on an old classic. The 85% wool blend is of a high quality but the 11% nylon and 4% elastane provides not just a bit of stretch but also a texturing to the surface too.
A single button can be found on the front and there are no hip pockets, giving the blazer a sophisticated edge with its simplicity. On the back, there are no vents as you’d usually expect to find – instead, there’s an unusual trifold seam arrangement. We’re not exactly sure if this provides any practical benefit but it looks pretty sharp. If you’ve ever wondered what truly modern blazer looks like, Diesel has provided the answer.
24) Good Man Brand Soft Slim-Fit Casual Men’s Blazer
We’ve left a real top contender for last with the black men’s blazer from Good Man Brand. Unstructured and made from a soft cotton and wool blend, it’s very different from some of the more rigid designs. We can almost imagine just how comfy we’d feel with this one! With two front buttons and patch pockets, it’s a slim-cut design which fits snugly through the chest, sides, and armholes.
However, it’s more forgiving than many other slim-fit blazers and with its soft-knit fabric, you’ll want to wear this at every opportunity.
All buttoned up!
Phew! We’ve whistled through the full list of 24 blazers that we think are some of the best around. No man’s wardrobe should be without at least one blazer – it’s an ideal accessory that can transform an outfit instantly. Whether you prefer a sleek black blazer or a striking plaid print, there’s plenty of choice in our list above. If you’ve been unsure how to wear a blazer our top tips will help you to make sure you rock the look, whatever the occasion.