The Best Blazers Make Every Fit Stronger (2024)

Below you'll find the absolute best blazers for men on the market right now, from capital-D designer versions to fresh-vibed options from undersung menswear upstarts. It's time to blaze up, baby.

The Best All-Around Blazer: Sid Mashburn Kincaid No. 3 Jacket

Sid Mashburn

Kincaid No. 3 Jacket

We've extolled the virtues of Sid Mashburn's tailoring at length for years now, and the Atlanta haberdasher's signature Kincaid blazer is exactly why. No design flourishes or distracting aesthetic tics—it's built with the kind of sartorial details that quietly demonstrate tailoring mastery, like full canvassing, pick stitching, spalla camicia sleeves. (And the Italian fabric—mamma mia!)

The Kincaid No. 3 is slightly less structured than the other jackets in the Sid Mashburn repertoire, and that more natural-shouldered fit lends itself towards easy mixing and matching. A Kincaid No. 3 in navy English high-twist wool is the kind of does-it-all blazer that belongs in every man's closet (though Mashburn also makes it in flannel and mohair). Most importantly, its timeless design and quality construction means it'll look just as good tomorrow as it will ten years from now—and ten years from then, too.

The Best Budget Blazer: Uniqlo AirSense Jacket


AirSense Jacket

Your buddy's wedding is this weekend and the “semi-casual” dress code (what even does that mean) requires you to do more than chinos and an Oxford. Or you get the call back for that in-person job interview and…it's tomorrow. You need some respectability in blazer form. Rather than speedrun the mall and drop $300 or more on a sport coat of dubious quality and debatable future utility, do the smart thing and hit up Uniqlo. Problem solved in 20 minutes, max. The Japanese retailer's sport coat is made with a lightweight polyester that is by no means Italian-made wool, but does read as more expensive than it is. The classic—but not frumpy—silhouette and broad sizing range means you can probably avoid a tailoring rush job (though it wouldn't hurt if you've got the cash or the time). For less than $100, it's the rare quick fix you'll actually reach for again (and again) in the months that follow.

The Best Casual Blazer: Alex Mills “Mill” Blazer

Alex Mill

"Mill" Blazer

Okay, you might be thinking to yourself.I get it. I need a blazer I can wear with more than just dizzying geometric ties and pebble-grain brogues.But I’m still struggling to wrap my head around this whole “casual tailoring” thing. We hear you and we see you, friend—and that’s exactly where Alex Mill’s rough-and-tumble riff on the sport coat comes in. The Mill blazer's silhouette skews closer to a chore coat than a tux, particularly because it's cut from the same garment-dyed cotton that the brand uses to make its famous chinos. The fabric is crisp but soft, the fit is structured but not stuffy, and the Mill comes in a duo of easy-wearing colors that could become the bedrock of your casual tailoring rotation. Think of it as putting a little bit of workwear in your work wear.

The Best Travel Blazer: Bonobos Jetsetter Blazer


Jetsetter Unstructured Italian Wool Blazer

Bonobos' tailoring has always been a noble go-to pick for the office, and its best-selling Jetsetter suits and blazers show off what the brand does best: value-priced clothes with thoughtful specs and no-funny-business style. As the Jetsetter's name suggests, it's especially well-fashioned for frequent flyers who need to feel comfortable on the plane and still look presentable when the wheels touch the tarmac.

The jacket's Unstructured version—available in three fits—is our favorite of the group, since the natural shoulders and lack of lining keep things light and spry. The button sits right at the natural waist (as it should), and the 3.25" lapel is trend-proof—neither too wide nor too narrow, so the jacket should last for years. (Whether you'll still fit into the same jacket in a few years is another question.)

The Best “Technically a Sport Coat” Blazer: J.Crew Kenmare Blazer

For well over a decade, J.Crew's Ludlow suit defined—and reigned over—the affordable suiting category, and for good reason. The fabrics well-sourced (shoutout mall-brand economies of scale), the fit impeccable, the construction impressive, the price point just right. GQ editors spent an entire decade telling their suit-needing buddies to just get a Ludlow.

