8 Blazer Looks (for outside the office)

For the longest time, every time I put on a blazer, I felt like an imposter.  I knew in my head that they were chic and stylish, but I just couldn’t get over feeling like I looked like I was masquerading as some high-powered businesswoman (probably with crumbs on my face. Nothing says C-suite like pizza lunch remnants).

I was at my second home a few weeks ago and grabbed this ponte knit blazer.  If you’ve known me for about 4 seconds, you’ll know that I basically NEVER buy anything for full-price.  But this blazer I grabbed and purchased without even taking it to the dressing room.  The knit material makes it a lot easier to dress down, and it’s super comfortable and soft.  If you’re in the market for a ponte blazer, I highly recommend this one.

(Not being paid in the least to say this, I just love this blazer.  Although, Target, if you’re out there and WANT to send me money, I would not turn you down.)

Here are a few ways I’ve found to help it feel decidedly un-office-y:

1. With an A-line skirt.  There’s no better way, in my opinion, to mitigate the professionalism of a blazer than with a pretty floral A-line skirt and some bright tights.  It’s business on top, but all fun on the bottom.

Skirt: Downeast Basics (similar); Shirt: Forever 21 (similar); Tights: Target; Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar); Shoes: Target (very similar)

2. Over a knit sweater and sequins.  Sparkle, softness, structure, it’s all here.  I love the blazer layered over a sweater, and those calm and collected basics are perfect with a bit of glam.

Sweater: H&M (similar); Skirt: Forever 21 (similar); Tights Old Navy; Wedges: Target (similar); Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar); Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington

3. Under a vest with bright pants.  Also is a great way to winterize those colored skinnies.

Vest: Land’s End; Pants: Target (similar); Shirt: H&M (similar); Booties: Payless

4. Over a sweatshirt.  Few things scream casual more than a sweatshirt.  Throwing a blazer on top is the perfect way to give a sweatshirt some structure and make it look a little nicer.

Sweatshirt: Banana Republic (similar); Jeans: Forever 21; Belt: J.Crew Factory (similar); Ankle Boots: Old Navy; Socks: Uniqlo

5. Over some bold pattern-mixing.  I tend to gravitate toward pattern mixing in smaller doses.  Going bold can be fun, but a little intimidating.  I toned down the statement-making stripes and plaid with this easy basic.

Flannel shirt: Target (similar); Skirt: Old Navy; Sweater tights: Target; Ankle Boots: Old Navy; Necklace: c/o Eclectic Ornaments; Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington

6. Over a Dress.  I love the juxtaposition of the flowy and girly dress with the slightly masculine blazer.

Dress: Downeast Basics (similar); Shoes: Target (very similar); Sweater tights: Target; Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar); Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington

7. Over patterned pants. I often struggle styling these pants, so neutralizing them and making them seem a little less tweeny with a structured-but-not-too-much blazer is just right.

Shirt: Forever 21; Pants: Target (similar); Ankle Boots: Old Navy; Scarf: from India

8. Over layers.  Button down, sweater, blazer.  Perfect layering, in my opinion.  Especially with a bit of gingham peeking through.

Shirt: J.Crew Factory; Sweater: Old Navy; Jeans; Forever 21; Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar); Socks: Uniqlo

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