Three Ways to Wear a Blazer

   By shefinds  Sep 23, 2009

This season, we’re taking advantage of the great variety of blazers out there: boyfriend, cropped, and shrunken styles make them easier than ever to pair with just about everything in your closet. Here’s how we’ll be wearing them.

Check out our editors’ favorite blazers in our Blazer Guide on SheFinds.

Style 1: The Fashion-Biz Suit

It’s hard to take a black bootie-clad step at New York Fashion Week this season without encountering what we’ve come to acknowledge is the fashion industry’s take on a suit: Dark skinny jeans, blousy tee (for day) or embellished tank (for night), high-heeled pumps or booties, and a blazer.

This look is super easy to copy and tailor to your own body. If you’re tall or small-chested, top your denim with a boyfriend blazer. Petite ladies or those who need more support up top can opt for more fitted styles. 

Style 2: Make A Dress Work-Appropriate

We’ve all topped a favorite sundress with a cotton cardigan so it’d be acceptable for the office. For fall, throw a shrunken blazer over a less-structured frock for an even more polished, put-together silhouette. Wear it with tights, and there’s a very slim chance HR will get on your case.

Bonus: This is the ultimate day-to-night outfit ? just stow a sparkly pair of earrings in your work tote, and take off the jacket for cocktail hour.


Style 3: Make A Mini More Grown-Up

This one is a bit trickier to pull off, as the proportions need to be just right. But a blazer ? in any shape, really ? can take away the sometimes-tarty edge that miniskirts can have on anyone older than 15. 

Tuck a slim-fitting top into the skirt, then add opaque tights and flattering shoes, like pumps or even a ballet flat that won’t disrupt the leg line.

Check out the SheFinds' Editors' top picks for the best blazers, cardigans, flat shoes, and fall booties on

How can a blazer fit into your wardrobe? Are you embracing this trend? .


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southerngal072 by southerngal072 | Brunswick, GA
Dec 20, 2009

I agree that the styles look great; however, I'm not such a fan of the top hanging lower than the blazer (I admit I'm a little bit old-fashioned, and prefer the fresh starched white shirt tucked into crisp blue jeans with an awesome navy blazer and high heels). Am I just getting older or what?!

butterflytouch by butterflytouch | Burley, ID
Dec 07, 2009

Love it! Should work for everyone!

s029898 by s029898 | Ravenna, MI
Nov 13, 2009

I have a few blazers because they can be appropriate clothing for just about any setting. They can look casual, sporty, professional, and many other things. Great ideas!

estumpe by estumpe | Apollo Beach, FL
Nov 10, 2009

Just bought a 'shrunken' blazer for the fall - I really like the look with shorts and jeans

gabriel_maddie by gabriel_maddie | BROOKSVILLE, FL
Nov 08, 2009

Very interesting....great ideas to dress up or dress down a blazer.

socialgirl by socialgirl | Madison, WI
Nov 03, 2009

I love all of these outfit ideas! I just saw a picture of my girlfriend on Facebook wearing the 3rd style! She looks AWESOME!! Very classy and sexy!

newwife by newwife | antioch, CA
Nov 03, 2009

I have been wanting to try this trend but cannot find something that looks good on about some tips for larger ladies? thanks

Gott2beme by Gott2beme | Rockford, OH
Oct 29, 2009

Thank you for the info! I have a couple of blazers that have been sitting in my closet. I've been trying to come up with a few ideas to wear them! This is great!!

fergtina by fergtina | Kingston, WA
Oct 28, 2009

thanks for the info... some great ideas here

johnston270 by johnston270 | Madrid, NY
Oct 22, 2009

This is a good post

katejill by katejill | LOS ANGELES, CA
Oct 21, 2009

Great tips I'm gona try the first one. I have been wantting to wear my blazer but was not sure how. Thanks

kristinejanis by kristinejanis | Staten Island, NY
Oct 20, 2009

I like this post cause I have been doin all three ideas with just one blazer ;p sometimes the blazer itself wasn't recognized that i have worn it over and over with just different outfits :)

jlincon71 by jlincon71 | san antonio, TX
Oct 18, 2009

I liked all three ideas but tried the third one and got alot of compliments on my outfit thanks!

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Oct 16, 2009

I love blazers and wear them all of the can dress them up, or dress them down with jeans!

stkurtz by stkurtz | Uniontown, OH
Oct 15, 2009

I wear blazers through all the seasons. I love it with a buttoned white shirt, dark jeans and either heels or ballet flats.