Probably the last thing you want to consider wearing in this heat is a blazer. But, regardless of the current high temperatures, it’s the uniform du jour of the summer months, from the manicured lawns of Wimbledon to the banks of Henley. And even if you’re not attending a sporting event, chances are you have at least one summer wedding coming up or you have an invitation for drinks al fresco on a smart roof terrace, both of which would require a louche summer blazer. We’ve picked our five favourites for you that will work equally as well courtside in SW19, as they will for a summer wedding or post-work drinks.
1. Oliver Spencer Theobald blazer
Oliver Spencer’s take on tailoring has always erred on the side of smart casual. While the construction and line are sharp in this ‘Theobald’ blazer, the details show a softer side, with a partial lining, a contrast tab on the lapel and generous patch pockets. This winning formula makes the blazer a very adaptable piece for summer: for smarter events it can be dressed up with a chambray shirt and a knitted tie, or for more low key days you can pair it with other tonal blue pieces, such as loose linen tailored trousers and a navy polo shirt. Fresh white sneakers will give the outfit a nice pop of brightness to finish.
£335, shop now
2. Brunello Cucinelli deconstructed linen blazer
There is a scene in the James Bond film Spectre where actor Daniel Craig is lost in the desert in a rather nice Brunello Cucinelli suit. It’s also the one and only scene in the film that sees Bond out of his usual navy ensemble. This deconstructed blazer offers the same degree of warmth and versatility as Bond’s tonal tailoring, and demonstrates just what a great summer investment it is, with its lightweight linen, peak lapels and half-lined construction. Team it with a crisp white shirt and chocolate silk tie, à la Bond, for a summer wedding, or embrace its more casual side with olive cotton cargo pants, leather trainers and a polo shirt.
£1302, shop now
3. Hugo Boss ‘Nobis’ suit jacket
Just as the navy blazer is a popular year-round favourite, the stone-coloured cotton jacket comes into its own during the summer season. This style from Hugo Boss is a light and breezy choice thanks to its breathable cotton poplin material. It’s a great jacket that can be worn with its matching trousers as a formal tailored suit for summer weddings – ideally with a white shirt, burgundy tie and a pair of conker-brown suede lace ups. Or deconstruct the jacket and pair it with a Breton tee, navy trousers and a pair of classic white sneakers.
£400, shop now
4. Polo Ralph Lauren ‘Morgan’ unstructured blazer
Ralph Lauren has long been associated with Wimbledon, having provided the court uniform for the tennis contest’s ball boys and girls, umpires and linesmen since 2006. This ‘Morgan’ style makes reference to heritage sporting pieces with its bold checks, for an undeniably preppy – yet modern – take on the traditional summer blazer. Created in the classic palette of navy, red, blue and white, it’s also surprisingly easy to wear, thanks to its slim cut fit, relaxed unlined silhouette and discreet Herringbone pattern. Wear over one of Ralph’s piqué polo shirts, navy chinos and sneakers, or embrace the varsity vibes and pair it with denim, a button-down oxford shirt and a pair of penny loafers.
£315, shop now
5. Caruso Per Trunk jacket
An artisanal approach to tailoring is what makes Caruso stand apart from its Italian competition. The soft drape of this navy double-breasted blazer showcases this perfectly – you know you’re investing in a well-considered and finely tuned piece of tailoring. Designed for the menswear destination store Trunk Clothiers on London’s Chiltern Street, this blazer was made in the Caruso workshop in Parma. This summer, pair it with a crisp white shirt, pale grey trousers and deep chocolate suede loafers, or loosen it up with an indigo crew neck T-shirt and white jeans for a sharp summer look.
£387.50, shop now