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A good unstructured jacket can be one of the most versatile pieces in your closet. With the right combination of fit, refinement, and comfort, an unstructured jacket can look as great with jeans and a t-shirt as it does with trousers and a dress shirt. Because they lack the canvassing and padding of structured jackets, they travel well and move with your body. Cotton blazers have some clear benefits to their woolen brothers, not the least of which being breathability. Another benefit is affordability: you can purchase great unstructured cotton jackets much cheaper than unstructured wool jackets. They are also fairly easy to find at a range of prices and quality.
While a Spring staple, a good cotton blazer can get you through three seasons. A lined blazer, such as this one, will perform better on chillier days than an unlined blazer will. Conversely, an unlined blazer will be more comfortable in the hottest summer day, with a partially lined blazer being that happy medium between the two. Think about what your location's seasonal patterns are to find the right jacket for you.
I really like a cotton blazer when traveling. Blazers are generally great for traveling because things like tickets, cell phones, keys, and other things that need to come out of your pockets before going through security. Airports and planes are rarely comfortable across the board temperature wise; one is chilly while the other is warm. A cotton blazer can keep you warm in the terminal; they won't suffocate you in the airplane cabin; and when you take it off you basically can ball it up and toss it under your seat.
Took these pics myself... this is the
crotch test shot.