How To Wear A Blazer – Outfit Ideas For Women

Rock a blazer in more ways than one with amazing styling tips and outfit ideas.

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With this year’s fall blazer trend, it is time for you to stop wondering how to wear a blazer, and rock it. And you just happen to be in the right place for the perfect ideas! This article will show you all the amazing ways you can wear a blazer and look like a showstopper. Blazers are having the fashion comeback of the moment. They have undergone significant transformations, and you now have umpteen options to pick from. Scroll down and find them all!

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  • Color Choice: A solid black, brown, or navy-colored blazer goes well with almost every outfit.
  • Forwear: Opt for long boots, pumps, gladiators, transparent heels, or sneakers for a statement look.
  • Shoulder: If you have broad shoulders, go for blazers without a collar. If you have narrow shoulders, use shoulder pads to complement your body shape.
  • Maintenance: Brush off your blazer after every wear, hang them on wooden hangers, and get them dry cleaned after every 2-3 months for better shape and longevity.

Types Of Blazers 

Blazers come in all colors, prints, cuts, and fabrics, and your options now are practically endless. Whatever it is that you choose to go for, you need to know the basic styles and understand how to buy them. Every brand has its own take on these, but the fundamentals remain the same. Let’s take a look at them.

1. Single Breasted Or Buttoned Blazer

How to wear a single-breasted or buttoned blazer
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A single button or single-breasted suit essentially has one button that connects the sides of your blazer. This style suits all body types and occasions. Choose fabrics and styles that are slightly informal if it’s not for work. Adding a tie to this outfit is a great way to create a sophisticated and polished look. This style has been in fashion for over 70 years now.

2. Double Breasted Or Buttoned Blazer

How to wear a double-breasted or buttoned blazer
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Two-button blazers are extremely formal, and more popular than your regular/single button blazer. It has more fabric and covers your shirt, unlike the single button ones. People are moving out of the single-breasted blazer wagon because the idea of a formal blazer has changed over time.

3. Peplum Blazer

How to wear a peplum blazer
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Peplum blazer is incredibly fancy, and takes the shape of the peplum cut. There’s something about this cut that makes these look irresistible. You get both elegant and formal variants in these. They look exceptionally good with formal skirts and pencil pants.

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A blazer can be dressed down for a more casual, relaxed look. Style a black peplum blazer with a dark T-shirt, ripped ankle skinny jeans in a grayish-blue wash, black pointed-toe heels, and a black studded leather belt to finish the look.

4. Waterfall Blazer

How to wear a waterfall blazer

Waterfall blazer is not a blazer per se, but this is more blazer than your shrug. It has caught on like wildfire. Officewear, power dressing, work look, etc. are evolving rapidly, and these are getting acceptable at work, and otherwise too.

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This is a piece that may be used all year round. It will look stunning with a dress as well as a pair of cut-off shorts during the hot months and is ideal for those cooler days or nights. Layering is a great way to create different looks with a blazer. Layer a merino or jumper underneath a jacket during wintertime.

How To Wear A Blazer

1. Blazer With A Button Down Shirt

How to wear a blazer with a button-down shirt
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Blazers for work used to mean a complete matching suit, but that has changed now. While there’s nothing wrong with wearing matching suits, matching separates is the new thing. Pencil skirt and a white button-down shirt with a brown checkered single-breasted blazer looks dapper.

2. Blazer Dress

How to wear a blazer dress
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Now, I’m sure you haven’t seen anything quite like this, have you? A short, draped blazer-style dress with a pair of bold red pumps is your way to go.

Don’t forget to complete the fashionable look with a cat-eye or oversized sunglasses.

3. Informal Blazer With Skinny Jeans/Leggings

How to wear an informal blazer with skinny jeans or leggings
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If you are all about flaunting your legs in a skinny pair of jeans and pairing that with a blazer, go for a plain button up shirt, preferably white, and go all out with a casual blazer. Swap your jeans with a pair of leggings or jeggings to take the look a notch higher.

Ivana Split, a blogger, believes that a blazer and jeans combination can never go out of style. She writes, “As I already said, pairing denim with a red blazer is a no-brainer. Jeans are a practical item, and most of us don’t give it up even during the summer months. When it comes to styling jeans in summer, I recommend opting for cropped ones (i).”

4. Turtle Neck T-Shirt, Blazer, And Converse Shoes

How to wear a turtle neck t-shirt blazer and converse shoes
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Turtleneck T-shirts are uber cute and effortlessly stylish. So, how do you up this already stylish game? Just throw on a blazer of your choice. Completing this look with converse shoes will make the outfit quite the charmer. You can add a hat for an extra element of chicness to your blazer outfit. Choose a fedora or a wide-brimmed hat for a classic and timeless look, or a baseball cap or a bucket hat for a more casual and laid-back vibe.

5. Black Sequin Blazer

How to wear a black sequin blazer
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A crop top style-sequin blazer with a pair of printed pants will take your party look to a whole new level. If the blazer comes with a simple sequin bordering, go with a sequin tank top; or, just stick to basics like a stylish blouse, tube or spaghetti top. Put your hair up in a chignon updo, and wear lipstick, wedges, and a sling bag.

