This year, we are starting a brand new series called Outfit Formulas 101.
Every Thursday I’ll post a new formula, taking popular items featured here on The Well Dressed Life and show you the “formula” for wearing them, along with recommendations for the pieces you need to create them.
At the end of the year you’ll have 52 outfit ideas, and a closet full of versatile items you can mix and match dozens of ways.
As we move through the year, and we build out the content, you’ll be able to search for looks by item and have everything you need at your fingertips.
What is an outfit formula?
Simply put, an outfit formula is a template to follow when creating a look.
Thinking of getting dressed as a formula will help you put together a complete outfit so you look and feel well dressed. 😉
I regularly hear from readers that capsule wardrobes are a challenge because their lives require a wardrobe with more variety – and I agree. These formulas are designed to inspire you and explain why certain pieces pair together nicely.
So you’ll be empowered to create unique looks on your own too.
Focusing on a formula, rather than a capsule will give you more flexibility and more options without feeling like you have too much “stuff” because each piece in your wardrobe has purpose.
As always, each look in the formula series will be based in modern, classic style, so if that’s your jam, you’re in the right place.
To kick off our first post, we’re talking about the Boyfriend Blazer.
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
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.
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.
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