But as tailoring proportions gradually swung away from slim-and-snipped, the Ludlow lost some luster. Wisely J.Crew quietly introduced the Kenmare, a few seasons ago as a response. Its looser, more relaxed silhouette appeals to anyone who both needs to wear a suit and wants to wear a suit. The cut is still trends preppy enough to pair with an Oxford-cloth shirt and brogues (c'mon, this is still J.Crew we're talking about), but its less-tailored shape and ever-rotating roster of high-energy herringbones and plaids naturally lends the Kenware jacket to solo duty, paired with a faded pair of jeans and cowboy boots or a scuzzy mohair cardigan and derbies. As with the Ludlow in its heyday, the Kenmare's price-to-quality ratio is only matched by its panache.

The Best Double-Breasted Blazer: Ralph Lauren Doeskin Blazer

Polo Ralph Lauren

"Doeskin" Jacket

In the finger-wagging parlance of classic menswear, a blazer is a specific thing, defined by two distinguishing details: a solid-colored cloth, often in navy, and contrasting metal buttons, often in brass. Ralph Lauren's expertly-crafted wool blazer, as per usual, is both the platonic ideal and a subtle departure. Cut with soft shoulders and brash peak lapels, the brand's double-breasted blazer also features a lower button stance that makes for a universally flattering shape, no matter your build. It's a high-quality riff on an enduring American silhouette that'll anchor your most formal fits just as ably as it'll elevate your most casual ones. In other words, it's quintessential Ralph.

The Best Linen Blazer: Todd Snyder Sutton Jacket

Todd Snyder

Italian Linen Sutton Jacket

Todd Snyder's top-notch tailoring is like watching your favorite band play all the hits. You've got the classic starter suit, the glitzy red carpet tux, the endless variations on a sport coat, and a set list that keeps heating up. And when things are literally heating up, you'll be grateful that Todd Snyder's linen take on its stalwart Sutton is available. The breathable all-linen fabric is woven in Italy and cut into an unstructured jacket that pairs with some billowy vacation pants, jeans, shorts, or the matching pants to class up your warm-weather outfits while making sure you don't boil. It's yet another banger from Snyder.

The Best Blazer for a Big Night Out: Gucci GG Formal Jacket


GG Cotton Viscose Formal Jacket

It’s a balmy evening and you’re staring at a closet jammed haphazardly with the clothes that helped you survive winter. The Aperol’s flowing freely, Robyn’s wailing balefully about her ex on the speaker, and the air is sweaty with opportunity…to get a really big fit off. When that time comes, Gucci's got what you need: a tour de force of sexed-up tailoring doused in the brand’s signature ‘70s glamour—all somehow channeled through the comfortable, airy fabric of our lives. The pitch-black cotton canvas is covered in a tonal GG motif that’s just iridescent enough to catch the club's lighting. Those broad, roped shoulders and nipped waist give the wearer (you!) the unbridled power of a disco icon, all gyrating hips and groovy moves. Just don't leave Gucci's blazer out on the dance floor alone: this thing's crying out for flared trousers and sleek boots—and a “night's not over until the sun rises” attitude.

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Banana Republic

Signature Italian Twill Suit Jacket

J.Crew's not the only mall brand enjoying a renaissance. Banana Republic's comeback is very real, and its range of tailored jackets—often cut from top-notch fabrics sourced from pedigreed European mills—is a big part of the reason. The Signature Suit Jacket reads as a classic blazer with the usual notch lapel, flap pockets, and tailored fit—but the Italian twill brings wrinkle-resistant properties and a dash of elastane-based stretch for ease-of-movement without making you look like an influencer for an athletic brand.


Unstructured Blazer

Too many men (in our opinion) believe that black suits are best reserved for the extremes of dressing: funerals and weddings. But the right option is absolutely an every-day affair, and this take from COS is that option. The brand's Unstructured blazer is relaxed and unstructured, but still defined. It's the rare black blazer that can elevate a plain white tee without making you look like an investment-seeking tech CEO.


