There are a few basics every woman should have in her closet, and a great blazer is one of them. They can be worn with nearly everything in your closet and always dress up an outfit. If you've only worn your blazers to the office, then you'll want to learn some other fun ways to get more use out of them.
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. This is also a great trick when you go on a business trip because you can pack fewer outfits while still creating new outfits every day.
Cinched and 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. This look can be a bit more casual, so feel free to roll up the sleeves of your blazer when you wear with a belt.
All dressed up: A blazer looks great over a dress, especially a casual wrap dress 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 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.
Published October 21, 2011
Updated December 22, 2014