Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ways to Wear a Blazer

It's time focus on one of my favorite pieces--the blazer.  I used to think blazers could only be worn in business settings or with suits and stayed away from them for a long, long time.  Little did I know I was staying away from what would become one of my wardrobe loves.

Whether or not you work in a formal setting, blazers can be incredibly versatile.  It really just depends on the material and cut.  During my blazer-avoiding stage the only association I had of blazers was from suits.  Because of that, it never felt worth it for me to buy one, plus it usually seemed overdressed for my lifestyle needs.

My eyes were opened when I realized there were more casual blazers, ranging from twill to ponte.  (See a Shopping Help post on blazers here for different types of blazers.)  My eyes were opened even wider when I realized I could pair a blazer with almost anything.

Today I'm showing you how to style a blazer from two angles:
  1. Different pieces to pair with a blazer
  2. Ways to style a blazer for different scenarios: casual, work, and going out

Part 1: The Pieces
Here's the first part of it--different pieces you can pair with a blazer.

With Jeans
Here are two looks for how to pair a blazer with jeans.  The first picture shows it with a plain v-neck tee, but it would also be great with a graphic tee and colored heels for a night out.  You can also pair it with any colored jeans, especially if it's a neutral colored blazer.

The second look is with a patterned button-down.  Other alternatives are any patterned blouse.  The great thing about a neutral blazer is that it's a building block of the outfit, especially paired with jeans, so you can mix and match any kind of top in the middle and (as long as the silhouette works for you) you'll always look polished!

I would consider these casual looks, but if you want an even more laid-back vibe exchange the pumps for flats so that you can be on-the-go.  (Example here!)

With a Skirt
In both of these looks I used a simple white tee and let the skirt do all the talking.  Whether it's a pencil skirt or flirty a-line, a blazer is a great partner, especially for office attire.

To illustrate the power of a blazer, click here to see a contrast.  I'm basically wearing the same foundation of the striped skirt and white tee, but with a denim jacket and sandals instead.  It's a casual vibe with the denim jacket and sandals, but once you put a blazer onto the same foundation the outfit looks appropriate for an office!

With a Dress
I love being able to take practically any dress and polish it up a bit with a blazer.  And don't think you always have to be going to an office when you do this.  There are some flirty dresses that make great outfits for a night out when paired with a blazer!  Or, if you pair a dress with a ponte blazer it'll give it a more casual vibe for daytime.

Part 2: The Scenarios
In case the examples above leaned too much towards looks for work, here are some examples of styling a blazer for different scenarios:

Like I mentioned above in the "With Jeans" section, here's an example of a blazer with a graphic tee, jeans, and flats.  I felt polished but relaxed at the same time.

Here's a pairing with a dress for work.  If you need to look classier or a little more formal you can always use a more sophisticated dress.  :)

Going Out
In the "With a Dress" section I mentioned pairing a blazer with a flirty dress for a night out.  But personally, I love pairing a blazer with jeans and a blouse.  The blouse can have a cool print, be a solid in a unique silhouette, or have special detailing like this lace top, and the blazer will be a great addition for a sharp look to go out in!

And lastly, here are some options for blazers that aren't parts of suits.  Almost all of these come in different colors, particularly a variety of neutrals.  The third row is all ponte blazers if you're on the more casual end of casual.

Links to Shop:
1.  Target  |  2.  H&M  |  3.  Kohl's
4.  Target  |  5.  Kohl's  |  6.  Kohl's
7.  Target  |  8.  Kohl's  |  9.  Target

What's your favorite way to wear a blazer?  (Isn't this SUCH an unfair question to blazer lovers out here?  muahaha)


  1. Sort of related question: What are your thoughts on cropped denim jackets? I bought a cropped denim jacket (dark wash) from old navy (link below). I'm 32, 5'3, size 8, and wear dresses to work (I'm a high school teacher). I'd like to have a denim jacket to make some of my dressier dresses more casual, and I think it would be a great piece to wear as a transitional piece for Spring. I'm a little unsure about the croppedness of this jacket though- is it age appropriate? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


  2. Hi Julee...the link isn't working for some reason.

  3. I edited it to this link: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=953589022

    Hope that works!

    Thank you so much in advance for any feedback!

  4. I think it just depends where it hits you. If you're 5'3" I'd imagine it skims your hip, which I think serves as a normal denim jacket for average/taller people. If it hits at middle of your rib cage for THAT kind of cropped look, I'd personally say that's a pretty "young" look and wouldn't be comfortable wearing it to work and feel like I was dressing like I had authority.

