An instant way to class up any look is to add a blazer. Wearing a button-down and some khakis but have a client coming in for lunch at a moment’s notice? Throw on a blazer. Have a last-minute date, and you’re stuck wearing what you’ve got, a pair of jeans and a nice t-shirt? You guessed it…blazer.
The key to making the blazer work is the cut, fit, design, and color that best matches the look for which you’re shooting.
In this comprehensive guide, we not only review some of the best blazers for any body type (tall, short, big, small, or average), but we also go over important considerations to take into account when buying a blazer.
The Best Blazers for Men Reviewed
1. Best Overall: Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Two-Button Stretch Blazer
There is no matching the Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Two-Button Stretch Blazer when it comes to finding a classic blazer. Available in Navy (although they have other blazer colors and fits on their site), it is a versatile blazer that can be easily dressed up or down. Here are a few details that we really liked about this jacket:
- Constructed from quality wool with a touch of stretch
This blazer is constructed from a summer, lightweight wool that was woven in Italy. The naturally lighter fabric can be worn for 3 months out of the year and is perfect to wear to meetings all year round.
One feature that we think you will really like about this blazer, especially when compared to others reviewed, is that it contains just a touch of elastane/spandex. This little bit of extra give will increase your range of movement – great if you lead an active lifestyle.
- Little details throughout the blazer are nice touches
What we particularly liked about this blazer were the small details found throughout the jacket. When giving this blazer a close look, you will find a subtle pick stitch along the seams, along with brass buttons that don the Brooks Brothers sheep.
Above the right hip, there is a ticket pocket, which harkens back to the day when men used these to store coins while riding horseback, and in later years, to store tickets when riding railroads (source).
- The Regent fit is a timeless cut that works for most men
When browsing blazers over at Brooks Brothers, it’s important to know the lingo before you make a purchase. The Regent fit (pictured above) is essentially a tailored fit cut. Other cuts found in their blazers include Milano (slim fit) and Madison (classic cut).
Other Important Features
- Available in chest sizes 38 to 48
- Regular and Short lengths are available
- Back of the blazer has side vents
- Men report that it does run a bit bigger
- Classic navy blazer with unmatched versatility
- Lightweight wool can be worn for 3 seasons
- Small details throughout are a nice touch
- Would have liked to see a few more color options
What You Need To Know
2. Best Unstructured Blazer: Bonobos Italian Wool Blazer For Men
Italian wool. You can’t beat it for a great look, and the Bonobos Italian Wool blazer delivers. This sharp, unstructured blazer is available in 19 different colors and patterns and slim, athletic, or standard fits, dependent on color. The unlined interior lends itself to an unstructured, modern look, while the flap pockets and notched lapel mean it can still be dressed up.
You’re paying for a modern take on the blazer here, and the price tends to be a bit higher, at $450. But, with timeless patterns and styles that won’t go out of style and the versatility of the fabric itself, you’ll be making an investment.
Bonobos accommodates all sizes of men as well, offering sizes from 36 to 46 and short, regular, and long lengths. All things considered, this is the best unstructured blazer we’ve found out there.
- Wide selection of colors and patterns
- Variety of sizes and cuts
- Unstructured, yet refined
- High price
- No stretch
What You Need To Know
3. Best for Work: Mizzen+Main Lavelle Blazer For Men
The best work blazer should combine a clean, professional look with comfort that allows you to get through the day feeling good. That’s what you’re getting with the Mizzen+Main Lavelle blazer. The company is known for its “performance fabric” menswear, especially its shirts. Classic styling combined with moisture-wicking fabrics makes for a great dress shirt.
We’re not surprised that they make a great blazer as well. The navy blue color means it’s incredibly versatile. Throw it on at the beginning of the day for a dressed-up look and throw it on over what you’re already wearing to snazz up anything.
