by Andrea Sparks
There are a few basics every woman should have in her closet, and a simple blazer is one of them. They can be worn with nearly everything in your closet and always dress up an outfit. Read the following tips and learn some of the best ways to wear a blazer.
Separate situation: Mixing and matching your suit separates gives you a lot more freedom at the office. A basic black blazer can be paired with tan pants or a brightly colored skirt for a look that is less mainstream but still appropriate for the office. Contrast a bright or printed pattern with subdued solids to keep the look from becoming over the top.
Belted: Give a classic blazer a dash of modern appeal by cinching it with a belt. Belts are one of the most popular accessories in women's fashion right now, and jackets shouldn't be left out of the trend. Try a skinny belt in a bright color or a braided texture to highlight the belt itself, or try a wider belt for something a bit more edgy.
All dressed up: A blazer looks great over a dress, especially a casual wrap or shirt dress. You can make it a complete outfit or take it along as a jacket for a cool evening. Pair a blazer with a simple black dress for a look that can easily go from day to evening. After you leave the office, add some bangle bracelets and other bold accessories and head to dinner.
Working for the weekend: Blazers don't need to be strictly office wear; throw one on with skinny jeans and a T-shirt on the weekends too. Adding a jacket to your casual look dresses it up just a bit, giving your casual wardrobe more versatility and you more places to wear your favorite black blazer.
The highs and lows: When you're picking out an outfit to wear with a blazer, play with the lines of your outfit to create something fresh and new. A longer boyfriend blazer makes a big impact with a short skirt or even a casual pair of shorts, and a cropped jacket gives a long skirt balance. You can also try layering high-waist styles underneath a blazer for a vintage look.