How to Wear a Blazer outside the Office
The depth of your closet is not measured by the number of pieces you own, but rather by each pieces’ versatility. The most versatile and popular jacket in women’s fashion right now is the blazer. Whilst the blazer is commonly associated with office work, a blazer is the perfect staple item in both men’s and women’s wardrobe for a sophisticated but casual everyday look – outside the office.
How you combine a blazer with other garments in your wardrobe shows off your personal flair and allows you to express yourself whilst maintaining a stylish edge. There are many ways to suit up and follow this trend. Below are five looks to help you rock the blazer with style!
The boyfriend look is easy to achieve and is the perfect everyday shabby chic look. To achieve this look, pair a white tailored shirt dressed with an over-sized blazer. Roll up the sleeves up and add a skinny belt for an edgier look. Dress it up with high heels and a bold necklace or go casual with a pair of flats and elegant gold jewellery. This single breasted blazer from Armani (£1,550.00) would be perfect for this look:
For a softer more elegant style, pair a classic blazer with a lace blouse or a ruffled silk top. Match this with some black slim fit trousers or tuck the blouse into a skater skirt paired with some ankle boots for a fun wearable look. For a date look, go with a tailored playsuit, matching blazer jacket and heels. For a more playful look, pair a navy blazer with denim shorts and converse trainers. This salmon blazer from Zara (£49.99) would be perfect for a casual day time look:
Have a purple skirt and shirt you can’t wear together because they’re not complimentary shades of each other? No problem. Layer up with a purple, black or floral blazer with purple hues. Blazers are perfect for unifying an outfit and pulling colours together. This gorgeous bird print blazer by Mela London (£20.00 at House of Fraser) would be perfect to match with a coral top.
Rock the Patterns
Don’t be scared of prints. Aztec and floral patterns can be the perfect addition to an outfit, especially in the form of a blazer or light jacket. Pair it with a block coloured dress or a royal blue blouse and dark denim. You’ll look fabulous! For a bolder look, try a black striped or polka dotted shirt with a red blazer. If red isn’t your colour, emerald green, royal blue and canary yellow work well too. Have fun with it, fashion is a trial and error process. We love this checked blazer from Armani (£1,250.00) for a subtle pop of colour:
Maxi dresses are often associated with summer and are often wore as beach wear, however a maxi dress can be instantly transformed into a glamourous day time look with a white or tan blazer. A cropped blazer gives an elongated look which can be flattering on those with smaller torsos. During spring and autumn, try a fitted denim blazer. On one of those cool summer nights, make sure you keep a light blazer nearby to drape over your shoulders for a stylish look. This Jigsaw pastelle blazer (£179.00) would look great on top of a white maxi dress.
The days of blazers being restricted to the office only are gone. Today they come in a variety of colours, cuts and fabrics for endless style combinations. They’re perfect for layering or adding a splash of colour to everyday outfits. Whether you’re a “Material Girl” or thrift shop hunting, remember that no wardrobe is complete without a few statement blazers hanging around.