If there's one piece that's essential to a man's wardrobe, it's a suit. But the stylish man has gone beyond the basic navy and charcoal grey, and has added stand-alone blazers and sportcoats to his outerwear arsenal. Why? They’re an essential for the office, a slam dunk for impressing dates and perfect for feeling sharp, you know, just because. A small variety will net a huge array of options for looking stylishly grown up on any occasion. We found 20 of the sharpest, coolest and most wearable blazers for the season, and broke down a few of the biggest trends to look out for.
Patch Pockets: Everyone from Gucci to J. Crew, Fay to Marc Jacobs is offering up a jacket with patch pockets. They most often accompany an unstructured design and add a bit of casual flair, whether you go single or double-breasted.
Green: No, green isn't the new black, but we've sure seen a lot of it this season. Army green cotton blazers from Gucci and Jack Spade make the perfect layering piece for stepping up your Sunday brunch apparel or office uniform. No need to button up, wear it open over your chambray and oxford cloth shirts.
The Blues: Beyond navy, there are plenty of new blues to work with this season. From royal blue to seersucker, robin's egg and muted slate, they all look great with your jeans, but will also go nicely with chinos in natural khaki, army green, navy and grey.
If you're wary to step outside the box, here's a secret you might not know: you can make almost anything look normal. Bold prints, unexpected colors—it's all about how you dress around a statement piece. So go ahead, try something a little different this season—and thank us later.