How To Pack It: The Blazer

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Fold the side over...

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...then turn the shoulder inside out.

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Fold all the way over so the entire panel lays flat. Be sure to straighten out the sleeve under the panel.

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Next, start to fold the other shoulder over...

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...then tuck it underneath the other panel. Again, making sure the sleeves remain straight. Also pay attention to the collar.

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Filp over.

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Fold up.

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And that's it!

Next up in our How To Pack It series: the blazer. There are a few ways to skin this cat – variations on folding as well as rolling – but this is my preferred method. It has served me well for many, many years. Follow the step-by-step guide above and get some answers to common questions below. Happy packing.

how to fold blazer in suitcase carry on

Step 5 of 10. Step-by-step instructions in the slideshow.

What’s the best way to pack a blazer so it doesn’t wrinkle?

Well, the best way is to wear it on the plane and fold it neatly in the overhead bin!

But if you’re taking more than one blazer, follow the guide above to start! However, there’s really no way to keep your blazer from getting wrinkled if you’re packing it away in a suitcase, carry-on, or duffle bag.

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You can attempt to lessen the amount of wrinkling by placing your blazer in a sealable plastic bag after folding it, but it’s still going to require some ironing/steaming once you get to your destination. I recommend investing in a travel steamer.

How about rolling?

This isn’t a method I personally use. I feel like it adds a bunch of stress to the collar and lapels. You could make an argument, I suppose, that rolling instead of folding might reduce large creases – and you might be right. Either way is a compromise. Just choose the one that feels right to you.

How long does your folding method take?

Less than a minute once you get the hang of it.

Chime in with your blazer folding and packing tips below.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo


Chime In

  • DJ

    I’ve run into this problem so many times without wanting to take the time to watch a video about it. Thanks for this simple and short guide to packing this staple

    DJ | Menswear & Personal Development

    • Brian Sacawa

      You got it, DJ. Will likely be supplementing each of these posts with a video tutorial in the near future. Cheers.

  • Xavier Fernando Vela

    Brian, your guides on taking care of the clothes are my favorites. Perhaps in the near future you can do something about ironing, cleaning, washing and drying your finest garments.

    • Brian Sacawa

      In the works!

  • centimo123

    Hey Brian, this tips is useful. I have learned a lot about fashion style, but never talk about the way we pack it.

    Thanks a lot

    The Fashion For Men

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for chiming in! Cheers.

  • Kolja Kassner

    Hi Brian, regarding the topic of packing, what do you think of bundle wrapping like shown at and the recommended Red Oxx carry on bag? I use this method for several years know but have to admit that I need a bigger bag for week long business trips where I have to take two or more suits. Thanks for sharing this article, Kolja

    • Brian Sacawa

      Hey, Kolja. Not seeing the Red Oxx bag you’re talking about on that site.

  • Kelvin

    Thank you for useful tips, keep sharing. Mostly we all purchase high-quality clothes for us but without care delicate cloths become messy…I bought my all suits and shirts from Hong Kong Manhattan Tailor…That tailor makes the best quality garments. Now I will follow your tips and enjoy my best-wearing cloths for a long time…

  • Cynthia

    Hello I was wondering, Do I pack my suit jacket over or under my dress shirts?

    This is my first time packing a suit since dresses and skirts are not allowed at a school conference I’m going to. Only site I’ve found so far with detailed instructions.

  • Jerry Gallo

    That’s the way I fold a suit jacket, but I turn it inside out first and flatten the collar up. The most important thing is to protect the shoulder assembly (its not just a seam). The way you’re doing it would mess up the padding & canvassing in the shoulder assembly by pressing it backwards on itself. Unstructured jacket might work that way because no padding or canvassing. That’s just the way I was taught, but I’m old. Nice blog, I’ll put it on my favorites list. Some of the old blogs are no more, musta said something wrong and been cancelled by SJWs.