Squeeze more wear out of your summer favourites. Just add a slouchy blazer when the temperature drops.
Style is personal and trends are fleeting, however, there are a few hardworking items that are guaranteed to withstand the test of time and slot into every wardrobe seamlessly — queue the black blazer. I’ve shed my association with the blazer and school uniform and now I appreciate it as a hero piece in a capsule. Next to a camel trench coat and white shirt, it’s an item I think everyone can benefit from. Whether worn for formal occasions or to elevate a denim and t-shirt look, the choices are aplenty.
It’s a worthwhile transitional piece to have in your arsenal as it can act as a fine layer during the intermediate seasons. Although it’s an understated piece, there are many ways to make a black blazer work for your wardrobe, including styles and fabrications to suit all aesthetics, forecasts and occasions. A drop-sleeve blazer is an easy piece to style, whereas the formality of a structured, single-breasted silhouette will best suit formal dress codes. There are many variations that exist between the androgynous and streamlined iterations. Some designs feature a waist tie, whereas ’80s style silhouettes with a longer drop can be worn as a mini dress. We mustn’t forget leather blazers (which have become an autumn/winter favourite of many) — and a proud nod to the ’90s.
Leather blazers are worn across Paris in the autumn. Why not lean into a gothic look with a monochromatic ensemble.
Although black blazers are classic, many feature directional additions — take the House of Dagmar piece in this edit. The collarless silhouette feels unapologetically ’80s, or, the Mother of Pearl design featuring an organic-shaped gold button.
One thing I’ve learned about choosing the right blazer is that the silhouette and fabrication speak volumes. I much prefer the fit and feel of blazers comprising linen and Tencel as not only are they eco-conscious, but they also lend a beautiful drape. Yet, during the winter, I opt for a wool blend. It’s also worth considering sizing. You can never go wrong with a slouched iteration — simply roll up the sleeves and it immediately becomes a fresh piece.
Whether they’re a point of focus, or worn nonchalantly thrown over the shoulder (circa 2020), a black blazer is a piece that will span decades and surpass trends.
If it’s time to consider your return to the office uniform, or you’d like to bring an element of sophistication to your off-duty looks, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for 27 of the most impressive black blazers on the market.
Make like Karina and pair a figure-forming bodysuit with a streamlined skirt as we inch closer towards autumn.
Weekday has created the perfect example of relaxed tailoring. Stick to your usual size and ruch up the sleeves for an intentionally “effortless” look.
When it comes to high street offerings, Arket manages to excel at tailoring every time. Its Hopsack blazer is a well-loved piece amongst editors and it bears resemblance to pieces that are five times its price point. Whilst it’s currently out of stock this wool-blend blazer is a wonderful alternative.
This style offers a directional fit. It’s sculpted and bears rounded shoulder detailing. Belt it at the waist and team it with a free-flowing midi.
This blazer hangs beautifully on the body. It’s also made from deadstock fabric which is the way forward for suiting as some structured shapes are said to require the use of synthetic fibres.
Currently, Arket’s Hopsack blazer is sold out but this linen blazer is just as good. It bears a resemblance to the aforementioned style but the use of a natural fabrication loans it a slouched shape. With or without the matching suit elements it makes a worthwhile wardrobe addition and one you can wear regardless off the seasons.
The WWW team really rate H&M for affordable tailoring that looks so much more expensive than it is.
I’m a huge fan of natural fabrications, even when it comes to suiting. Although linen is associated with warm months, the dark colourway lends this a transitional quality. Pop it on top of an all-black suit or pair it with jeans and a white T-shirt to emulate a classic “off-duty” look.
Allow me to bring tencel to your attention. It’s the textile you need to know if you’re hoping to make conscious swaps. I own this blazer and it’s the type of style you can throw on without so much as a second thought.
This laid-back blazer features a satin sheen. It also comes with matching trousers if you’re keen on top-toe tailoring.
It may be comprised of wool but it’s anything but stiff. This design is a fluid-like silhouette. It’ll suit people entering the world of suiting as it’s a happy medium between formal and oversized, making it easy to style.
This ’80s style blazer features padded shoulders, a notch lapel collar and two welt pockets. Although it does bear reference to past times, it’s in keeping with the styles of today. It’s crafted from 100% wool, which is outstanding for its price point.
