It's no secret that I'm a checked blazers' no.1 fan and have been for years, so it thrills me greatly and sets my checked blazer tastebuds tingling to see so many options this year. But it can be overwhelming deciding on the right one and also very time consuming hunting all over the internet to narrow down your choices. So, as I rather enjoy spending hours online looking at blazers I thought I'd do the leg work for you and give you guys a breakdown of what I think are the best checked blazers to consider right now. To make this extra-thorough I've written down the pros and cons to each blazer and of course my notes on the fabric to further help you make an informed decision on what blazer is best for you.
Pros: I loved this one so much I bought it myself. The bold check fabric might remind you of the famous Burberry plaid, and it's not far off, it's a statement blazer and looks very high end. It's a thicker fabric (fabric details below), almost bordering on coat fabric so it will certainly see you through some of the chillier days.
Cons: It's not hugely versatile. It looks great with an all black outfit like I'm wearing here but it doesn't suit blue denim as well and paired with lighter colour trousers it also looks a bit, odd. The oversized fit won't suit everyone, if you're petite this will drown you and if you have broad shoulders this will only draw attention to them. The sleeves won't stay ruched up without using my hairband trick and rolled up they don't look as nice.
Fabric: Italian made fabric; 64% viscose, 20% wool, 12 % Polyester, 4% Polyamide. Lining 100% viscose.
Size notes: Very oversized! I'm wearing a size 8 (I'm a size 10) and it's still huge, which is the point of this blazer but what I'm saying is that you don't need to size up. Size down by 1 size from your usual and you'll still get the oversized mannish look.
Pros: This is more of a heritage check, some might liken it to what farmers or country men would wear but I love it, plus it's so versatile! The fabric feels nice, there is some wool content in there (see below) so it feel's higher in quality than a 100% polyester blazer would do. This one also as the benefit of sizing options, it comes in regular, tall and petite so there's a size there for everyone. Very resistant to creasing. Again longer in length so more flattering on more body types.
Cons: High polyester content, although granted the fabric does feel nice to the touch.
Fabric: 61% Polyester, 26% Wool, 7% Acrylic, 3% Nylon, 3% Viscose. Lining 100% Polyester.
Size notes: I would size up in this if you want it to fit like how I have my blazers, oversized and slouchy, this also allows a bit of extra room to wear knitwear underneath when it gets chilly.
Pros: This is the perfect all-rounder. If you haven't got a check blazer in your wardrobe and you want to invest in one, I'd say this is it. It's a very traditional and subtle check which isn't trend orientated, it's just a classic. The grey colouring is incredibly versatile and it can be worn with any shade of denim and with smarter clothes for work. It's longer in length so can hide away any mid areas which you might not be confident about. & Other Stories quality is excellent and it will be something that lasts your years.
Cons: The only con is that this will/may have already sold out...fast.
Fabric: 60% wool, 40% polyamide.
Size notes: & Other Stories sizing in general comes up small, size up if you want that slightly oversized fit. This blazer is not slim fitting so it will fit like a boyfriend style.
Pros: Looks very high end for something from the high street, it has serious Chanel vibes and teamed with some pearls you can create a similar look without it costing thousands. Low polyester content in the outer shell fabric. Again matching trousers are available so it makes a wicked suit and looks great with a black basic t-shirt underneath for something more stylish. A darker colour is always slimming, but looking slim isn't everything in life.
Cons: The black & red colour combo limits slightly in terms of outfit options although it does go well with dark wash denim and black/white basics.
Fabric: 63% cotton, 14% acrylic, 12% polyester, 7% wool, 2% elastane, 2% other fibres. Lining 100% polyester.
Size notes: With Zara always try and ignore what things look like on their models because they are so skinny. This blazer fits slightly oversized, I tried a medium and it fit me just the way I like a blazer to. So no need to size up. Tase the Zara size guide which is very helpful if in doubt.
Pros: Has matching trousers so would make a great suit, whether you work in an office environment or not. Resistant to creasing so quite practical. Again another subtle grey check which is both versatile and classic. This one is slightly more fitted so shows off your shape. IT HAS POCKETS!
Cons: High polyester content.
Fabric: 66% Polyester, 30% Viscose, 4% elastine. Lining 100% Polyester.
Size notes: Stick to your usual size if you want it to fit more fitted, size up if you like the slightly more oversized fit, like me.