Just because the heat is on doesn’t mean you can’t keep your cool and look darn well collected at the same time. You may shy away from blazers (or ban them completely) once the mercury starts to rise — but you don’t have to. We’ve rounded up some of the best bets for the summer. These jackets boast season-friendly fabrics — think cotton, linen, and seersucker — while veering away from any silhouettes or structure that’s too constricting. So, whether you’re on the job or jet-setting out of town, you’ll be ready for your close-up — without even breaking a sweat.
1. SuitSupply Havana Green Herringbone Blazer
Not only does SuitSupply’s Havana herringbone blazer look cool, it will keep you cool with its blend of silk and linen and its half lining. Tailored to a handsome slim fit, the head-turning two-button jacket brings an understated pattern to your look and a subtly verdant green hue. While it would look great with chinos and trousers, we love it with a slightly distressed, cuffed pair of denim jeans and slipper loafers for the ultimate summery appeal.
2. AMI Unstructured Wool-Blend Blazer
AMI’s mission is to design “real clothes for a real man.” And, with this slim-fit, wool-blend blazer that seamlessly transitions from day into night, the label totally lives up to that mantra. The piece strikes a balance between practical and edgy, professional and casual. And even though its unstructured for a more comfortable, heat-tolerant fit, it still features a lean and clean silhouette. Designed exclusively for Mr Porter, it comes in a dark navy hue for a more trendsetting, seasonal take on the classic black that can be worn basically anywhere with anything.
3. Original Penguin Chambray Blazer
Chambray is a shoo-in for summer with its denim-inspired colorway. Here, Original Penguin offers up its version of a chambray blazer that stays casual with a shawl collar but is still precisely fit with a single back vent. While you can wear the matching pants, a white pair of chinos or jeans would be even better.
4. Craft Atlantic Harris Wharf Blazer
A relatively new menswear brand out of New York City, Craft Atlantic offers contemporary sportswear that’s both elevated and streamlined such as this Harris Wharf gray blazer that’s sophisticated with its slim fit and European appeal. But the jacket is also entirely practical. Unlined and made of lightweight viscose, it is ideal even for the most sweltering of days. Plus, it is functionally suitcase-friendly — it will stay wrinkle-free for any business trip or weekend getaway.
5. Descendant of Thieves Stretch the Truth Blazer
A lightweight cotton jacket designed to be worn with the collar up or down, Descendant of Thieves’ Stretch the Truth blazer pulls no punches when it comes to all-season versatility. Exploded pocket detailing adds a bit of punchy fun while the dark charcoal color keeps it serious enough for your 9-to-5. The blazer is also part of the brand’s limited-edition styles so you’re assured a one-of-a-kind (well, almost).
6. JackThreads Seersucker Blazer
Seersucker and summer just go together like whipped cream and apple pie. If you haven’t invested in the signature puckered styling, JackThreads’ seersucker blazer is a great way to dip your toe in the water. It’s an incredibly modern version of the retro-inspired wardrobe staple. Thus, you can wear it everywhere from work to weddings. This navy and white stripe version sets itself up well for a nautical interpretation with shorts and boat shoes. But, contrasting it with dark denim and a T-shirt is a solid way to wear it, too, should you forgo the matchy-matchy blazer and pants combo — pie, not included.