Unstructured blazers tend to look more louche than their padded, lined cousins, but Gant’s take – with its slim cut and flap, rather than patch, pockets – cuts a more refined figure. The waffled cotton is breathable, so you won’t cook at that summer cocktail party, and the flash of the cerulean sleeve buttons ensures you’ll stand out from all the guys who’ve just defaulted to their navy jacket. Especially if you twin it with a floral shirt and matching shorts.
Sometimes, when the rain’s coming in sideways, you still want to look ready for a wedding. Enter the unstructured blazer from Canadian lux outdoor wear brand Arc’teryx, tailored from the same material as their mountaineering jackets. Wear with chinos and trainers or, if you fancy being the best-dressed man on Everest, Gore-Tex trousers and an ice pick.
By now, you’ve probably dabbled in this season’s floral trend. Perhaps a horticultural tie’s found it’s way into your wardrobe. Maybe you’ve even dipped a toe into the Hawaiian shirt waters. Looking for the next step? Selected Homme’s linen blazer is the confident man’s floral upgrade. It also comes as a short suit, for those with the legs – and cojones – to pull it off. Just keep those other patterned pieces in your drawer when you’re wearing it.
Albam’s tailoring tends more towards the slouchy than the pin-sharp. After years of Mad Men stiffness, designers from Paul Smith to DKNY have started steering the same way. Good news for those tiring of the always on-duty look. This update to their classic casual blazer works as well thrown over jeans as it does paired with the matching chinos and waistcoat, for the most relaxed three-piece suit you’ll ever wear.
Feeling all white
So long as you’re steady-handed with your morning coffee, a white blazer is the goes-with-anything addition to your summer wardrobe. If you can shake off the Man from Del Monte jibes then keep monochrome with cream trousers and a white button-down, or go for dark denim and an azure crew neck for something a touch brighter.
Savile Row institution Richard James’ take on the unstructured blazer works as well dressed up with a knitted tie and suit trousers as it does worn with a grandad shirt, jeans and desert boots. The blue and white wool weave offers some eye-pleasing surface texture that means you can afford to dial down the patterns elsewhere, so swap your paisley pocket square for something less headache inducing.