In A Hurry? These 3 are the best blazers for men in 2020:
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 before buying a blazer, answer common questions men had when looking for a blazer, and give you a few style options that you can wear immediately with your new blazer.
Let’s get right to it:
What to Know When Buying A Blazer
There are a few critical things to keep in mind when you’re looking for a blazer. Not all blazers are created equal – the one you wear to a business meeting may be very different than the one you wear on casual Friday. Fit, color, and style play a huge part in how and where you wear a blazer.
When researching and reviewing blazers, we identified seven key factors that you should keep in mind as you make your purchase.
There are two broad factors you should think about as you read below.
- Ask yourself what style you’re looking for and find a blazer to match.
- Don’t worry too much about labels or brands. No one is going to be asking to peek inside your jacket to take a look at the tag. Yes, some brands are higher quality than others, but you’ll only know how something looks once you try it on.
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 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 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 a 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, are 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.
The Best Blazers for Men of 2020 Reviewed
1. 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 their “performance fabric” menswear, especially their shirts (learn more about Mizzen+Main here in our in-depth review). Classic styling combined with moisture wicking fabrics make 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
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2. Best Casual Blazer: Cole Haan Slim Fit Blazer
Cole Haan made their name on gorgeous men’s dress shoes and have since branched out to a variety of different men’s wear accessories. One of their best contribution to the fashion-scape thus far, however, is their great blazers.
The best casual blazer will give you lots of color options, and the Cole Haan Slim Fit blazer delivers. One of the most extensive selections we found during our research allows you to go classic with a blue, black, or grey or take a modern twist with a check navy tonal. Whichever way you go, the color and style of the Cole Haan blazer adds a versatile piece to your wardrobe.
Made from 98% wool and 2% spandex means that these blazers are incredibly breathable, providing just that extra bit of stretch for comfort. The wool, meanwhile, delivers a structured, well-proportioned blazer. Cole Haan prices this blazer well, between $150 and $425 depending on color and size, when compared to other designers’ blazers. They are available in slim fit only, but Cole Haan offers the most extensive selection of sizes we’ve seen, meaning that even larger men will find a fit that works for them.
There are a few design details that make these blazers standout. All of the colors offer a two-button blazer, but some featured more muted styles, allowing the fabric to stand out. Two traditional flap side pockets and a breast pocket elevate the refined level of the blazer. There are no customization options, but a zip inside pockets is a great addition.
- Lots of sizes and colors
- Zip inside pocket
- Slim fit only
- No custom options, despite color choice
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3. Most Affordable (Cheap): Topman Classic Fit Blazer
If the hit to your wallet is top of mind, consider the Topman Classic Fit blazer. Made from 83% polyester and 17% cotton, this casual looking piece is excellent for long days at the office or evenings out. Don’t discount the high percentage of polyester in this blazer. The material is significantly better than it was years ago, and the look, durability, and lower price, make up for any differences.
There is a limited color selection, and our research found that different product listings had different color options, so you’ll have to do a bit of searching.
The upshot is that the Topman is a no-frills, simple, and affordable, yet still stylish option. The design and details are limited – a simple single-button closure, notched lapel, and modern cut pockets are what you get – and fit is limited to classic (34R – 48R). The limitations on size mean it’s not tailored at all, so that it may appear a bit larger. If you’re a smaller gent, you may want to consider a different piece.
The style and fabric choice with the Topman makes it more of a casual office or weekend romping blazer, not for formal events.
- The price is right
- Versatile fabric
- Modern look
- Only offered in a Classic cut
- Difficult to find
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4. Best Unstructured Blazer: Bonobos Italian Wool Blazer For Men
Italian wool. 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
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5. Best for Prom or Weddings: Topman Velvet Skinny Fit Blazer
Are you looking to turn heads and look sharp? Then look no further than the Topman Velvet Skinny Fit blazer. A velvet blazer in itself sends the message that “I’m ready to rock,” and the colors available – green, red, and yellow – amplify that message to 11. Made from 75% polyester and 25% viscose, this velvet beauty doesn’t have a ton of stretch so might inhibit your dance moves during vigorous dancing.
The low price – just $150 – make it perfect for the man who wants to make a statement in the limited number of places you could wear it.