This Mother of Pearl iteration is special for a few reasons. Firstly it’s crafted from organic and responsibly sourced materials and secondly the admirable design features. The hammered gold adornment makes this piece stand out from other black blazers on the market.
Baukjen recognised that crafting blazers from consciously derived fibres is no mean feat but the still took on the challenge. This Baukjen blazer is not only made with the planet in mind, but it also comprises sharp features and a formal fit that will see you through myriad occasions.
Jigsaw is a high street underdog that has been producing some suave styles of late. Case in point – this blazer. The Hopsack style refers to an angular style sans lapel. There’s an emphasis on fabrication too. The hopsack weave is by the Portuguese mill RIOPELE which produces heritage style.
A unique iteration of the black blazer courtesy of Massimo Dutti. if you prefer figure figure-forming styles, opt for blazers with a belted feature to accentuate the waist. I’d pair this with a linen midi skirt, right through autumn.
Danish retailer Samsoe has created the epitome of nonchalance in blazer form. It already features a boxy silhouette so you needn’t worry about sizing up. This style is available in three additional colourways.
This blazer is as classic as they come. It comprises a streamlined fit and fluidity as a result of the fabrications used. Pair it with smart or laid-back elements.
A leather blazer is a cold-weather favourite and editors are in agreement that Arket’s is a reliable source for tailoring on the high street. As the owner of an Arket blazer, I can champion the quality and timeless design elements. From the curved seam to the double-welt pockets, it’ll add a noughties charm to every outfit.
The Frankie Shop have amassed a cult following for its suiting and amongst the most coveted are the Blazers. There are many styles available but the Gelso is my favourite due to it’s considered fabrications. With perfectly rounded shoulders, relaxed arms and a “throw on” feel, it’s a style in which you’re guaranteed your low cost per wear.
Whistles is becoming renowned for its leather jacket offerings and its blazer offerings are just as exquisite. We all saw the effect of the Bonded Leather Jacket, I have a feeling this blazer will follow suit. Like most of Whistles’ glossy offerings, it’s made from 100% leather, which is typically hard-wearing. It’s also worth noting that it comprises a viscose lining, which is a more eco-conscious fabrication than polyester, for example.
It’s all in the details. Me +Em’s Forever blazer is a double-breasted design that bears a streamlined silhouette as compared to a typical double-breasted blazer. This takes the bulk out of the style. Look closely for the extra details like the twill texture, grosgrain edging and slight trim.
You can always count on maker of minimalist pieces By Malene Birger to offer a unique twist on tailoring. The three-buttoned feature, slightly cropped sleeve and stitched pocket detailing lend it a directional feel, although it still feels like a timeless piece.
Conscious brand Dai deems this the “modern-day power piece and I couldn’t agree more”. A slim-fitting single-breasted brazer always feels fresh and formal. Although this one is geared towards a workwear capsule, Dais styling proves that you can take this from the office to after-work drinks.
Who says a black blazer has to be samey – not House of Dagmar! Pair this collarless style with a fluted skirt and mules for a nod to ’80s fabulousness. It will also be a nice style to belt at the waist to exaggerate the proportions further.
Róhe is a new designer on the block and all elements point to precision. This shaping is typical of the style Scandi sartorialists don on their weekend jaunts. Paired with wide-leg trousers and a matching waistcoat, it’s a spin on tailoring for the modern woman. It’s also crafted from 100% wool, which is something I always applaud when it comes to tailoring.
Wardrobe.NYC’s entire line is just gorgeous and full of well-made modern classics that will stand the test of time.
I love the belt and tuxedo-style lapels on this number.
Crepe is certainly a unique fabric for a blazer but trust Toteme to make it work. Due to the lightweight nature of this blazer, it’s best worn in place of a top. Style it with mid-wash jeans for a relaxed look.
Marina Rinaldi is one of my favourite plus-size retailers. You’re guaranteed expert tailoring and the use of premium materials.
Yomi is a newly launched brand that aims to bring a capsule of sophisticated blazers to the market. With an emphasis on premium Italian-derived fabrics and precisely executed tailoring, it’s an example of pieces made with forever in mind.