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Labor Day Weekend is upon us, friends. And while many of us are shedding a tear or two for the passing of summer, there's still much cause to celebrate. If your mind has immediately turned to backyard barbecues and cold beers, I completely understand. But that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the sales, man. And I'm talking about the months to come, when things finally cool down a bit and we can start flexing all the stuff we've managed to acquire—for a pretty impressive discount—during said sales.
I've spent a long time—a long time—sifting through all the stuff that's on offer this weekend, because I care about your closets and I want you to be tuned into the very best of the best stuff to buy during this somewhat-overwhelming sale season. And one thing that really stood out, not just because of the whopping discount but because it's so well suited to this particular moment in menswear, is the chore blazer from J.Crew's in-house label Wallace & Barnes, which is marked down to a very wallet-friendly $60 this weekend when you use the code HELLOFALL.
The chore blazer is what the name suggests: a blend between a chore coat and a blazer. That means you get three patch pockets, a vent-free back, and a generally more workmanlike vibe. But it's still got the lapels, the slim fit, the rounded quarters, and all the other things that make it feel quite blazer-ish, especially on first look. The end result is a jacket that's just a touch more casual than those other sport coats you have in your repertoire. Or, if you want to put it another way, a topper that feels a tiny bit fancier than the actual chore coat you reached for all spring.
Usually, this kind of in-between space is a hazardous one when it comes to getting dressed. But in this rare instance—and at a time when we're transitioning not only from summer to fall but from our hyper-casual lockdown garms to something a little more pulled-together—you wind up with something that's less about compromise and more about settling into the sweet spot. When you don't know what jacket to wear, this is the jacket that'll solve your problem. And right now, just as a reminder, it costs a mere $60. You're not going to beat that, so don't try. Just get the jacket now, wear it all fall, and enjoy life in the sweet spot.
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