It comes with a traditional tuxedo look with flap pockets, matching buttons and a shawl lapel. It’ll pair beautifully with a black pair of dress slacks or tuxedo pants and a bow tie. This skinny fit blazer is exactly that and is available between 34 and 46 regular sizes.
- Low price
- Slim fit
- Can’t be worn often
- No stretch
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6. 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
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7. Lightweight / Summer: Taylor Stitch Everyday Blazer For Men
If you’ve got to get a bit dressed up in the summertime or for a warmer client, the last thing you want to do is grab your winter blazer. It’s going to be hot and uncomfortable. The Taylor Stitch Everyday blazer is the perfect piece to grab when the mercury heads up or to grab as you head out the door to class up your look.
100% wool, with some claimed natural stretch, means it’s lightweight with plenty of ventilation for summer wear. It’s also made wrinkle-resistant, meaning it’s the perfect blazer for travel.
More of a business casual or casual blazer rather than something you’d wear to a big meeting, the unstructured body and flap pockets stride that line well. The tortoise buttons also make a subtle statement about your style.
A tailored fit, available in sizes between 36-46 at $350 makes the Huckberry Everyday blazer a great option.
- Excellent ventilation
- Attractive features
- Only available in blue
- Moderately high price
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How To Wear A Blazer
Whether you’re buying your first blazer or your 100th, there are a few tried and true strategies to wearing your blazer properly.
1. Bring to A Trusted Tailor
A blazer should always compliment your body structure, and a trusted tailor can make this happen almost every time. When you’re shopping, be sure you get something that’s your size and the fit you want to convey. Remember, very few men can wear a blazer directly off the rack. A tailor will help you get that blazer closer to the perfect look for you. It does seem a bit antithetical to pay for clothes to have them altered, but the small investment you’ll make with a tailor will be well worth it. They can generally take a cheap blazer and make it look like a premium brand with just a few small cuts and stitches.
2. Blazer + Button Down + Jeans + Boots
This combo is a great business casual look for a whole host of different settings, from meetings with colleagues to the barroom afterward. Make sure you pair it with darker jeans, which present a more refined look. If you want to up the sophistication a bit, consider pairing with chukka or Chelsea boots.
3. Blazer + Shirt + Chinos
An absolute standby for men everywhere, this combo offers a smart casual look that still has you appearing put together. For a bit of flair, consider pairing this look with a nice pair of leather or canvas shoes.
4. Mix Up Your Blazers
Blazers are a great and sophisticated way to express your sense of style, so don’t be afraid to mix them up and try new things. With just a few in your wardrobe, you can rotate through them regularly, mixing and matching styles as you go. Moreover, owning a few of them will ensure they don’t look over worn or get shabby too quickly.
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.
Blazer vs. Suit Jacket vs. Sport Coat
“What do I need a blazer for? I’ve got a suit coat,” you may ask. They’re different, and while you may not notice the difference, when you wear each piece as intended, it elevates your look.
Suit jackets are highly structured and meant to be paired with a matching pair of pants cut from the same piece of fabric. Best for formal or business events, suit jackets are not intended to be worn on their own. Suit jackets are always lined and have a defined structure. They will often have shoulder pads that, at the very least, square off a man’s arm. They come in a variety of colors and styles and are generally purchased together with pants.
Blazers are the bridge between suit jackets and sport coats. They tend to be thinner fabric, regardless of their material, but still have a quality feel. They’re designed to be worn in an office setting and don’t generally have an aggressive design flare. Blazers run the gambit – they can be highly structured like a suite jacket or very free flowing, more like a sport coat. As you’ve seen above, you can pair a blazer with just about anything.
On the opposite side is the sports coat, which is typically unstructured and may have more design detail like accented pocket flaps (or no flaps at all) and a mix of materials to provide texture. They’re designed to pair well with different bottoms like denim or chinos. They also accommodate layering.
How We Chose the Best Blazers For Men
As blazers have become more popular, selecting the best blazers for men of 2020 proved to be fairly difficult. What we found is a wealth of options from the very conservative to the very loud – velvet blazers! We looked at a variety of different features, including:
- Style / color options
- Design details
All in all, we aimed to have a well-rounded list that would work for any man attending any event, and we think we’ve achieved that here.