A blazer has the all the power of a ‘little black dress’ if it’s the right cut. Blazers are undoubtedly the most versatile wardrobe piece that one can own. It transcends season, time of year and occasion, whether it’s a wedding, an important job interview at a prestigious firm or a sensual night out on the town with your beau. Blazers don’t just change the over all look you’re trying to convey, but it can change the tone. The secret to the blazer is knowing where and when to wear it, and learning how to create distinct looks out of what you already have in your closet.
1) Office Chic
A blazer is certainly an office wear staple, but we’re not talking your typical put-you-to-sleep office look, that’s so cliché. Rather than pairing your blazer with trousers, opt for something more feminine and powerful like a beautiful, long maxi dress. Going boho chic with a blazer is an unexpected, yet sophisticated twist, and there are a hundred-and-one ways you can accessorize a look like that. If that’s a little too out of the box for you, you can always pair a blazer with a pencil skirt, but try and go for something in a bold, contrast tone or something with texture like ruffles.
2) Street Chic
The definition of street style is as varied as those who don it. As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Your street style is whatever you make of it, but know this, a blazer is a secret weapon to any street ensemble. Go extra edgy with a pair of leather skinnies, some studded motorcycle boots and a fitted blazer. Or for something slightly more demure and a little more summery, opt for a navy blazer, a nautical top, a pair of cutt-offs and a pair of gladiator sandals.
3) Gallery Opening
We’re on the cusp of the summer season and it’s likely that your head is already swimming with the myriad of soiree invites you’ve received for fabulous upcoming events. If you’ve got yourself a semi-formal gathering on the books, a simple fitted blazer is all you need to make any evening ensemble pop. This season, what with Gatsby mania heavily influencing fashion at the moment, go for something with a little sparkle, in other wards, go glam or go home! Sequins, jewels, studs and other textural embellishments make this sort of love highly coveted.
4) Date Night
What’s better than hitting the down with a dashing gent on your arm? I’ll tell you what, looking good doing it, that’s what! Do you have the perfect little cocktail dress but can’t find something appropriate to throw on over top? The trusty blazer comes to the rescue yet again! A semi-fitted boyfriend blazer is the perfect addition to sexy cocktail dress, gives your outfit a sophistication you wouldn’t get with a simple shrug and hides any imperfections visible in a tight dress. Throw on some sky-high stilettos, and a glitzy clutch and you have yourself a heart-melting date night look.
5) Cozy & Casual
It’s the weekend, and you’ve yourself an errand list a mile long. The thought of picking up dry cleaning and getting the car tuned may not sound all that titillating, but if you’re going to be out and about, why not do it with a little flair? Nothing says ‘I mean business’ like a blazer, and once paired with a comfy pair of boyfriend jeans, your favorite graphic tee and some wedges or contrast heels, you’ve got yourself a killer weekend look that just may have your mechanic throwing in a few extras on the house!