According fashion magazines Marie Claire and InStyle, the blazer is one of the must-have items for women in 2011. Both the boyfriend blazer and the tailored blazer provide plenty of options to update pre-existing outfits in your closet, but knowing how to wear them can be a guessing game. Pairing a blazer with jeans allows you to go from day to night, dressed appropriately for a wide variety of situations, but it is important to put the right blazer with the right pair of jeans to look your best.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Pair light with light and dark with dark. Wear dark-coloured blazers such as black, grey or navy with dark indigo wash or black jeans for a clean look. The dark on dark look is similar to a suit and can sometimes help you get away with wearing jeans to work. Likewise, light-coloured blazers, such as white or cream, look great with pale and acid washed jeans. Pairing light with light and dark with dark helps you create a uniform look without being too matchy.
Pick a shiny fabric for a dressy look. Pair a great pair of jeans with a satin or shimmery blazer to add a dash of glamour to your look without being too dressy. Go for a shimmery blazer in an earth tone such as taupe, beige or brown for a fun day look. Try a blazer in a metallic shade such as gold, bronze or silver with a pair of black skinny jeans for a night out on the town. Use a small accessory that coordinates with your shiny blazer, such as a chunky bracelet or standout earrings, but don't go overboard -- you want the blazer to be your statement piece.
Focus on the cut and shape. The boyfriend blazer is slightly oversized and slouchy and looks great with super-skinny jeans. You need something tailored and form fitting on the bottom to counteract the excess fabric on top. The classic, tailored tuxedo blazer is usually more form fitting and professional looking. You can wear a tuxedo-cut blazer with skinny or boot-cut jeans. A tuxedo blazer is perfect for a woman who want to show off her waist while wearing a blazer.
Try a distinctive fabric if you are feeling adventurous. Seersucker blazers can be perfect for spring and summer, while velvet blazers are warm and cosy for winter. You can step out of your comfort zone by investing in a blazer in an eye-catching fabric, but tone it down by pairing it with a simple white T-shirt and classic pair of jeans.
Tips and warnings
- You can also pair a blazer with a skirt or dress to give some of your old outfits a new lease on life.
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