The blazer is one of the many defining symbols of the classic gentleman. Most of us can agree that there is something undeniably stylish about this reliable piece of formalwear. When paired with a sensible outfit, a blazer can make anyone look like a cultured gentleman.
A blazer can work well in more casual settings, too, as long as it is incorporated sensibly. When worn correctly, a blazer can make any casual outfit seem both refined and relaxed.
While you need to pay attention to how you wear your blazer, you do not need to be a fashion expert to do so correctly and with confidence. Here we will provide you with some outfit ideas to get you started. So, if you are looking to reinvigorate your wardrobe and your style, keep reading.
How to Wear a Casual Blazer for Men
To create the casual look you are going for, every piece of clothing in your outfit needs to appear relaxed. When it comes to your blazer, you want one that has a more unstructured design and is made from lightweight materials, such as linen. These considerations will contribute to a more effortless aesthetic overall. The rest of your outfit should adhere to this casual styling sensibility too. These options are highlighted below.
Casual Blazer with Jeans
By pairing your blazer with a pair of smart-casual jeans, you have an outfit that will look perfect for parties, dinners, family gatherings, dates, and just about any other event.
To wear this outfit, select a casual black blazer, then pair it with blue jeans if you want a more classic look or black jeans if you want a contemporary style.
Casual Blazer with Polo Shirt
It may not be the first thing you think of, but a polo shirt is excellent to pair with a casual blazer. Although the polo shirt’s collared style is more sophisticated than a regular T-shirt, when paired with the casualness of the blazer, it achieves a trendy laidback look. Plus, polo shirts give your outfit a more athleisure aesthetic to the look that is very “in” right now.
To wear this outfit, choose a darker-colored blazer and pair it with a lighter colored polo shirt. We recommend a navy blazer paired with a grey or white polo shirt. Add a pair of casual jeans and some sneakers to the mix, and you will be ready to take on the world.
Casual Blazer with Chinos
If the look you are going for needs to be a bit more polished and refined while still being smart-casual, a blazer with some chinos is a great combination. To make the outfit more casual, select a T-shirt and a neat pair of sneakers.
To wear this outfit, select a navy casual blazer and a pair of white or beige chinos. Add a light blue shirt underneath to complete the look.
Casual Blazer with a T-Shirt
We have already covered some outfits above that incorporate a T-shirt, but it is such an incredibly stylish way to wear a casual blazer that we wanted to go a bit more in-depth. For this outfit, you want to ensure that both the blazer and the T-shirt are slim fit.
To wear this outfit, choose a pair of navy, white, or black jeans or chinos. You can wear a lighter or darker colored blazer, but spruce up the outfit with a fun shirt color, such as green, orange, or light blue.
Casual Blazer with Shorts
If you want to have a bit more fun with your blazer, pairing it with shorts will allow you to show your playful side while being stylish for summer barbecues or by the pool.
To wear this outfit, select a pair of chino shorts in the same color as your blazer. Pair this with a T-shirt in a contrasting, bright color, and add some casual shoes like sneakers, boat shoes, or sandals.
Tips on Wearing a Casual Blazer
- For summer, choose lightweight fabrics like linen or cotton
- For winter, choose heavier fabrics like tweed or wool
- Always opt for an unstructured blazer
- For tops, switch a button-up for a polo shirt or T-shirt
- For bottoms, select chinos, jeans, or chino shorts
- For shoes, laidback always wins, so go for loafers, sneakers, or boat shoes
FAQs on Wearing a Casual Blazer
Can a casual blazer be paired with jeans for any occasion?
You can pair a blazer with jeans for events that are more smart-casual, such as dates, dinner parties, and casual work gatherings. Make sure that your blazer is a lightweight, unstructured design to achieve a laidback aesthetic.
How long should my casual blazer be?
As a rule of thumb, your blazer should end in line with the middle of your crotch. Blazers that are too long or too short will result in a frumpy, sloppy look.
What color should my casual blazer be?
Going for a versatile color, such as navy blue, grey, or neutral darker tones will allow you to dress your blazer up or down. In these colors, you can also pair them with various shirts, shorts, chinos, and jeans.
What must I consider when purchasing a casual blazer?
The first thing to look for is a proper fit in the shoulders. You also want to pay attention to the fabric’s quality, as this speaks to its durability. Next is the type of fabric – select lightweight materials for summer and heavier materials for winter. Lastly, when it comes to a casual blazer, an unstructured design will always work best.
Should I tuck my shirt in with a casual blazer?
The purpose of a casual blazer is to achieve a smart-casual, laidback, stylish aesthetic that suits most occasions. For this reason, leaving your shirt untucked is the best way to achieve a relaxed look.
What shoes should I wear with my casual blazer?
This depends on where you are going, but a general failsafe for any occasion is a pair of loafers or sneakers. If you know you will be outside by the pool or at a backyard barbecue, sandals or boat shoes work well too.
Those are all the things you need to know about wearing a blazer in a casual outfit, all the factors you need to consider, and all the details you need to pay attention to. Keep our suggestions in mind if you are struggling, but do not be afraid to experiment!