Originating in 19th-century England, blazers are commonly associated with men. It is, however, becoming increasingly common to see women wearing this outerwear style. Some women stay away from navy-coloured blazers due to fear of looking like they are wearing a uniform. Wearing a navy blazer, however, need not mean looking like a student. Familiarise yourself with garments that can pair with a navy blazer in order to create different combinations and styles.
Opt for navy blazers made of heavier fabrics, such as velvet, wool or corduroy in colder temperatures. Wear the blazer over a crew-neck or turtleneck sweater. Choose either a solid-coloured sweater or one featuring stripes or another pattern. Alternatively, layer the blazer over a button-down shirt and a cardigan or tank top. Complete any of these looks with pumps or boots.
Choose a 3/4-sleeve navy blazer made of cotton for the warmer seasons. In summer, throw this garment over a camisole and skirt or shorts in light, summery shades of yellow, orange and pink. Complete the look with a pair of closed-toe flats or sandals.
Wear a navy blazer over a dress to give it a more structured, put-together look that can be tailored for any season. In warmer weather, pair the blazer with a dress made of a delicate fabric---silk, for example---that provides a contrast against the heavier fabric of the blazer. When it is cold, throw a blazer over a sweater dress and leggings. Dresses in colours such as beige, white and light shades of coral work well with navy.
Pair a navy blazer with light jeans or khakis. Because denim and khaki bottoms are available in both full-length and high-water styles, this combination suits any season. Be sure to choose light-wash (as opposed to dark) denim, which will help diversify the colour palette of the outfit.
Accessorise a navy blazer with gold jewellery and/or a belt with a gold buckle.
Add sparkle to a blazer by pinning a brooch to one of the lapels.
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- Add sparkle to a blazer by pinning a brooch to one of the lapels.