When you are trying to create a work “uniform,” it’s important to create variety in the styles and combinations you turn over and again. For many of us (myself included), a blazer is a staple in that uniform. Undeniably, it instantly pulls your look together, creates shape, and elevates otherwise simple pieces. Last night, after a very long day, I had to go to a meeting for our school’s upcoming fundraiser. I looked and felt like a frazzled, overwhelmed mother. On my way out the door, I threw a black blazer over a tank and jeans, put on a little red lipstick and felt instantly more human. I went from not wanting to leave the house, to happy for a break in the action.
When you find an outfit that works well for you, the one you feel like, “yes, this is me,” duplicate it. To keep it fresh, look for versions of the look that are a little different. If you love a classic one or two button blazer, you might consider this “oversized” blazer, which serves the same purpose, with a slight twist. A couple of things to know about this blazer. While it’s “oversized,” you still need to focus on the fit. The shoulders should sit on your natural shoulder, and the sleeve should hit at your best length. The oversized aspect of this blazer is in the button placement and within the body. To balance out the size of the blazer, keep your bottoms slim or straight, a flair or boot cut will create too much volume. This blazer from Mural is under $80 and available in burgundy (featured) and black.
Need a plus size option? Try this gray plaid blazer from ASOS.
Let’s dive into the outfit options.
In outfit one I layered the blazer over an inexpensive ($12!) button down from H&M. I found a pair of straight leg black pants from Vince Camuto. These have wonderful stretch and drape away from the body. If you need an alternative to a skinny pant, but gives you a similar silhouette , give these a try. For the shoe, of course you could do any pump, or you could do a polished loafer. These, surprisingly from Kristin Cavallari, are gorgeous. They have equestrian inspired hardware that plays nicely off the double-breasted style of the blazer. It’s hard to find a loafer that has a pointed toe, so I was thrilled to see that detail here. Remember, a pointed toe elongates your leg, no matter what kind of shoe you are wearing. (Available in black, clay and orange.)
For jewelry, use a stud earring, anything bigger will make you look overdone. If you’d like to fill in the neckline of the shirt, a heavy gold-ton link necklace peeking out from underneath will add just the right amount of visual interest. To enhance the overall look, go with a structured bag. I like this dome shaped black bag by Micheal Kors. It’s gold hardware “goes” with the rest of the looks hardware and gives a lady like element to the masculine double-breasted style of the blazer.
Our second outfit is right up my alley. A pair of comfy but tailored jeans by DL 1961 (seriously, they are ridiculously comfortable) with a basic shell is all you need to get out the door. Keep the blazer buttoned so just the neckline of the shell is visible. I’ve been waiting to use these Sam Edelman patterned pumps for weeks. Print and pattern shoes are a great way to add visual interest if you’re like me and don’t love a lot of prints. Finally, these oversized stud earrings are all you need to keep the look minimal but still give it some weight. To take this to work I would carry my new bag I bought at Henri Bendel but if I was headed out for after work dinner and drinks I would switch to this Chanel-inspired quilted bag for added texture.
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