The Types of Blazers

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The Types of Blazers
Men have several blazer styles from which to choose. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Lightweight jackets with collars and lapels known as blazers come in a variety of styles, fabrics, patterns, and colours. According to, they're "the most liked and purchased formalwear." Typically seen as part of a three-piece suit in formal and business dress, blazers can be worn as a chic complement in more casual outfits. They're available for men and women.

Double-Breasted Blazer

Double-breasted is the most formal style of blazer and comes from the 17th century frockcoats and military wear. This jacket is characterised by two parallel rows of buttons in the front to close its broad overlapping flaps. Usually just one or two pairs of buttons are functional and the rest are decorative. According to Forbes, it's agreed by executives in the fashion world that no other type of blazer better complements a man's physique and gives him as commanding a presence.

Single-Breasted Blazer

The single-breasted blazer, which is the more popular than its double-breasted counterpart, is a standard part of a three-piece suit and is seen in tuxedos. This sport coat is characterised by a single row of buttons in front to close it. Single- breasted blazers come in classic colours such as black, brown, and navy blue, and can also come in pinstripes. They should be worn with matching trousers.

Casual Blazer

Casual blazers can dress up less formal outfits giving you a more professional look. These can be worn at business casual functions such as company barbecues or to nightclubs and fine restaurants. Casual blazers are generally single breasted and come in a wide variety of fabrics, including denim, light linen, velvet, and suede. You can tuck in your shirt or leave it untucked when you wear a casual blazer.

Women's Blazers

Women's blazers are modelled after men's styles, but often feature feminine touches such as oversized decorative buttons, floral patterns and "unmanly" colours. Some women's blazers have a business look and are part of a tailored suit, while others have more feminine patterns and can be paired with dresses, skirts, jeans and shorts. According to, the black blazer is one of the best-selling women's clothing items because it goes well with all colours and patterns.

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