Double-Breasted Unstructured Cotton Blazer

Ryan Reynolds may have championed Barena's popular shirt-jackets, but the Italian label's tailoring is a head-turning proposition that can compete with the big boys of the tailoring world. Where a lot of cotton tailoring fees too relaxed or—weirdly—too uptight, Barena's double-breasted blazer walks the dividing line like a Cirque du Soleil performer on a tight rope. It's the kind of blazer you'd see on a deeply confident older dude who's just minding his own business (in first class). With some luck and this blazer, you could too.


Patch Pocket Blazer

The cult of Mfpen continues to grow as the Scandinavian brand infuses its distinct branch of minimalism with corp-core sensibilities. Who knew that officewear could look so geezer-y and so cool? This patch pocket blazer from the brand's latest collection eschews the usual navy, grey, and tan, opting for a desaturated chocolate color—an unsung tone that's quickly ascending to “staple” status. Not unlike Mfpen.

Mr P.

Garment-Dyed Stretch-Cotton Twill Blazer

In the same vein as the Alex Mill “Mill” jacket, Mr P.'s chore-coat-leaning blazer is among the most casual options on the market. The cotton-twill fabric and high button stance aren't built for a dress shirt and tie—they're here for hardy work pants, denim, or vacation-ready shorts and sandals. Ideally soaking in the sun off the coast of Italy.

Buck Mason

Italian Three-Season Wool Graduate Blazer

Buck Mason has been on a tear for the past several seasons, and still team GQ's eyes went wide when the Graduate blazer showed up. It’s difficult to enter the arena of classic navy blazers and compete against the stalwarts on the first shot, but Buck Mason swished it. The fabric is a three-season Italian wool, cut into a classic silhouette with a full-canvas construction and slick Bemberg lining. (The 3-roll-2 button front—get your terminology down here—and soft shoulder will impress any Ivy style obsessives.) Oh, and it comes with matching trousers, too, if you want the full fit. Trust us, you do.

Thom Browne

Classic Sport Blazer

Thom Browne's obsessive iteration on the gray suit has earned him legions of fans and unending praise from the fashion industry. The shrunken silhouette made waves in the 2000s when Browne first launched his label— and 20 years later remains fresh and singular, unaffected by fashion's shifting tides. It's a testament to what makes a jacket like this worth the money: you'll always stand out, but never look like a trend-hopping sucker.

Paul Smith

The Kensington Slim-Fit Velvet Two-Button Blazer

Paul Smith’s royal accolades aren’t just fluff. The iconic British designer honed his tailoring skills on Savile Row, and it shows. If you’re headed to a formal event,but a tuxedo seems aggressive, this velvet single-breasted blazer will look fabulous in a full red-carpet-worthy get-up—yet can easily transition into less glamorous situations. The Kensington jacket is slim but not skinny, and would look just as smashing with a starched dress shirt and proper trousers as it would a graphic tee and vintage Levi’s 501 jeans.

Saman Amel

Slim-Fit Silk and Cashmere-Blend Blazer

Saman Amel's elite-level tailoring boasts generous lapels, easy (but not limp) shoulders, and hand-finished details throughout. The cashmere is stunning. This is what quiet luxury actually looks like: impeccable, top-notch, flawlessly crafted, but not at all boring.

All the Questions You Have About Blazers, Answered

Wait, what's the difference between a blazer, a sport coat, and a suit jacket?

Glad you asked. If you posed the question above to five different people, you'd get six definitions—none of them all that helpful. The terms tend to be used interchangeably—though, as the most knowledgeable and/or pedantic menswear obsessives will point out, that's not technically the case. Here's the historical breakdown.

The Best Blazers Make Every Fit Stronger (2024)


What is the perfect fit for a blazer? ›

Understanding Blazer Fit

Shoulders: The seam should sit right where your shoulder ends. Too wide, and the blazer will look oversized; too narrow, and it will be uncomfortable. Sleeves: Sleeves should end just at the wrist bone.