Made from a 96% wool, 4% polyester blend, the Lavelle combines the classic look of a wool blazer with the all-day comfort that polyester provides. You can feel professional and comfortable in those long meetings. The notched lapel paired with the two open side pockets makes for a blazer that straddles the casual-dressed line well.
At $350, the Lavelle is in the moderately high range. It also only comes in trim fit, sizes 38-48. If you’re a larger man and you’re comfortable in a tighter-fitting blazer, this could work for you. It’s also dry clean only, and there are no customization options available.
- Dressed and refined while remaining casual
- Comfortable materials
- Well-priced for the quality
- Dry clean only
- Trim fit only
What You Need To Know
4. Wrinkle-Resistant: Untuckit Wrinkle-Resistant Palazzo Sport Coat
The Palazzo Sport Coat by Untuckit is an instant style upgrade to any wardrobe. With a 100% wool exterior, the blazer will look great when worn for that extra touch of sophistication during the weekends, when visiting family and friends for a holiday, or simply to the office. The weave of the wool provides some built-in durability, so the jacket should retain both the structure and a wrinkle-resistant appearance.
Available in sizes 36 to 48 and in short or regular lengths, most men should have no problem sliding into one. Consider pairing this with one of the Untuckit dress shirts to complete the look.
5. Lightweight for Summer: Grayers Aventura Washed Linen Blazer
Derived from flax plants, linen is a naturally airy fabric that is well-suited for summer wear. The Aventura Blazer by Grayers is a top contender for those who want to look dapper without breaking a sweat. Consider wearing the Aventura Blazer to the horse track, family reunion, or backyard wedding. We suggest that you pair the blazer with denim or chinos, given linen’s slightly more casual appearance.
This summer-focused blazer features a vent back opening, a chambray lining, and three-button closure. Unfortunately, sizes are limited and may require an additional trip to the tailor.
6. Best for Travel: Bluffworks Gramercy Blazer
When considering a travel blazer, the fabric is everything. While wool is the traditional choice for many, synthetic fabrics are a must when traveling. Synthetic fabrics are durable, lightweight, and, most importantly, wrinkle-resistant. Therefore, when you arrive at your destination, you don’t have to worry about how your jacket will look.
Whether traveling locally or going to Europe for a business meeting, the Gramercy Blazer should be what you reach for first.
The Gramercy Blazer is 100% polyester, machine-washable, features ventilation throughout, has a staggering ten pockets (seven of them are interior for security), and features a classic notch lapel.
The addition of security pockets ensures that you can always have your passport, cash, and more with you at all times.
Size options are best-in-class and are available in short, long, and regular lengths.
7. Custom Made: Indochino Hemsworth Navy Blazer For Men
Historically, custom-made blazers were exclusively available to those who could pay a tailor to make one for them. Indochino has redefined what it means to be custom-made, using the beauty of the internet to allow everyone to make a blazer that is perfectly styled to them.
Only the navy is pictured above, but the Indochino Hemsworth blazer is available in a veritable ton of different colors and styles. By far, Indochino provides the widest variety. The 100% wool construction means that there’s no stretch in this piece but plenty of breathability.
You can customize everything here, including shoulder type, lapel, chest pocket, button colors and numbers, vents, and more. You can even monogram the blazer so you won’t misplace it at those long, boozy wedding receptions.
Simply put, you can get the exact blazer you want.
“But I don’t know what I want?” you may ask. Fair point. Indochino provides recommendations based on how you’ll wear the blazer, preferred cut, and size, so you don’t have to be a fashion expert to figure out what works best for you.
The blazers are cut precisely to your measurements, so there’s no wrestling through racks to try to find a short or tall version. The versatility of the blazer depends on your style choices. If you’re looking for something that you can wear to both the office and out at night, stay away from the wild colors. Given all that, you’d think the price would be steep, but at $279, it’s surprisingly affordable to get a custom-made blazer.
