Much like denim jackets and LBDs, blazers are inimitable wardrobe classics. They’re natural additions to a well-rounded wardrobe. While they capture a certain businesslike spirit, though, they’re far more approachable and versatile than meets the eye.
Can you wear it to the office? Yes—of course. It’s as much a corporate staple as a sheath dress or a pair of sensible pumps. But you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to break out of your comfort zone and embrace what makes the piece so adventurous. Here are a few creative ways to make it work for you.
1. Give It Some Edge
There’s no way to minimize the crisp, no-fuss nature of a blazer. That’s precisely what makes it such a strong contrasting partner for something unexpected, like a pair of leather pants. You can make this look even more impactful by selecting an oversized silhouette that looks like you stole it from his closet.
The goal is to create balance by uniting these opposing elements. Finish with a pair of sleek, studded heels and add a couple of statement necklaces to the mix. You’ll look Fashion Week-ready even if you’re simply headed out to lunch with the ladies.
2. Mix Up Your Prints
It takes a little moxie to mix your patterns. Embrace a more eclectic look by slipping into a printed suit—you can never go wrong with a classic check or a Pucci-esque swirl. A plain tee underneath allows this overarching pattern to stand out. The next step, though, is to bring in an opposing design, either by way of a bag, a chunky bangle, or a pair of shoes.
Take your cue from the outfit’s style. Are you super dressy? Try a silk scarf. Going more low-key? Try some funky canvas sneakers.
3. Wear Your Knee Boots
A long, lean blazer has the added adventure of pulling double-duty as a dress. You can easily wear yours in this manner by adding a pair of over-the-knee boots to the ensemble. Select a hue that’s classic—you can’t go wrong with a crisp black or a flawless grey no matter what the shade of your blazer. Rich navy- and wine-colored blazers are easy to dress up with silk scarves and delicate jewelry. It’s edgy, yet polished.
4. Pair Them With Denim
Besides a pair of tailored pants, nothing pairs better with your blazer than jeans. Again, it’s all about devising a balanced look that is harmoniously posh and blithe. The beauty of this look is that your denim can really define the look to a degree. A pair of slightly baggy, unstructured jeans makes a perfect partner for your cropped, loose-fitting blazer. Yet those sleek, skinny jeans that negotiate every curve look right at home with the long, fitted blazer you reserve for special occasions.
5. Use It for Structure
Blazers have an inherent ability to make anything—even your off-duty errand-running attire—look a little more thoughtfully assembled.
Try it over something that requires some extra attention, like the loose-fitting swing dress that you normally wear with leggings and booties. Wrap a belt around your waist for definition, then throw on a blazer for the additional structure.