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Outfit Formula: The Boyfriend Blazer


To kick off our first outfit formula we’re talking about the Boyfriend Blazer. 

Blazer, $119

The Boyfriend Blazer is one of my favorite wardrobe staples. It’s slightly oversized, often double-breasted and gives off a cool and casual vibe.

If you’re just building out a wardrobe, you want this in black, or navy, or both. Then, if the style vibes with you, and you’re getting a lot of use out of it, look for it in other neutrals and/or a patterned tweed or herringbone. 

Our featured item is by Madewell, available in regular sizes, XXS -XXL and plus for $119. A great find. 

Below is the Basic Formula to focus on: 

And here it is brought to life:

Boyfriend Blazer Outfit Formula

White tshirt, camel colored crossbody bag, light straight jeans, black boyfriend blazer, camel colored loafers, gold hoop earrings


Scoopneck T-shirt, $25 | Loafers, $150 | Blazer, $119 | Crossbody Bag, $178 | Hoop Earrings, $70 | Power Slim Straight Jeans, $40

Boyfriend Blazer + Slim Lined Jeans

The boyfriend blazer, because it is oversized, needs a slim bottom, so grab your skinny or straight leg jean. Here we’re using the Old Navy Power Slim Straight Jeans, available in all sizes for only $40

Does the jean have to be light washed? No, but the contrast between the light denim and the black blazer is fresh, plus the lighter jean is more casual. You can also use a jean with distressing.

Boyfriend Blazer + Slim Lined Jeans + White Tee Shirt

Use your favorite white tee with a long or short sleeve. I’m using a scoop neck tee from J.Crew on sale. You want a scoop neckline because it complements the shape of the blazer and will help elongate the line of your body. 

Boyfriend Blazer + Slim Lined Jeans + White Tee Shirt + Loafer

For the shoes, you want something flat, and causal. I’m using these gorgeous tan loafers because I think everyone should have them. The loafer dresses up the outfit nicely while keeping it grounded.

If you want to go even more causal, go ahead and wear your favorite crisp white sneakers. 

Finally, let’s accessorize. 

+ Accessories

Have fun with accessories, and bring in your personality.

I had to use the Vince Camuto crossbody bag from Monday’s What to Buy at Nordstrom post. It’s the first bag I’ve been excited about in a long time that wasn’t thousands of dollars. (Not that I’m spending thousands on a bag).

You’ll notice small gold details on the bag. One of the best tips I can share with you, if you want your outfit to look cohesive, is to match hardware.

You don’t have to match your bag and shoes, and you can certainly mix metals in your jewelry. But, keep the metals on your bag, shoe and belt in a similar tone.

Same goes for your jacket buttons. If they are gold, don’t wear a belt with a silver buckle, etc. It looks messy. 

For this look, you’ll notice the metal on the loafer is also gold. I also used these chic gold hoops to finish the look. These are under $100 and fabulous if you are looking to build out a better jewelry collection. 

Outfit Formula: The Boyfriend Blazer

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Saturday 1st of October 2022

It's simple and clean looking. Very classy


Friday 7th of January 2022

I love the boyfriend blazer outfit. The one thing that it is hard to find a nice pair of jeans for a older lady that aren’t hip huggers. In East Texas you need a flexible wardrobe due to weather change each day. A beautiful collar, button down blouse would be interchangeable with t. At this moment I have zero fashion. Nurse 26 years . So my wardrobe is zero. Looking forward to this program. At the same time loosing 20 pounds. Any suggestions I will accept with wide open arms. Ty


Friday 7th of January 2022

I just ordered this blazer w/code Classified for an additional 40% off. I am "petite" so I hope I don't look lost in this. Looking forward to working this in my wardrobe.

Roe Duncan

Friday 7th of January 2022

I love the idea of formula style dressing and have used it for years.A capsule wardrobe is far too boring for me and I have the interests and resources to expand far beyond prescribed pieces.That being said,I look forward to more formulas from you.Thanks so much for this guidance.

Tracy Gray

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Love this information. Thank you.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Love the formula idea and bought the blazer on sale too! Can you help me with how to wear the blazer? Buttoned or unbuttoned? And if unbuttoned, tuck in the t or not? Would you also wear a belt? I can’t tell you how helpful your advice is!

Cynthia B

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Megan - this is such a GREAT idea!!! I'm going to pin everyone of these for future reference. This is exactly what I need to make the most of the great stuff I already have, much of which was inspired by you!. Thanks and looking forward to this


Thursday 6th of January 2022

So looking forward to these posts! Would really like to be able to pin them for future reference.

Megan Kristel

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Hi Kim, there is a pin designed in the backend of every post, you just have to put the link in your Pinterest and it will show up.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Will definitely enjoy your new series on outfit formulas, it will resonate with me. I will modify the formulas to work for me as I am petite with my own suggestions but this will be awesome as I struggle with the whys and dos with an outfit!

Colleen McGarrity

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Love the scoop neck with the point of the blazer in a v shape. Definitely want to try!


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Megan Brilliant idea thank you for initiating Outfit Formulas!!! This will be a great help to all of us. Jean


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Now this is my kind of schooling. I don’t own a black blazer yet but I plan to soon. I really want to express how helpful it is to know what type of jeans or bottoms, skinny for example, even the rinse of the jeans is best for the jacket. It is also helpful to know the best type of shoe or boot. I get stuck putting together outfits because I don’t know the reasoning behind it and your post on an Outfit FORMULA is just what I need, especially the 101 version:) Thank you! I am so looking forward to more of these posts.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Would you make any modifications for petite? I love this look, but often feel overwhelmed in the intentionally oversized blazer, even with the slimmer lines underneath. Love this new series idea. Thanks!

Kelly Everhart

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Megan, love this idea! I look forward to shopping my closet with these formulas. Thank you!!


Thursday 6th of January 2022

I bought the blazer! Wahoo, cannot wait for it to arrive. Thank you. And it's 40% off today!


Thursday 6th of January 2022

@Rebecca, Me too! $71.00


Thursday 6th of January 2022

A cute look! Question for you (or a future post), it’s cold here - how do I wear socks with loafers? Many jeans are ankle length right now and I can’t wear a shoe with a heel (the perils of old age!) and don’t wear boots at work so I wear flats but need socks! Brrr.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

@Indy, I just wear socks. I love argyle socks with this look--and/or any "fun" patterned sock makes the outfit playful and practical. Of course, there are good "no show" socks on amazon that are warmer than no sock (for your feet, not your ankles). I have really thin, bony, cranky feet that require socks with all shoes! Good luck.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

@Indy, This is my little trick: I buy knee high nylons in a skin-tone shade to wear with these types of outfits, which offer about the same amount of warmth as trouser socks, etc. and then I slip disposable foot warmers into my flats and am toasty all day. The foot warmers are shaped like an insole and are paper thin. Works like a charm for me. I buy them on Amazon.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Great post