Blazers exist at a crossroads; they’re a key component in bridging the gap between your casual and formal wardrobe and can be worn in both regards. The one keyword that will be true throughout is versatility, and it’s this versatility that makes them so essential to your wardrobe. Wear them with button down shirts, wear them with ties and without, with chinos and denim, and even with tees. Here’s how to do it.
When narrowing down your casual blazer options there are few key points to consider. Don't just grab any suit jacket and throw it on with jeans and hit the club. Do start with an unstructured blazer. The biggest difference between structured and unstructured blazers is their shape and, therefore, their drape. Unstructured jackets hold less shape because they're typically semi or unlined. Meaning, they've got some or most of the inner workings pared down giving the jacket a lighter, softer feel. The great thing about the softer, more relaxed feel is that they're really versatile. You can dress them up on casual Friday, or at a more relaxed office, and wear them a bunch of different ways on the weekend. In terms of bang-for-your-buck ways to instantly and easily elevate your style, you can't do much better than the right casual blazer.
Keep it relatively short in the body. The fit should accommodate layers but without excessive room. The shoulder should still lay flat and the jacket sleeve should never hide the shirt sleeve entirely. At least a small band of shirt cuff should always be visible. All other suiting rules apply while keeping the underlying theme of comfort while maintaining a trim fit, in mind.
Be bold, be versatile. The casual blazer is an absolute homerun so settle into options of tweed, cotton, canvas, linen, or wool, depending on the season. While a lightweight navy blazer in cotton or wool is appropriate in every season, try mixing things up with different textures and heavier fabrics as the seasons change. Look for a textile that has a more worn-in feel and allows you to dress down with a v-neck and jeans just as easily as it does dressing up with an oxford and a tie.
Unstructured blazers can be considered the ultimate throw-on piece because they go with nearly everything…remember how we talked versatility? Style yours confidently with everything; a standard oxford shirt (tie or no tie), polos, knitwear, henley tees, or even just a crisp white t-shirt (trim and well fitting, please).
Above all, embrace dressing up. Confidence goes a long way…but so does the perfect blazer.