Because everything is custom made here, the shipping time will be long, often 2-3 weeks. Additionally, the return policy is not generous – unless there’s something wrong with the piece itself, you won’t be getting a refund. Indochino does, however, offer free alterations at one of their showrooms or reimbursement for local tailoring.
- 100% customizable
- Affordable, given customizable options
- Widest selection
- Long shipping time
- Virtually no returns
What You Need To Know
How to Choose a Blazer
Possibly the most essential aspect of a great blazer, the fit is the great equalizer of all other attributes, including price. A well-fitting blazer on the cheaper end of the spectrum will always look better than an ill-fitting pricey one. When you’re thinking about the fit of your blazer, consider your body. There’s no right or wrong type but getting something that matches you is best. If you’re a larger gent, slim may not be the best fit for you.
Slim fit blazers and suits have come into fashion in the last few years, and for a good reason. Slim blazers are for all types of men. The slim means that it’s cut very narrow against the body. A slimmer man tends to look a bit better in a slim-cut blazer, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule.
A well-made slim blazer can transition seamlessly from the boardroom to the bar and can class up any outfit you’ve got on. Slim fits are perfect with anything from cut-up jeans to suit pants.
Do make sure, however, that the clothing you wear under a slim blazer is equally slim. A larger cut shirt will look odd under a slim-cut blazer.
Not quite as tight as a slim fit but not quite as large as a regular, a tailored or fitted blazer is designed to give you a bit more breathing room and make you look a bit more formal. Truly a piece of clothing for any occasion, a tailored or fitting blazer can be worn with anything.
Don’t get thrown off by the term tailored – we don’t mean it’s a custom blazer. Tailored should be viewed as a fit. You can get a great tailored or fitted blazer straight off the rack.
What your forefathers wore, a regular fit blazer is slightly larger and pairs well with a pair of dress slacks or khakis. A regular fit blazer isn’t likely something you’ll wear with a t-shirt or a more casual button-up.
Here, we’re looking to pair it with a more generously cut shirt as well.
Athletic cut blazers have been around for a long time but were relegated to big and tall stores. Moreover, men with thinner frames or shorter statutes but with a robust physique had a hard time finding a blazer that would fit.
Athletic cut blazers allow for more space in the arms and chest to accommodate muscle. You might be right for an athletic cut blazer if your chest is significantly wider than your stomach area or if your arms are larger than the average sleeve. Several retailers offer athletic fit suits, and the internet has only made finding these jackets easier.
Color is highly personal, and you better believe that companies have realized that fact. You can get a high-quality blazer in a stunning array of colors, from plaid to yellow, black to white.
While color is a personal affair, you likely want to stick with your standards for everyday wear. Here, we’re talking about your standard navy or black.
A navy blazer goes with a variety of different outfits, from jeans and t-shirts to khakis and a button-up. It’s the perfect color to throw on for that last-minute client lunch.
Black blazers tend to be a bit more casual. They can still pair with pants and shirts for a more refined look, but a black blazer and jeans downright look great.
Material is one of the most important aspects of any blazer. Climate, use, and look are all essential parts of what material you choose.
A natural fiber, wool is also one of the warmest. Wool tends to feature the largest stitch because the material itself is naturally more substantial. It also tends to be one of the most prolific in men’s fashion – if a specific blazer doesn’t say what it’s made of on the tag, you can bet it’s made from a wool or wool blend.
A blazer made from wool tends to be slightly dressier and will be best warm in cooler temperatures. The material, however, can be worn on almost any occasion.
Many blazers made of wool will also reference an S number (source). This refers to how fine the wool has been twisted during the spinning process. Generally speaking, the higher the S Number, the finer the diameter of the wool – making the blazer well suited for formal or warmer occasions.
Opposite of that, the lower the S Number, the thicker the wool is, and the intent for the blazer will be more for colder months.
On the other end of the spectrum, linen is viewed as a slightly less fancy material and much cooler. The breathability that comes along with linen also makes it a somewhat less durable fabric. It tends to be thinner, and many linen blazers may not even be lined.
