The Blazer should be in your collection of wardrobe basics. Oh and you most definitely need to know how to wear one!
It’s classic and timeless and can be worn for work, evening and casual.
In my opinion, having more than one blazer in your wardrobe is ideal. My perfect mix would be one black, one blue, one white and one statement blazer in a pattern or colour.
If you’re not ready to invest in four just yet, start with a black blazer because it’s classic, flattering and goes with everything. It’s the perfect starting point for your wardrobe basics!
How to Style a Blazer
At work, pair it with a skirt and a fitted top for a feminine look. Alternatively with slacks and a button through shirt for a take on masculine dressing.
In the evenings I would put it with your LBD for a classic and chic look.
For a casual look you can’t go past jeans, a white tee and a blazer.
How to Choose a Blazer
Choosing a blazer that will compliment your body shape is essential. The wrong cut can make you look boxy and short. To find out what body shape you are read the Body Shape Guide here.
Pillars need a single button or peplum style jacket. The single button or peplum cut will draw attention to your waist, effectively breaking up your torso and lower body.
For my inverted pyramid readers look for a collar free blazer. Try to find one with a round neck that has minimal shoulder pad action.
If you’re a goblet look for a fitted single button jacked. Make sure it is one that finishes at the hip and is a dark colour.
Pyramids need to look for a longer line blazer, finishing just below your bottom. Shoulder Pads are your friend (within reason….no 80’s power shoulders please) and a v-neck with lapels works wonders for your shape.
The hourglass girls should look for a tailored two button blazer. The extra button will help to elongate the waist. Choose a jacket that has lapels with an open neck, finishing just past the start of the hip bones.
For the vase’s a single button blazer will do nicely. Look for one with open lapels because it will compliment the curves of your figure.
For my pears, you’ll want to look for something with structure and detail. Big lapels or fabric texture or a similar type of detail on the front. This will draw attention upwards and help add bulk to your delicate top half.
Bottle’s should look for a fitted blazer that nips in to highlight your waist and has some width at the shoulders.
Check out my Wardrobe Basics: Blazer Pinterest board for some inspiration.
Above all else, keep it simple and true to your own style!