For someone who believes in the importance of a well-curated wardrobe, there is one piece that will always have priority in my closet. You can probably guess that it’s the blazer since I’m always wearing them on Instagram and my blog. Given my affinity for blazers, I have no qualms about investing in a quality, high-end version because I know it will last for years. Not only are they the epitome of timeless style, but they’re one of the most versatile pieces you can own, making the investment worth it. If you’re not yet convinced that a splurging on a blazer is for you, I wanted to share just how functional this piece is. Below are 10 different ways to wear an investment blazer.
Isabel Marant Belt (wearing an S) | Topshop Blazer (wearing a US 2) | AGOLDE Denim Skirt (wearing a 23) | Dior Lucky Locket Necklace (similar here, better for budget here) | Gucci Marmont Mini Bag | Quay Sunglasses | Hermes Sandals (better for budget here)
Whether you’re opting for an oversized investment blazer or a tailored one, have a ton of flexibility when it comes to style. To achieve a more fitted look, all you need to do is cinch it at the waist. Doing so accentuates the smallest part of the waist and compliments your curves. Keep it casual with a simple leather belt, or dress it up with something bolder like a chain belt.
Balmain Blazer (better for budget here) | Topshop Shorts (wearing a 2P) | Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Linen Tote | Tamara Mellon Heels (run TTS) | ATM Black Bodysuit | Dior Necklace (sold out, similar here and here) | Givenchy Sunglasses
With High-Waisted Shorts
You don’t need to stash away an investment blazer during the warmer months. This outerwear piece looks great with high-waisted or paper bag shorts and adds polish to an otherwise relaxed outfit. If shorts are allowed in your workplace, this would even be a perfect business casual look for the long summer days.
As a Pop of Color
If you decide to stray away from safe neutrals, a brighter investment blazer is great for adding that pop of color or texture to any look. To make it easy, you can dress in neutrals for the foundation of your outfit and add the statement blazer on top. Despite going for a much louder color, it still looks incredibly classic.
Over the Shoulder
Blazers make for amazing photo or styling opportunities too. One of my go-to poses when shooting outfit photos is to drape an investment blazer over my shoulders. Not only is this an incredibly chic way to tie the whole look together, but it comes off so effortless and undone. Once you get the shot, you can pop it on for more practical use!
Balmain Blazer (wearing an FR34, better for budget here) | ASTR The Label Cutout Turtleneck | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Nike Cortez Sneakers | New Era NY Hat | Quay Sunglasses | Prada Cahier Bag
I will never get bored of a good monochromatic look. Luckily, this trend is still in style so use it to your advantage when styling your own investment blazer. For example, one of my favorite blazers is a tailored version with gold buttons. To complete the outfit, simply dress in the same color range and add accessories with similar hardware for that monochromatic effect.
BCBG Blazer (wearing an XS, similar here) | Gucci Belt (read my ‘Gucci Belt Sizing Guide’ HERE – wearing a size 70) | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels | Gucci Marmont Bag (similar here)
For a Night Out
A smart blazer isn’t just made for business meetings. You can easily dress it up for formal events – or even in a sexier and feminine way. Layer a fitted blazer over a lace bralette and leather pants. Then, cinch it at the waist with a statement belt and throw on sexy heels for a look that is sure to turn heads wherever you go.
Lioness Blazer | CAMI NYC Black Lace Tank | Topshop White Denim (wearing a 24, size up) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels (better for budget here) | Gorjana Gold Choker | Quay Aviator Sunglasses | Chanel Bag
Probably one of the most iconic blazer combinations of all time is the power suit. Everyone from the typical businessman to the chicest off-duty model are rocking their own version of the suit. All you need to do is pair your investment blazer with a coordinating pair of trousers and you’re ready to step out the door.
Another one of my favorite ways to balance out the formality of a blazer is by pairing it with something more casual, such as denim. In the warmer seasons, I am a big fan of wearing a smart blazer with cut off shorts and skirts because of their undone vibe. However, you can also never go wrong with a pair of skinnies or distressed boyfriend jeans. A vintage graphic or slogan tee always looks great underneath a blazer.
Balmain Blazer (wearing an FR34, better for budget here) | Gucci Belt (wearing a size 70 – read my ‘Gucci Belt Sizing Guide’ HERE) | Asos Black Dress
Gucci Tights (wearing an S) | Givenchy Sunglasses | Chanel Bag | Revolve Heels
Over a Dress
You can also throw a tailored blazer on top of a dress. Whether you are going for something more feminine, tailored, or minimal, this dress-and-blazer combo is incredibly easy to achieve. Leave the blazer unbuttoned for a more relaxed vibe. But if you want to take it up a notch, layer on the blazer and add a belt to cinch in the waist.
Madewell Velvet Blazer (sold out, similar here) | Manolo Blahnik Heels (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent Red Envelope Bag | Similar Chandelier Earrings (exact sold out from Zara) | MAC Red Lipstick (in ‘Russian Red’ and ‘Dangerous’ shades)
As a Dress
If your investment blazer happens to be long enough, you can skip a dress altogether and just wear the blazer instead. Blazer dresses are still having a moment. I love these because they manage to create a hybrid between business and play, making it the perfect transitional piece from work to dinner during the summer.