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One Item, Four Ways: Blazer


AE tuxedo blazer
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As the weather gets cooler in most cities across the country (unfortunately not where I live — I’m SO jealous of all of you who get to properly enjoy fall weather and fall fashion!), it’s time to start playing around with outerwear to add another layer to your look and keep you warm. Blazers are a polished alternative to the ubiquitous cardigan, and they’re definitely just as versatile!

Whether you like a navy, school-boy inspired blazer or a more fashion-forward option (J.Crew has some awesome colorful versions right now), there’s bound to be a blazer to fit your personal style. Use one to inject some polish into your casual outfits, or wear one during a night on the town to add some coverage.

Read on to see four very different outfits put together using the same perfect gray blazer.

Outfit 1: Study in Style

Gray blazer outfit 1: White tee, skinny jeans, coral scarf
Blazer, Jeans, Tee, Shoes, Earrings, Scarf (similar style)

For many college students, the library “uniform” is made up of sweatpants, a hoodie, and flip flops. Sure, it’s comfy, but it’s also definitely not the most stylish outfit on the planet. By pairing a blazer with an otherwise-cozy outfit — jeggings, a tee, a scarf, and moccasins — you can add polish to your studying look. I always feel more productive when I’m not doing homework in my pajamas, and I encourage everyone to try it out — you might be surprised at how much more you get done!

Outfit 2: Classy Coverage

Gray blazer outfit 2: Pink body-con dress, heels
Dress, Necklace, Heels

Blazers shouldn’t be restricted to just daytime wear. They can be the perfect way to make a potentially-revealing dress a bit more modest at night. Blazers can add coverage and warmth when you’re out on the town, and they’re also a great way to get more out of your wardrobe — wear the dress one weekend on its own, and a few weeks later with the blazer!

Outfit 3: College Classroom-Approved

Gray blazer outfit 3: Skinny jeans, nude flats, striped tee
Jeans, Shirt, Flats, Necklace, Tote

I can’t wait for it to get cooler here in Houston, mainly because I can’t wait to wear variations of this outfit almost every day — a cute top, skinny jeans, and a chic blazer. This outfit is simple and classic, but the necklace and blazer add a little something extra. I would cuff the jeans to show off my flats, and the tote is the perfect size to carry a laptop.

Outfit 4: A Hint of Vintage

Gray blazer outfit 4: Yellow dress, flats, green clutch
DressFlats, BeltClutch

This is a great outfit to wear as we transition into fall temperatures – it might not be quite cold enough for tights yet, but a sleeveless top is definitely out of the question. Strike a balance between the two by adding a blazer on top of a sundress. Flats make the dress more season-appropriate, and a fun clutch adds a dose of color contrast.

What Do You Think?

Do you own a blazer? How do you wear yours? Which outfit is your favorite? What other items do you want to see featured on “One Item, Four Ways?” I’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment!

Posted on on September 23, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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28 Responses to “One Item, Four Ways: Blazer”

  1. 1
    September 23rd, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    i love blazers
    i have one in black, light grey and navy blue and might get one similar to this

  2. 2
    September 23rd, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I really like all these outfits, but I am still looking for a perfect blazer because most of the ones I’ve tried on make my shoulders look huge (I don’t have particularly broad shoulders so I’m not sure why I still haven’t found one..but any suggestions? :) )

    I’ve also noticed that a lot of times links to the clothes CF posts don’t work properly at all and it rarely gets fixed. Just something to keep in mind because a lot of items are super cute but the links are not working.

  3. 3
    September 23rd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Outfit number 2 looks really gorgeous! That peach color is very sleek and that necklace is a perfect compliment.

  4. 4
    September 23rd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Sasha: I’m glad you like the post, and I will definitely take another look at the links. We submit the posts a few days before they are published, and sometimes things sell out or the websites change. Sorry about that!

    In terms of blazer suggestions, I LOVE Gap! They can be pretty steeply priced initially, but if you stalk the sale rack you can come away with some really great quality pieces. I’ve scored sever blazers for $20 there. I’ve also heard great things about Urban Outfitters blazer (that’s where this example is from), but I don’t own one personally.

    Hope this helps and thanks for commenting!

  5. 5
    September 23rd, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Love the variety! A blazer makes any outfit look chic.

  6. 6
    September 23rd, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I LOVE these outfits. The third one is my favorite, but I’d wear all of them!

  7. 7
    September 23rd, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    @Sasha–I’ve found that H&M has really cute, reasonably priced blazers without shoulderpads. I have two from them and I get compliments all the time :)

  8. 8
    September 23rd, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I love these outfits! The first is so cute and the third is something I would definitely wear.

