How to style a blazer: 5 ways to wear the fashion favourite
Tom Ford once said, "the blazer is the single most important piece in my wardrobe". But blazers aren't just meant for the office anymore—instead, these jackets are meant for more than just the daily grind.
Most of the styles you'll be seeing in stores filter down from the catwalk, and with fashion month drawing to an end, a change in season means it's time for a host of new fashion trends in 2023 to come to the fore. While sorting your shopping search results for the latest styles, the women's blazer feels tailor-made to solve the daily dilemma—what do I wear?
For many years, only the high-flying corporate woman donned the best blazer, but now the structured jacket has become an integral part of a fashionable woman's wardrobe. A building block for a capsule wardrobe of women's clothes, it's hard to think of an outfit that wouldn't work with a blazer.
From traditional office wear to jeans, a tailored jacket can pull any outfit together, seamlessly complementing even the most casual looks. Gen Woo offers tips and tricks for the perfect blazer outfit.
Dress your Blazer Up
Take your tailoring to new heights—whether a mini or a maxi, blazers can provide that little something extra if your outfit feels incomplete. Wear with your favourite skirt, and a blazer will take you from corporate meetings to cocktails with coworkers. Pair with heeled boots or match your blazer with your shoes to ensure your outfit is dressed to its fullest potential.
Dress your Blazer Down
You can take your look out of the office with a simple dressed-down blazer look. If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it—a blazer outfit with jeans and a white tee is the classic threesome that will never go out of style. Or look your best while feeling comfortable, and style your blazer with joggers or bike shorts. Whether running errands or heading to dinner with friends, this new and improved athleisure look can be worn on repeat throughout the year.
Perfect for Transitional Dressing
The blazer is the perfect garment to take you from one season to another; when you need to add that light extra layer, but it's too warm for a coat. The blazer is perfect for layering, and works just as well over a summer dress or long skirt as it does over jeans.
Make a Statement with Your Blazer
Take cues from Cher Horowitz's iconic style with plaid. But remember to work in some colour so the motif reads more sassy and stylish than a full-on school uniform. And why not opt for a monochromatic moment? Choose soft shade tailoring for SS23 or turn heads with head-to-toe red for the cooler months.
Blazers for 2023: Crop it like its Hot
Asymmetrical, slashed, or cut in half and sewn back together, cropped blazers are anything but boring. The New York-based designer Johnathan Simkhai offered a modern take on this trend paying homage to true tuxedo styling. His AW23 collection showcased a slinky maxi skirt and cropped blazer with silk lapels.
Another great reason to choose a cropped jacket is because it's a style that is universally flattering to a woman's figure as it hits at the waistline, especially useful if you're petite.
But how to style the cropped look? Style with high-waisted trousers for a smart look, or with cropped wide-leg trousers for a smart-casual, preppy day-to-night look. Why not try adding a polo short under yours, or a graphic tee for a more laid back grungy look?
Oversized Blazer: Bigger the Better
Supersized silhouettes stole the limelight at SS23 catwalks. It's the ultimate functional item of clothing to have in your wardrobe. The oversized blazer can be roomy enough to accommodate extra layering, and perfect as a Spring jacket.
Stella McCartney and Tibi put their spin on oversized blazer styles, realised in menswear-inspired cuts featuring rigid shoulders and extra-long sleeves. And if you're trying to keep your closet compact, an oversized blazer works overtime. Accompany your blazer, dress with a belt to define your waist, or keep a pair of bike shorts underneath to provide more coverage. Style with sleek stilettos or block-heel boots for a little bit of added height.
Our oversized blazers are double-breasted with a tailored lapel and available in navy or sheer pink, for effortless day-to-night styling. Pair with shorts, denim, trousers, a dress a jumpsuit or sweatpants for a super versatile look.
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