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In case you didn’t know, blazers are no longer limited to corporate America: with different styles and colors, they’ve exited the boardroom and are fully primed for the everyday woman’s wardrobe. Just like a men’s tailored suit, a women’s blazer can look pulled together and sophisticated — or, if you aren’t careful, frumpy and ill fitting.
Check out these styles and tips on the best ways to wear a blazer! And for Shoptiques’ full selection of blazers, click here!
Never assume that your blazer needs to be one tone. Play with florals, color, print, stripes — whatever fits your style and your personal flair. The goal is to go bold: like Rihanna, find large scale prints and don't overstyle it with other details. Let the print shine!
Eschew traditional structured styles with a softer, looser blazer. You’ll still have details, like a lapel and suit pockets, but gain a casual and comfortable aesthetic. When you’re wearing a flowier blazer like this one, opt for a tighter fit on the bottom with a pair of skinny jeans or mini skirt.
As You've probably noticed, blazers come in all shapes and sizes. Particularly if you're more petite, try out a cropped blazer. Perfect for a ruffled or patterned blouse, the shorter cut will keep your look crisp and youthful.
Mix and Match
To all of you naysayers claiming that blazers are too mainstream, these are the styles for you. Bring in new textures like plaid, leather, or other intersting fabrics. When you’re shopping for a blazer, look for unique cut and design. Even if you do opt for a traditional design, take a leaf out of Coco Chanel’s book and look out for unique buttons or closures, like this assymetrical zipper.
When you’re buying a blazer, consider a simple professional tuxedo style. It has a simple shape, more like a classic men’s blazer, but it's all about the details: the lapel collar, the buttons, and the sharp lines. When you’re wearing a blazer, fit is everything and that’s more important the simpler the blazer is. Pay particular attention to your shoulder seam when you’re trying blazers.
If you're buying your first blazer, this is probably your best bet. A classic one-button blazer can be worn over anything: jeans, a dress, a skirt, whatever! When you're buying this blazer, make sure that the button hits at the smallest part of your waist — that means it's a perfect fit!
Pop of Color
Feeling adventurous? Banish the black and buy that blazer in a bright color. You can experiment with color blocking like Sarah Jessica by incorporating other shades — for instance, here it's purple, blue and pink — for a fun youthful ensemble.