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Jackets: You know what a suit is, right? Suit jackets are the part of the kit you don’t put your legs through. They’re also the most formal of the tailored options here, and the hardest to wear as separates for that reason.

Have you caught the jargon? Let’s go shopping. Below, you’ll find the absolute best men’s blazers on the market right now, from big D designer versions courtesy of the biggest names in the business to painfully hip options from smaller, but no less beloved, menswear upstarts. [Inserts Canadian maple leaf emoji] It’s time to flare up, baby.

The best all-around blazer

Sid Mashburn “Kincaid No. 2” Jacket

We have extolled the virtues of Sid Mashburn’s Tailoring in length before, so we might as well make it official: the Atlanta haberdasher’s signature Kincaid blazer is one of the best on the market. The brand’s hop bag No. 2 jacket is a perennial GQ favorite for a few reasons. Visually, there isn’t much in the way of splashy design flourishes or distracting aesthetic tricks. Instead, it comes equipped with the type sartorial details— full canvassing, seam stitching, spalla camicia sleeves — hardcore menswear enthusiasts are going nuts over it, making its sub-$1,000 price feel like a bona fide bargain. (And that’s not even getting into the fabric’s Italian origins!) It’s also a little less structured than the other jackets in the brand’s repertoire, so it naturally lends itself to easy mixing and matching – e.g. layered over a fuzzy Shetland sweater or paired. with a striped Oxford fabric shirt and a rope tie. Most importantly, its timeless design and quality construction mean it will look as good tomorrow as it will in ten years – and ten years from now.

The best blazer for fall

Alex Mill robust velvet blazer

No substance screams quite like the unbridled enthusiasm of the pumpkin spice kit corduroy pants. And no piece of outerwear lends itself more organically to the type of layering the season calls for than a heavy blazer. (See where we’re going here?) Combine the two and you’re left with a go-to fall style hack, which brings us to Alex Mill’s solid velvet jacket. Pre-washed for extra comfort and then garment-dyed for that slightly toasted colour, it’s more stunning than any foliage you’ll come across mindlessly scrolling through the ‘gram – much less the game. Try wearing it with one of the brands striped shirts in class and a scuzzy tie, or over fine-gauge cardigan and a beefy T-shirt. Think of it as a seasonal purchase you don’t need to justify, but one that will help you look exponentially more put together anyway.

The best budget blazer

Uniqlo wool blend jacket

You are in a pinch. You have a wedding coming up, and luckily dress code is quite loose – but not like hoodie and jeans slack. When you’re short on time and have approximately zero friends willing to lend you a suit, you could Spend a ton of money on a sports coat you only wear once or twice, especially if it doesn’t quite fit. Or you can just waltz over to the Uniqlo closet and get rid of the headache in about twenty minutes, max. Cut from a herringbone-wool blend that looks a lot more expensive than it is, the Japanese retailer’s sport coat comes in a classic fit that doesn’t look bulky, a useful treat you’ll appreciate when you don’t have time to hit the tailor. And at just $130, it’s by far the best deal on this list—and that’s saying something.

No-Brainer Blazer

J.Crew Kenmare suit in English wool

For well over a decade, J.Crew’s Ludlow suit held down the affordable suiting throne, a high-quality, accessible riff on the type of sleek tailoring sent down the runway by the brand’s designer counterparts. For much of the 2010s, Ludlow reigned supreme; if you wanted an affordable suit, cut it GQ way you knew exactly where to get it. But as the tailoring proportions gradually swung in the opposite direction, Ludlow lost a bit of its luster. So earlier this year, J.Crew quietly introduced the Kenmare, a looser and altogether more casual silhouette designed to appeal to guys who want to wear a suit for the sheer thrill of it—not because their 9 to 5 demands it. The cut is still classic enough to sync with an oxford cloth shirt and brogues, but its relaxed vibe naturally lends itself to being worn as a separate, with a pair of faded jeans and cowboy boots, or a scuzzy mohair cardigan and derbies. And for the price, there are few other options made with the same quality or panache.

The ultimate skate-ready blazer

Noah coat in cotton twill

A strange thing happened over the past few years: a handful of the most influential brands in the streetwear universe started making suits. Good suits. Large them even. Noah’s gently tailored sack jacket falls firmly into the latter camp, a testament to how meaningless the gnomish “streetwear” moniker has become. Is a graphic t-shirt streetwear? A hoodie? How about an Italian-made notch lapel blazer cut soft and slightly oversized like the archetypal American suit that inspired it? This is a blazer that is meant to be paired with cropped jeans and loafers– and your shiniest chinos and roughest Vans. If you dig your tailoring injected with a healthy dose of irreverent downtown spunk, this is the jacket for you.

