One of the most popular buzzwords in menswear lately is the “unstructured jacket”. Many men have heard about it, most have probably even worn one or more without knowing it’s an unstructured jacket, and yet, most guys you ask couldn’t probably define what an unstructured jacket is and why one should wear one. Unstructured jackets are a response to classic jackets from the early 20th century, which featured some so-called “structural” elements such as heavy linings, shoulder pads, and chest canvases.
Many jackets today don’t feature a heavy lining anymore. Generally, a well-designed jacket has a little lining, placed at the upper back and the shoulder. This is meant to give the jacket shape and to make it slide on and off quite easily. Some jackets still feature a full lining, but, unlike old-school linings, modern ones are very soft and you’ll barely notice they’re there.
A few decades ago, shoulder pads were a big thing, but today, it’s unlikely that you’ll see a blazer with shoulder pads. This is more of a good thing than a bad one: clothes, in general, are meant to be made in a way that fits your body and makes you feel relaxed and comfortable in them, not to add heavy bulk. And, in the end, in fashion, it is always best to work with what you have and make the best of it.
Benefits of unstructured jackets
There are a few reasons why you should choose unstructured jackets to structured ones, which is why so many fashion editors, stylists, and designers recommend them. Firstly, they mold easily and adapt to your natural shape. If you need to tailor them, they are a lot easier to tailor than structured jackets. Also, tailoring is often not needed, as unstructured jackets come in slimmer cuts than structured jackets.
Moreover, because they lack all the “structural” elements, you won’t get too hot in them, as they are lightweight and highly breathable. Their lightweight and uncomplicated design also makes them easy to pack for trips.