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.
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Things you need
- Sweater or cardigan
- Button-down shirt
- Boots or pumps
- Skirt or shorts
- Closed-toe flats or sandals
- Jeans or khakis
- Gold accessories
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.
Tips and warnings
- Add sparkle to a blazer by pinning a brooch to one of the lapels.
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