The best double breasted blazer

Polo Ralph Lauren “Doeskin” jacket

In the finger-wagging parlance of classic menswear, a blazer is typically defined by two distinctive details: a plain cloth, often in navy blue, and contrasting metal buttons, often in brass. Ralph Lauren’s expertly crafted wool jacket checks both boxes, of course, but that’s where its adherence to convention ends. Cut with soft shoulders and brash peak lapels, the label’s double-breasted blazer also features a lower button position for a universally flattering shape, whatever your build. It’s a high-quality riff on an enduring American silhouette that will anchor your most formal suits as skillfully as it will elevate your most casual: in other words, it’s the epitome of Ralph.

The best “It’s Actually A Sport Coat” blazer

Todd Snyder Italian houndstooth “Madison” suit

If the Ralph Lauren blazer above represents ne plus ultra of shape, Todd Snyder’s is the epitome of the sports coat at its best – a patterned jacket specially designed for solo wear. Coming from Italy’s Subalpino mill and made in Canada, this is the type of layer you should throw on with abandon this fall – over a lightweight knit and faded jeans on the weekend or one button-down and crisply pleated mid-week khakis. At just under 600 bucks, it’s the rare value proposition that’s actually worth every cent.

The best blazer for WFH Life

Homme Plissé Issey Miyake technical pleated suit

What more is there to say about Issey Miyake’s signature pleated set that hasn’t already been said – in glowing, superlative form – on this very site? In february, we called the brand’s instantly identifiable pleated jersey “as bouncy and wrinkle-free as your toughest Carhartt gear, but also more graceful and effortlessly polished than a Charlie Parker solo.” At the peak of the pandemic, we praised the brand’s pants for their comfort and endless versatility, to say nothing of their ability to make everything else you’re wearing look a little more considered. In blazer form, it’s a sentiment that rings doubly true. With plans to return to the office still in flux, this is the jacket to reach for when going through the same Zoom meetings with the exact same people starts to feel absurdly boring. Little did we know that WFH salvation would arrive in the form of an impossibly light polyester layer, but we’re sure glad it did.

Plus 15 more blazers we love

Engineered Garments Bedford jacket

Engineered Garments’ vision of reworked Americana tends to be far more interesting than the source material itself. The brand’s beefy herringbone jacket may be made in the US, but its tailored proportions and utilitarian bent reflect a distinctly Japanese sensibility.

Spier & Mackay VBC Neo Cut Sportcoat

Spier & Mackay’s bespoke range offers great value for money. We’ve got bougie fabric from the venerable Vitalis Barbaris Canonico mill, half-canvas construction, stitched-stitch details and an unpadded shoulder that would make any Italian tailor do double-takes.

Todd Snyder cashmere Sutton suit

Bundle up for winter without looking like an overinflated tire.

Husband’s Paris peak-lapel pinstripe wool-blend suit

Husbands’ particular brand of Parisian cool is a truly global affair. The brand’s pinstripe jacket is cut in Naples from a luxurious wool twill and features peaked lapels, complete with stitching, full canvas construction and a dreamy 70s-style silhouette.

Polo Ralph Lauren soft stretch chino jacket

A cotton sports coat is a bit like the sneaker of the suit world: it’s a cool, comfortable piece of clothing that shouldn’t feel too expensive. But the right version can class up any outfit you throw at it – and as far as genre goes, this is the AF1.

Tom Ford blazer in slim-fit cotton and velvet

Some people show up for the red carpet. Others meet up the Red carpet.

Gucci double-breasted check blazer in cotton and velvet

Maybe you go for Cher Horowitz. Maybe you go for Harry Styles. Or maybe you’re just trying to bring out your funkiest self.

Acne Studios blazer in creased leather

Pair with ripped jeans, flashy jewelry, oversized sunglasses, and voila: you’ve officially embraced the Kravitz core.

Stoffa single-breasted shirt jacket

Stoffa’s relaxed blazer straddles the line between sports coat and overshirt. The result? A dressy layer that you can wear as easily as your favorite button down.

Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer

Proof that all it takes to give your tailored a little extra flair is a soft, subtle plaid.

Boglioli wool K jacket

Boglioli makes suits so soft you might just forget you’re wearing them. The brand’s unstructured K jacket is a house signature.

LBM 1911 plaid sports coat

About as authentically Italian as bespoke gets without going to the Bel Paese itself.

Reiss focus blazer in wool blend

We’re not saying it would be a grave injustice if you didn’t wear this jacket with black jeans and Chelsea bootsbut we are not does not says so too.

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