What blazers are best for slimming? ›

Cropped blazers are the perfect match for high-waisted jeans or pants because they highlight the waist, and looser, oversized blazers can flatter you just as fabulously. Fitted blazers are ideal if you're looking to create an hourglass shape, and a blazer dress is the ultimate option for a bold fashionista!

What makes a good blazer? ›

Blazers should fit in much the same ways as suit jackets or sports coats should. Shoulders should not over-extend by more than half an inch; they should allow a full range of arm motion. There should be enough give in the chest to allow you to button the jacket.

How are blazers supposed to fit a woman? ›

A workplace blazer should fit the frame snugly, pulling in slightly at the waist and hitting the wrist bone. Avoid bold printed jackets in favour of rich textures. For a fresh, feminine and professional look, layer a made-to-measure cashmere blazer over a knee length pencil skirt in a subtle print.

How can you tell if a blazer is good quality? ›

There are a few things to look for when trying to determine the quality of a blazer. The fabric should be of good quality, and it should be made to stand up to wear and tear. The fit should be comfortable, and the blazer should not be too tight or too loose.

How do you make a perfect blazer? ›

Sew up your jacket in a muslin fabric that's similar in weight to your final garment. Test how it fits over the clothes you intend to wear underneath; also check the length of both the jacket and sleeves, and make sure the circumference at the bust, waist and hip feel good.

What is the most flattering blazer length? ›

Length: The bottom of the blazer should hit just above your hips; or, a long blazer can be slightly extended, creating a flattering shape. Arm Length: The sleeves should reach your wrist without being too long or too short; add some arm candy, and you're good to go.

Which blazer goes with everything? ›

Navy is typically a failsafe option, because the colour is incredibly versatile and will complement a range of denim shades. Grey is also a great choice, thanks to the fact that there are so many different hues to choose from. If you want to go for a more classic look, tweed can also look great with denim.

Should blazer be tight or loose? ›

A blazer with the right girth will probably just feel right—not too loose, not too tight. As a visual check, button the blazer up completely and observe the fabric surrounding the buttons. If you notice folds naturally occurring in the fabric (usually in the shape of an "X"), the blazer is too tight.

What color blazer goes with jeans? ›

When considering how to wear a blazer with jeans, always think of your blazer as the statement piece. Navy, charcoal, and earthy tones work wonders for most occasions. Remember—while a brighter colored blazer can pop, it requires more finesse to pair seamlessly with jeans.

What is the best color for a blazer? ›

Think Versatility

Neutral colours such as navy, grey and black are timeless and pair well with a variety of colours and patterns. If you already have a navy blazer, you can consider a lighter colour like beige or tan for a more casual look.

What's best to wear under a blazer? ›

Button-down shirts are the most classic underpinnings for blazers. But sometimes you want to try a fashion-forward spin on the look. To switch things up, choose a button-down in a fun animal print, like the Tatum top in Sahara.

When should a woman wear a blazer? ›

A blazer can help transition an outfit from day to night, making it a great option for women who have busy schedules and need to change quickly between different activities. It can help to dress up a casual daytime outfit, making it suitable for a more formal evening event.

How do I choose a blazer for my body type? ›

Pay attention to the shoulders

If you have broad shoulders, go for blazers that are less structured in the shoulders, or one without a collar. If you have smaller or narrower shoulders, but larger hips, try a more structured piece – or even shoulder pads that will complement your body shape.

Should I buy a blazer one size bigger? ›

It's generally recommended to try on blazers in different sizes to determine which one fits you best. If the blazer feels too tight or restrictive in your usual size, or if you prefer a looser or more relaxed fit, you may want to consider sizing up.

What is the ideal size for blazer? ›

Sizing: Tips for Finding the Perfect Fit

Measure your chest. Your chest measurement should be taken from the widest part of your chest, just below your arm pits. Choose a blazer size that is closest to your chest measurement. If you are between sizes, select the larger size.

How to tell if a blazer is too big? ›

When you're trying on a blazer, the shoulder pads should sit directly on your shoulders and lie flat. If they're hiked up or they sag, try a different size. Another indicator of good fit is that the seam where your blazer front meets the sleeve should align precisely with where your torso meets your arm.

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