While there are plenty of occasions to wear formal attire throughout the year — the office, a date, weddings and funerals and so on — autumn is especially well suited for it. With cooler temperatures and less humidity than summer and less mud and rain than spring, it’s the sweet spot for dressing well. And no article of clothing resonates better to cool evenings and changing leaves like a blazer or a sport coat. They’re capable of making a white tee look slick, a fall sweater look professorial, or a button-down look buttoned-up. We’ve broken down the best blazers and sport coats to wear this autumn, depending on how deep your pockets are and whether you like tweed, herringbone or corduroy.
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Perry Ellis Modern Fit Plaid Blazer
This traditional black blazer — really a suit separate — is made with a polyester-rayon blend, comes in a modern fit (meaning it’s better suited for athletic builds), and is appropriate to wear with matching black trousers or dressed down with jeans.
Uniqlo Wool Blended Comfort Jacket
Available in nine different colors, from dark gray to a tartan wine (maroon), this tweed jacket is versatile enough to be worn at company retreats or to a happy hour. Each jacket is sold in standard sizes (S/M/L/XL) rather than by chest and shoulder measurements.
ASOS Skinny Blazer In Jersey
Designed in London, this slim fitting blazer comes with a notch lapel and an internal pocket. It only comes in navy, and each blazer can be ordered with or without a in-built pocket square.
L.L. Bean Signature Cord Blazer
This corduroy sport coat is ideal for fall. It’s warm, made entirely of cotton, and wears comfortably over a sweater. It’s slim fitting (even through its sleeves), has a smooth Bemberg lining and a double-vented back.
Ben Sherman Original Herringbone Blazer
As its name suggests, Ben Sherman’s blazer boasts a herringbone weave. It’s also only available in brown, has a gingham and candy stripe lining, and comes with a built-in pocket square.