February 23, 2019 at 12:32PM by CWC
What I’m about to say might sound incendiary, but what if you left your leather jacket hanging in your closet this spring and swapped it for another reliable throw-on-and-go: the oversized blazer? With a little more tailored flare, it’s a worthy alternative, especially considering some of the chic styles being released right now.
Its relaxed fit will make you feel like Jane Birkin with high-waisted denim, the epitome of Parisian chic when thrown over a little white lace dress, and have you channeling your inner ‘80s working girl when styled with matching trousers or shorts for a full-blown suit. Shopbop Fashion Director Caroline Maguire sums it up best: “There’s something really classic and timeless about a blazer,” she says. “A strong statement blazer in a bold color or print screams power.”
When it comes to shape, Maguire is all about those on the larger end of the spectrum. She observes, “We’re seeing a huge ‘80s movement as of late, especially with oversized plaid blazers. Shoulder pads are making a return, and I love to add them in to give tops some extra structure.”
And as for styling, there’s a lot of room to play with personal style. Wear a tuxedo blazer by day with denim and by night with a satin mini skirt, use the new topper to add some unexpected color into your look, or streamline the already-bold with a more classic menswear style. Maguire suggests her own twist on tailoring: “If I’m wearing a two-piece tailored suit, I typically pair it with a graphic T-shirt and sandals. It’s the perfect balance of professional and stylish.” To get a feel for what she means, check out the five outfit ideas below.
To keep it classic—with a twist—opt for a little white dress and hair bow to juxtapose the tailored feel of a double-breasted, deep navy blazer. Oh, and don’t forget a little bit of whimsy with a pair of floral boots and colorful jewelry.
Acne Studios Velvet Suit Jacket, $1,050
Ganni Slate Dress, $225
Dr. Martens Ankle Boot, $155
Roxanne Assoulin Rainbow Brite Bracelet, $75 each
Tailored and classic
When you’re looking for an easy way to dress up those blue jeans, look no further than an oversized blazer. Have fun with the new essential, though, by opting for a bright hue or something printed when topping your white T-shirt and loafer look.
The full suit
Another play on pattern this season, other than plaid, are check prints like houndstooth or gingham. Opt for a matching set (or leisure suit) and make it feel modern with an oversized blazer top and more cropped bottoms—maybe even an ’80s Yuppie short.
Zara Plaid Blazer, $70 And Zara Plaid Shorts, $40
Don’t just save your blazers for day wear. Keep them in rotation for cocktail parties and candlelit dinners, alike. Consider topping your slip dress with an oversized blazer instead of a more traditional coat for a going-out look you can wear with ease and the least amount of fuss.
Schutz Enida Sandals, $170
Suiting lovers gone rogue
When you really just want to wear the most comfortable pieces in your closet, an oversized tuxedo blazer is just the thing to instantly pull everything together. Underneath, keep that tux vibe going strong with a pleat-front tunic, untucked and thrown on over your favorite pair of ankle-cropped skinny jeans.
If you need more inspo, try these blazer style tips from a beauty editor who wears them 24/7.