The Classics, Reinvented: 6 ways to Style a Blazer
From velvet to vintage and oversized (thanks, Mom!) to plaid and checked, my blazer collection seems to grow and grow each year. Maybe due to the fact that a blazer can add a dash of put-togetherness to my jeans, t-shirt and unwashed, “drypoo” topknot hair look, but throughout fall and winter, it’s easily one of the most-worn closet items (not to mention a serious street style star this season).
I love that the traditional preppy piece has been reimagined this year. Whether your personal style tends to stray feminine, classic, minimal and effortless or trend-forward, a blazer should without a doubt be the unsung hero of every girl’s wardrobe.
But we all know that no matter how much we may love an article of clothing, as we approach the tail-end of a season, it’s easy to tire your wardrobe. But, sometimes all it takes is a bit of brainstorming and experimenting with those favorite pieces to make your closet feel fresh again. And remember we’ve got a month or more of weather up and downs, so we can’t go wishing away our cold weather staples (like the blazer) quite yet.
Ahead, I’ve rounded up some unique ways to style your blazers. Which one is your favorite?
1. Accessorize it
This year, its all about mastering the art of belting, which works especially well with oversized, vintage-inspired blazers. I’m especially keen on the plethora of fanny pack style belt bags I’m seeing everywhere–talk about a “kill two birds with one stone” piece. Not into belts? Try for the button and tuck look (Editor’s tip: this works best with a more fitted blazer style and loose mom jeans) or give the masculine style a bit of femme with a colorful neck scarf or layer some fun, gold necklaces.
2. Suit Up
Two words: power move. Perhaps taking notes from the cast of “Anchorman“, matching sets are all the rage this year, from head-to-toe monochromatic to interesting prints. This year, push yourself to make a feminist statement in a two-piece (I promise you won’t regret it).
3. Casual Juxtaposition
No longer reserved for the business professional, the blazer looks especially cool paired with your favorite casual gear. Try layering yours over a hoodie, or paired with your comfiest sneakers for the ultimate street-chic weekend look. Anyone else a die-hard 90s kid and proud of it? Take a note from our founding fashion fathers and pair yours with your favorite graphic band tee (shoulder pads not required).
4. Unexpected Layers
There’s a reason the white button-down/blazer look has stood the test of time. Give your mom’s look an upgrade and try a dramatic blouse sleeve layered underneath.
While the blazer may be a baggy, (often at times overpowering) piece, if done right, I love it mixed in with a pair of wide-legged jeans or trousers. The key here? Keep it light and tight underneath with a tank top or even a crop top (sassy, I know!) to show that you actually have a figure.
There’s something really cool about a blazer and long skirt combo. Although a bit on the daring side, also nails that effortless masculine-meets-feminine vibe. If this style feels too frumpy or odd to you, try a mini skirt and booties combination–also a great way to slowly introduce those spring dresses back into your wardrobe while still feeling seasonally appropriate.
5. Give Life To Your All-Black Ensemble
Make your blazer the unsung hero to your outfit by adding it to your trustee all-black getup. This is the perfect way to achieve that chic, monochromatic look you are used to but with a bit of added personality and flair. I love transitioning my all-black winter looks with a pop of white as the temps go up.
6. Mix Prints
Blazers are a super classic piece, so don’t be afraid to mix prints. Try a patterned button down or blouse to modernize the usual classic blazer and white blouse suspect. Or, channel your inner French girl and try a striped shirt for the perfect dose of pattern play.
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H&M Wool-blend Blazer • H&M • $49.99
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Silk scarf • Chloé • $105.94
Topshop Polka Dot Handkerchief Hem Skirt • Topshop • $68
Madewell – Cotton-blend Velvet Blazer – Black • Madewell • $160
Leather Belt • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $49.86
The Classic French Terry Square Hoodie • Everlane • $48
Matt & Nat Aki Faux Leather Belt Bag • Matt & Nat • $95
Maje – Checked Woven Blazer – Gray • Maje • $490
Wide Cuffs Shirt Stripe-navy • $188
GANNI – Pinstriped Crepe Blazer – Black • Ganni • $295
Isabel Marant Gold Boo Boo Necklace • Isabel Marant • $115
Madeline Nachbar is a Marketing Manager and freelance fashion & lifestyle writer and content creator. On the weekends, she enjoys seeing her favorite bands in concert, traveling, or hanging in her Northeast Minneapolis hood with the three men in her life: her husband Eric, and her two cats, Harry and Lloyd.