  5. I definitely own that blue, patterned dress. I think it was from Target? Anyway, I am a lover of the blazer for both professional and casual settings.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

  6. I've never thought about a maxi with a blazer. Very chic!

  7. HappinessatmidlifeTuesday, April 08, 2014

    I am a fan of blazers and slowly starting to branch out and wear them on the weekends. Great examples!


  8. I LOVE blazers! I really need to get a navy one. I've been saying that for the last two years and have yet to find one.


  9. Hullo, ladies! I don't mean to hijack this conversation, but as a vertically challenged high school teacher of middle years (5'1, size 8, 42 years old), I need to chime in with my two cents and whole-heartedly advocate the cropped jacket. With the right pieces, it can be super cute and polished at the same time. See Exhibit A : http://myclosetcatalogue.com/2013/11/06/ootd-of-outfoxing-the-trend-not/

    Love the feature, btw, Audrey. You never cease to amaze with your remix mojo! :D

  10. I didn't even think to own a blazer until you convinced me how versatile they are. I think they're great and my favorite way to wear them is with a pretty blouse and jeans with flats or boots. I think I've worn outfits like all of your examples! (after pinning them probably haha)

  11. Very nice post. I always come back to your blog for simple but practical ideas!

  12. Maricel! I always love when you comment around here. I agree with you--I think we are saying the same thing, actually. Because it looks like that jacket hits you at your hips or maybe at the end of your rib cage, not your MID rib cage. And I agree that that can be chic. I was just saying if it's so cropped that it hits at the middle of your rib cage then I think THAT look is very young.

  13. uberchicforcheapTuesday, April 08, 2014

    I love that ponte blazer from Target so hard. I have it in black and blue dot, and I really want it in grey.

    Great post.

  14. This is PERFECT timing. I just bought a new blazer over the weekend and I was trying to figure out how to wear it. (It is black, mostly because the options were black or striped and I'm not a big stripe person, at least in blazers.)

    Thank you!!

  15. A woman after my heart!!! You know how much i love wearing blazers!!!!!!!! My favourite way to wear them right now is with jeans, t-shirt, statement necklace and flats. It's definitely my go to look. I just bought a light peach one and I love it!!!!!!



  16. I only have a black blazer and a gray blazer (working on expanding into colors) but I enjoy either pairing them with some jeans, a cute blouse and heels to help dress up a little for a date night or wearing them to work because they make me feel a little more put together than a cardigan.

  17. I don't think I've ever worn a blazer with a skirt & plain white tee, but I LOVE the way these two versions look. Definitely going to have to try it out once I get a gray or blue blazer checked off my list!

  18. I Love this! Blazers are so cute and take an outfit to the next level. You can feel frumpy in a plain white t-shirt and jeans but if you add a blazer, you are suddenly more put together. Midi skirts are another great option to wear blazers with. I recently did a post and was able to find great ones for under $50!


  19. I have a blazer hanging in my closet I've worn once, because I'm nervous. But I think I will try for my bump photo this afternoon....

  20. Blather is favourite thing in my closet! It's very useful!

  21. You can't beat a well fitting blazer to spruce up an outfit.

    X x

  22. Love Shopping MiamiWednesday, April 09, 2014

    hello gorgeous! We also carry blazers in different colors at affordable prices :) Check them out here > http://loveshoppingmiami.com/tops/jacket-blazers.html

  23. Another great post! I add a blazer most days on top of my work outfit. I may take it off later when I am in my classroom, but at least I look polished on my way into school. :)

  24. I KNOW you love blazers :) I totally thought of you while putting together this post.

  25. Style Bits & Bobs of METhursday, April 10, 2014

    I love blazers. They complete an outfit!

  26. What a fantastic post - love how much effort you put into this and your looks are amazing!! Really well done.


  27. woooooooow, i really like your dress, very style

  28. where did you purchase your blazer which you are wearing in pictures?

  29. I do love a good blazer :) I think my favorite way to wear a blazer is with a simple blouse or nice tee (not a button up because the collars get all wonky) and skinny jeans with boots or flats :)

  30. Glad to have just found this! I'm about to order a grey ponte blazer from Target...not really sure what to expect but luckily I'm very familiar with their returns. =) Thanks for the confidence to try
    something new!


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