23 November 2010

one blazer, three occasions

Menswear-inspired blazers are versatile and work for any body type, making them a great investment piece. These blazers are cut longer than traditional women’s suiting and can have a boxy silhouette, so make sure you pick a blazer that cuts in at the waist. Most major department stores carry a variety of blazers at various price points. Large specialty stores like J.Crew and the Gap also have some great options.

Here are some tips for making the look work for all occasions.

Instead of the usual cardigan, wear a blazer (with rolled sleeves) over your T-shirts, v-neck sweaters, or camisoles. Pair that with jeans and flats or boots, and you have instantly updated your everyday style without compromising your comfort.

Take a break from your standard work suit by wearing a menswear-inspired blazer with a pencil skirt or trousers. You can further update your work outfits by breaking up your neutrals (e.g., wear a black blazer with gray bottoms). Add interest to the outfit by pairing your blazer with a blouse that has pattern, color, or sheen and adding some jewelry.

Add edge to your look by adding your blazer to an ultra-feminine dress. If it is a more casual date night, throw on your blazer with a flowy blouse, dark jeans, and heels.

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