When a gentleman requires himself to be both smart and comfortable in the varying heat home and abroad, he can rest assured that there are numerous ways to maintain his stylish edge. The key component to most outfits is the jacket. It is the one thing that brings an outfit together. However, in the summer months a lot of men shy away from wearing one unless demanded of by work – and even then, they try to shy away from it. That mentality and mental discomfort is about to be dispelled.
With a good lightweight blazer you’re guaranteed two things – quality fabrics and quality workmanship. The main thing here is the fabrics. Good natural fabrics used in the garment help you stay dry and fresh. You can find blends of wool and linen or hemp and wool. Linen can be a great choice, but note that linen will crease easily. Used in a blend, your blazer will be able to remain it’s shape better. Here are Three of the Best:
An Italian brand specialising in luxury cashmere and wool products, Loro Piana are a great place to kick off when it comes to discussing lightweight blazers. Originally from Trivero (a district in north Italy famous for textile production), the brand now boasts over 130 stores worldwide. This destructured three-button Andorra, made from alpaca, wool, and silk fabric (£1795), is super soft but also lightweight enough to go with a contemporary look, and keep you cool.
A classic Savile Row tailoring brand, Sir Hardy Amies reached the peak of his career in the mid-to-late 20th century, but his brand has remained very relevant into the modern day. Since unveiling the first ever men’s ready-to-wear catwalk show in the 1960s, the brand has maintained their dedication to creating stylish, high quality menswear, and this Plum Slim-Fit Unstructured Cashmere Blazer (£495) is no different. Made from Italian cashmere in an unstructured look, it goes great with a slightly more casual outfit, but can also easily be matched with a suit and a pocket square.
Always a solid go-to brand when looking for reliable suiting at an accessible price point, the last blazer on our list comes from Suitsupply. The Havana Navy Jacket (£259) is cut to a slim fit suited to a wide range of looks, and is cut in a flexible, super-fine wool yarn to maximise resilience and meaning it will become misshapen less easily, ideal when wearing on more informal occasions.