Back in the day, news reporters couldn't afford the luxury of a fancy designer suit. They needed a blazer that could pair with any slacks and weather any situation, while still presenting a sophisticated, smart profile. The Barbour Correspondent Jacket ($300) harkens back to the day when looking good meant working hard. The Correspondent is made of pure cotton for breathability and has a soft, tartan lining for hours of comfort. Versatility and functionality come standard here, with three exterior pockets, two interior pockets, and a special pocket for the modern-day report's primary tool: the mobile phone. A double-vented rear pleat and faux-horn buttons complete the design. Available in the only color you'll ever need: brown.
This may officially signal the end for the blazer-and-hoodie duo, but for anyone who wants the look without the fuss, the Volcom Ransom Hooded Twill Blazer ($85) will do perfectly. It features a finely striped black blazer with a matching black hoodie (or at least parts of one) grafted right in.