    Sasha – I second the recommendation for UO, though their blazers run a little short (probably not a problem if you’re under 5’7″, just try it on before you buy anything). Also, Forever21’s website shows the shoulder and sleeve measurements of their blazers, so that might help.

  9. 9
    September 23rd, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Oh my goodness THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS ARTICLE! I love blazers to death, and I honestly love every single outfit here. I’m drooling over that grey one from Urban Outfitters! I was so lucky to score a navy Calvin Klein blazer at Marshalls for $30 :D I’m looking for a colored blazer, now. Thank you so much for these recommendations!

  10. 10
    September 23rd, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Love outfit number 1 and number 3. I have 1 blazer that i got from the Gap a few years ago i dont really wear it because i didnt think that it will look cute with jeans and flats. Maybe i should try it and see how i feel in it and maybe i should get a new one from forever 21 I seen a couple there. Love the looks and i love the shoes in look 1. Im defenately will get those shoes. Thanks for the article.

  11. 11
    September 23rd, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Amazing outfits! I love blazers. What about tan/peach/beige blazers?

  12. 12
    September 24th, 2011 at 1:38 am

    These outfits are sooo cute. I love the outfits in all your posts!

  13. 13
    September 24th, 2011 at 3:29 am

    What a perfect post! I JUST bought a blazer online from F21 and I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of what I can wear with it :o) Love blazers also because now that I’m 24, I’m trying to dress more age-appropriate :D Thanks!

    I think floral and patterned skirts can work well with a solid blazer. A dark blazer can class-up bodycon dresses too.

    The other day I wore a navy blazer, white thermal tee, and a short-ish navy and white polka-dot skirt with wedge oxford booties. So cute!

  14. 14
    September 24th, 2011 at 5:15 am

    I just got a 3/4 sleeve black blazer from forever 21 and I love it! It’s gotten cold recently where I live so I love pairing mine with an aztec off the shoulder dress and heels for going out at night and then jeans, a tee and brogues during the day!

  15. 15
    September 24th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Really love it. I have a blazer like that and didn’t know how to wear it. Thanks for the post :)

  16. 16
    September 24th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    This is such a great post! I have two blazers (a navy and a grey one) and I wear them ALL THE TIME. These are such great ways to wear them and I loved every single outfit featured! Blazers are so easy to wear and you made them look great :)

  17. 17
    September 24th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Kohl’s had some Sag Harbor blazers this summer, bought blue and white. Thanks for reminding me to look for a gray one! Got a very nice Necessary Objects blazer from Fred Flare, but it doesn’t fit or look right on me. Need to go to my tailor to fix if she can or it’s ebay time!

  18. 18
    September 24th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I’m in LOVE with blazers right now, even though I’m still trying to find the perfect one. This article just makes me want one more! Also, I was so excited to see something from mark. featured in the outfits! A few months ago I became a mark. rep and have since fallen in love with a lot of their makeup and accessories!

  19. 19
    September 24th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    This outfits are brilliant. The first one is my favorite because I never would have thought to pair a blazer with moccasins but I love it. Is says casual chic and I love that.

  20. 20
    September 25th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I love all these outfits you put together! I loooove my blazers (my current fav is a white one I found for $4 at a consignment store) and wear them in the ways above regularily, such a versatile piece. Great post!

  21. 21
    September 25th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    These are all super cute – I’m convinced I need a blazer! Any good, affordable stores you guys recommend? Thanks!

  22. 22
    September 25th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Nice! I just bought a black blazer from H&M, so I’ll definitely be trying these looks out :) (I also made sure to buy one with a nice patterned lining so I can roll the sleeves up on warmer days!)

  23. 23
    September 25th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’m so glad y’all liked the post!

    Michelle: I love tan blazers! I don’t have one yet but am keeping my eyes peeled for one every time I go shopping.

    Sarah: Forever 21 has some cute, affordable options–they have a striped one that I’ve been eyeing for a while. Again, I’d stalk the sales rack at places like Gap, Urban, and Zara, which is particularly good for bright-colored blazers.

  24. 24
    September 29th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    this is really great, but maybe you could also do a piece on types of blazer, because i want to invest in one, but im not really sure what im looking for.Or what type (e.g boyfriend blazer) will go with what……im a bit lost- could you help me out?

  25. 25
    February 1st, 2012 at 1:48 am

    embrace shoulderpads, commenters!!
    they’re retro-chic, they make your waist look smaller, and they make the blazer lay smoother.

  26. 26
    April 22nd, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I love all these ideas! When I bought my black blazer I didn’t realise that it’s more structured than the boyfriend kind of blazer like the on in this post so I sometimes struggle to wear it with casual outfits or dresses because I feel like it looks extremely formal. Any suggestions on how I can dress it down?

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