Linen suits are popular in warmer weather and can be viewed in some societies and locations as a dressed-up material. Generally, however, linen blazers are more casual and can be a great addition to a bar-going outfit.
Generally, cotton blazers are made without shoulder pads or lining, which you’d think would be a casual look. Pairing it with a nice pair of pants and a shirt, however, you can make a cotton blazer look great.
Best of all, cotton is one of the most durable fabrics you can find and wears very well under all types of conditions.
When you think of tweed, you may be thinking of a British aristocrat. Well, you’d be right. The word comes from the Scottish word ‘tweel’ referring to the rough, unfinished wool that is traditionally made in the Highlands (source). Nowadays, the term tweed refers to that “homespun” look. A larger weave may contain a different pattern, i.e., herringbone or a twill.
Tweed is attractive with almost any outfit and has a very refined look, especially when paired with a tie and khakis or chinos. On the warmer end, you’ll want to keep your tweed-wearing to cooler months and climates.
The all-important question for anyone is price. What can you expect to pay for a blazer? The answer is that the amount varies wildly based on fabric and, ultimately, brand. You can get a decent blazer for as low as $100 and as high, or more than $1,000. Luxury brands like Tom Ford will have blazers at a much higher price than something you’d find at Men’s Wearhouse.
Price is an important area to think about for most everyone. However, think about the other factors first, then find a blazer that meets your budget but meets a quality standard.
5. Design & Details
The details of a blazer are as important as the cut, color, and material because they send an important message. A blazer that has no buttons, for example, is inherently more casual than one that has them.
Want an even more casual look? Consider investing in an unstructured blazer. As the world makes the slow shift from formal wear to more casual clothes, unstructured blazers send a message that you’re comfortable but also stylish.
Pockets are a practical but small way to show a bit of flare. The front pocket of a blazer can be used for a bit of color and panache. Side pockets tend to dress up a blazer a bit, and interior pockets are essential to keep your valuables.
Other customizations, like lapels and back vents, are completely up to you and allow you to make your look truly yours.
It’s probably clear by now that a good blazer can be one of the most versatile items in your closet. You can wear one with dress pants and a button-down, all the way down to denim, t-shirts, and sneakers.
One call out, however, is chinos. Pairing a blazer with chinos can instantly take a look from respectable to refined.
The six factors above matter a great deal. Brands don’t. Having an attractive, well-fitting blazer is always going to be better than an ill-fitting one. After all, no one asks to see the inside of your blazer to check your labels.
That said, some brands are more well-known than others. Brioni, for example, is famous for its suede blazers. They’re exceptionally well made, very attractive and, accordingly, cost nearly $8,000.
What size blazer should I buy?
Follow the recommended measurements of the company from which you are purchasing. One company’s definition of “slim” or “tailored” may be entirely different from another.
Most companies will provide guidelines for chest, shoulder, and arm measurements. If you are a larger or athletic man and the company you’re purchasing from does not have an athletic or more significant cut, it’s best practice to go up a size.
What color blazers should I own?
Start small and conservative. A navy blue blazer is extremely versatile and is a classic look. You virtually can’t wear it incorrectly. Once you’re comfortable, build from there. A great second or third option includes tweed and patterned styles. If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to ask someone’s opinion.
Where is the best place to buy a blazer?
Online fashion retailers like Nordstrom are great picks as they offer quicker shipping than most while also providing competitive prices. They do not, however, tend to offer many custom options. Buying direct from companies is also a great option and may allow for a wider variety of sizes, cuts, and colors. If you need something completely custom, think about a website like Indochino.
Can you wear a blazer with jeans?
Absolutely, but make sure that the jeans aren’t overworn, have holes, etc. They should be presentable and look crisp. To liven up a pair of jeans, toss them in the dryer or run a quick iron over them.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.