Okay, okay: I know what you’re thinking. A blazer? In this economy?! Fuck out of here. Sheesh! At least let me try to explain myself before you go flying off the handle. It’s time to expand your sartorial horizons, my friend. Because this isn’t your standard, run-of-the-mill blazer. Far from it, in fact. This is a knit blazer, and right now it represents exactly the type of clothing you should be thinking about as you reckon with the day-to-day monotony of WFH life and the nagging feeling that maybe—maybe?—it’s time to dress up again.
Fashion folks have been talking for a while now about the imminent tailoring revolution, a harbinger of a seismic shift in perspective that’s supposed to upend the way dudes dress for years to come. Though it might’ve been waylaid temporarily by the onset of the coronavirus, that moment is here. Designers like Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo are embracing the sort of louche elegance Armani made his signature in the late ’80s, making suits with the same dedication to detail they might’ve once reserved for expertly crafted sweatpants and flannels.
And not a moment too soon. It turns out there are few propositions better suited (heh) to the nature of our new reality than the type of relaxed tailoring Lorenzo and his peers are pushing to make a hallmark of modern menswear. And a knit blazer is the purest expression of the form. It is, in every sense of the word, easy. Easy to wear, easy to style, and easy to wrap your head around after months of slumming it in the same old sweats day in and day out.
Not entirely sold on the proposition? Try one out for yourself. (But don’t say I didn’t tell you.)
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Milano Ribbed Jacket
Let me clue you in on a little secret: there’s a lot of solid styles out there, and the ones below are all worth your attention. But if you’re pressed for time (or, y’know, sick of my shit) Uniqlo U—that perennial Esquire favorite!—happens to make one of the best of ’em each and every season. Questions? No? Class dismissed.
Knitted Wool Sweater
A chore jacket-inspired silhouette just as dignified as your sharpest sport coats (and a hell of a lot more comfortable, to boot).
Superfine Merino Blazer
*Whistles softly to himself* Looking super fine, baby!
Wool-Blend Work Jacket
Sometimes J. Crew just…*kisses fingertips*. My compliments to the chef.
Soft-Flex Knit Blazer
The soft, functional lightweight layer you would’ve taken with you everywhere if travel didn’t become largely verboten this past spring.
Birch Mélange Knitted Blazer
The knit blazer done the Oliver Spencer way—soft enough to wear around the house on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but sharp enough to wear on an impromptu Zoom call without a moment’s hesitation.
Unstructured Merino Wool Blazer
A handsome merino wool style from Mr Porter’s always on-point in-house label.
Woven Knitted Blazer
When it comes to comfort, make like the Italians (i.e., swaddle yourself in completely deconstructed tailoring that could easily stand in for the best cardigan in your arsenal).
Knitted Double Breasted Blazer
Another very, very good Italian take, this time of the soft-shouldered suiting savants at Boglioli.
Ribbed Knit Blazer Jacket
Armani reigns supreme when it comes to softer-than-you-ever-though-it-could-be suiting. And he still has a few tricks up his (casually tailored) sleeve.
Abstract Patterned Knitted Blazer
Team Missoni injects the tried-and-true blazer with a welcome jolt of energy in the form of a zany pattern that riffs on the brand’s signature zigzag design.
Single-Breasted Knitted Blazer
Jerry Lorenzo and co. bring their decidedly American perspective to Zegna’s storied Italian tailoring in a tie-up that still has the industry buzzing.
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Source : Esquire