6. Pink Blazer And A White Shirt

How to wear a pink blazer and a white shirt
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Throw on a muted pink blazer over your classic blue jeans-white shirt pairing and make it look like the world is your runway. Wear matching footwear and fine jewelry to complete the chic look.

7. Black Striped Oversize Blazer And A V-Neck T-Shirt

How to wear a black striped oversize blazer and a v-neck t-shirt
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A pair of mommy jeans, a V-neck T-shirt, ankle strap transparent pumps, deep red lipstick, a high bun, and an oversized black and white blazer will set your mood right for a retro night.

8. White Blazer And Matching Set

How to wear a white blazer and matching set
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Bored of wearing one piece long or short dresses for weddings? Try the matching suit sets that have taken over the clothing lines over the last few seasons. The draped, tieable, waterfall style blazers look cute over a pair of well fitted, ankle length pants. But, if you are wearing white, make sure you check with the host or choose another color in this style.

9. Chambray Blazer

How to wear a chambray blazer
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Denim jackets don’t pass off as blazers, but if you are a fan of the finish, chambray blazer is your way to go. They look stylish and go perfectly with denims, shorts, skirts or dresses alike. Fold the sleeves if you are a fan of quarter sleeves.

10. Shorts, Blazer, And A Scarf

How to wear shorts blazer and a scarf
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Who says you cannot wear a blazer over shorts? Tuck in a plain V-neck T-shirt into light washed denim shorts, and wear a bandana or satin scarf. Finish the look with a pair of pumps, a small body bag, and tousled waves – slay it in style.

11. Formal Bodycon Dress With A Waterfall Style Blazer

How to wear a formal bodycon dress with a waterfall style blazer
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Blazers with one piece dresses are increasingly becoming popular, and not just the formal kinds. Blazers in the waterfall style will make you look like someone who knows her dressing game.

12. Two-Button Blazer For Work

How to wear a two-button blazer for work
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Your standard two-button blazer work look is the epitome of power dressing. If you are headed to an important meeting or an interview, invest in a formal blazer like this one and wear it on days like these. Gray, black, blue, and checkered blazers are versatile and can be played around with depending on the rest of your outfit. So, it depends on how creative you can get, and how to make it seem new every time.

13. Linen Blazer

How to wear a linen blazer
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Linen and pure cotton are making a comeback thanks to slow fashion and other fashion movements. If you are into sustainable clothing, cotton or prefer light cotton clothes in summer, a linen blazer will be a stylish addition.

14. Colored Blazer Over Culottes

How to wear a colored blazer over culottes
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The idea of wearing a blazer over something that is well fitted and body defining has been the norm for the longest time. But, you guessed it right, that’s changing too. Adding a pop of contrast or coral colors to your culottes or palazzo pants is now considered cool.

15. Blazer With Sweater In Winters

How to wear a blazer with a sweater in winters
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How did we not think of this before? A sweater inside and a suit outside? Remember that as long as it’s not outlandish and still stylish, power dressing has a lot of scope for you to explore.

Infographic: 5 Popular Ways To Wear A Blazer

Need help styling your blazer in some of the most popular ways out there? Great, because this section is here to help you. Check out the infographic below to gather everything you need to know about getting your blazer game on point so that you can look stylish and trendy.

5 popular ways to wear a blazer (infographic)

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If your blazers are gathering dust in your closet because you don’t know how to wear them, it’s time to take them out. It is a versatile piece that can be layered and dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Today, blazers come in different shapes, fabrics, and sizes – with different collar, lapel, and pocket styles. That is why it is essential to understand how to wear a blazer suitable to your body type. The good news is, a buttoned or double-breasted blazer can go with any outfit for any occasion. You can either style your blazers with a pair of leggings or blue denim and accessorize up your fashion game.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a blazer, a coat, and a suit?

Blazers are usually stand-alone jackets that are considered formal, but they swing both ways depending on the fabric, pattern, and print. A suit is more elaborate, almost always used for formal and semi-formal occasions, and comes in a trousers-blazer combo. A coat is more like a jacket that is used in cold weathers and comes in all shapes and lengths. It can sometimes look like a blazer, but it is not one.

What should you not wear with a blazer?

You can team anything with a blazer if you style them right. However, it is best to avoid empire waist and peplum tops as they do not go well with the silhouette of the blazer.

Should the blazer be tight or loose?

A blazer can be tight or loose, depending on the look you want. If you want to create a formal vibe, make sure it is well-fit, but if you want to opt for a more casual style, loose and relaxed blazers are for you.

What color blazer is the most versatile?

Gray is believed to be one of the most versatile colors of blazers. It goes well with both formal and informal styles.

Can you wear black jeans with a blazer?

Yes, you can wear black jeans with a blazer as it is a neutral color. Team it with a charcoal or gray blazer to create a more sophisticated look.

Key Takeaways

  • Blazers are available in a range of cuts, shades, and fabrics. They can be styled according to the occasion and your body type.
  • Single and double-breasted blazers are popular power-dressing options, whereas peplum and waterfall blazers are fancier and can be dressed up with formal skirts or pants for a semi-formal look.
  • Blazers can be worn formally with a pencil skirt or trousers, semi-formally with a button-down shirt and skinny jeans, or you can choose to go completely informal by pairing the blazer with printed pants, shorts, or a t-shirt.
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