I Have a Closet Full of Blazers—These Are My 5 Favorite Ways to Wear Them

I remember my first blazer purchase like it was yesterday. I was twenty years old and had landed an interview for a summer internship at a digital fashion publication that I had my heart set on getting. I had nothing professional in my wardrobe at the time, so I frantically drove to a Zara location an hour away from my college campus to snag the last of a particular oversize floral blazer in my size. I also bought the matching skort, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I wore a skort to an interview, so we’ll ignore that for now despite the fact that I did land the position.

Anyway, six years later and I’ve accumulated more blazers than I can count. Well technically the number is 11, but you get the idea: I own a lot of blazers. I started wearing them outside of the workplace a few years ago and have never looked back. They not only make even the most casual of outfits feel more polished, as you’ll see below, but all of my oversize-fitting ones offer up a cool factor that you just can’t get with any other outerwear. (Just ask Hailey Bieber!) Lately, I’ve been wearing blazers on repeat, styling them in these five specific ways.

Remember when every single one of your co-workers would show up to work in a very similar plaid blazer at least one day a week from October to February? Because same. I got so much use out of this one, in particular, the first year I bought it and still work it into my outfit rotations now. I love this simple styling idea for days when it’s kind of fall, kind of not. Side note: That top is actually my favorite ever ribbed tank.

I love how chic an all-black outfit looks 100% of the time, especially when a blazer is involved. Since I was already wearing combat boots, I typically would have gravitated toward a cropped leather jacket here, but the weather had other plans for me. I love how this ‘fit came together with the blazer and am already brainstorming what other minidresses to wear with this one.

I finally tossed all of the crop tops I wore to parties in college about a year ago. It was a sad, but necessary, task. Now if I’m going to wear a top that shows my stomach, it has to be under one of three circumstances: 1) I’m at or within a quarter-mile of the beach; 2) It’s a fancier blouse that shows no cleavage; 3) I’m wearing a very oversize blazer on top. Here is an example of how I’d style a crop top for option three.

I’ll admit that I was quite late to the party on biker shorts, but I’m most definitely here now. I recently started wearing them well beyond my workouts and don’t plan to turn back any time soon. Pairing the shorts with a blazer, like this other plaid favorite of mine, feels very elevated while still allowing me to rock a comfy fit. Win-win.

A button-down, loafers, cropped jeans, and a pinstripe blazer are all wardrobe staples on their own and make for an easy classic look when paired together. I don’t think you can really go wrong with this one.

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