How To Pick Out A Blazer

We take the guesswork out of blazer shopping so you won’t look like an idiot when you’re wearing one.

By Elyse Orecchio

Whether you’re going to happy hour with coworkers, on a date, or you simply want to add class to your look, a blazer will help dust-up your appearance. And every guy should have at least one hanging in his closet.

But blazer hunting can be tricky if don’t know what you’re doing. Should you go with a one or two-button style? What’s best for cool weather? Or warm weather? And will you look half as goofy as the Zoolanders who model them?

Those are all valid questions, and we removed the guesswork for you as well as cut off the models’ heads in our photos so you won’t be bothered by their Blue Steel imitations.

Affordable: Single-button blazer from Banana Republic ($130) | High-end: Two-button blazer from Royal Underground ($400)

Single-button blazers will work best on slim, short guys who aren’t afraid to look trendy. Read: If you’re headed to an RNC convention, it’s probably best to skip the one-button suit for something more traditional.

Two-button blazers are a classic look that never go out of style. They will also make you appear taller by lengthening your torso.

Three-button blazers are fine if you’re in the market for a suit; they’ll work for trim guys who are six-feet and taller since the buttons go higher on the chest. When buttoning, go with the top two or one button at the top or middle. However, if you’re just going to buy a blazer, go with a one or two button.

TAGS: blazer, clothing, jacket, sport coat


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