Now, it's time to make that baby work overtime! Seriously — the new menswear-inspired blazer can do so much more than you might think. Ahead, we're showing you a trio of looks that can take you from a Monday afternoon meeting to a Saturday night dinner. You did the hard part — we'll take it from here.
Meeting With Your Boss
A sassy, sharp blazer adds just the right amount of "take me seriously" cred to a colorful circle skirt and ladylike top. Paired with a cherry-red satchel, manageable ankle-strap heels, and simple earrings, this jacket-and-skirt combo can take you from a client lunch to happy hour without skipping a beat.
Clockwise from top left: Forever 21 Twisted Knot Studs, $5.80, available at Forever 21; Tara Jarmon Wool Blazer in Marine, $480, available at Stylebop; Banana Republic Evan Convertible Leather Crossbody Bag, $168, available at Banana Republic; Peter Pilotto Carla Printed Skirt, $1,124, available at Matches; Nine West Chanterelle Pump, $99, available at Piperlime; Mango Sheer Panel Blouse, $24.99, available at Mango.
Big Night Out
Most of us have at least one dress that's only brought out for special occasions. Whether your twice-a-year frock is shiny, sequined, or super-short, a structured blazer can tone it down enough for a regular night out. Top your statement dress with a tailored jacket, add tights for warmth, and swipe on a bright pink shade for a pop of color. Cheeky leopard ankle boots season the look with a dash of quirk.
Clockwise from top left: Tara Jarmon Wool Blazer in Marine, $480, available at Stylebop; Parker Racer Back Sequin Dress, $398, available at Intermix; Ralph Lauren Opaque Control-Top Tights, $18, available at Ralph Lauren; BCBG Max Azria Harlow Textured Envelope Clutch, $78, available at BCBG; Schutz Aissa Booties, $180, available at Schutz; Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Electric Pink Matte, $20, available at Smashbox.
If your New Year's resolution was to step it up in the off-duty style department, then you'll want to commit this equation to memory: cool jacket + sweater + leather = easy win. In this case, a sleek blazer takes your standard tunic-and-leggings to the next level. We recommend pushing up the sleeves, slipping on some cooler-than-school high-tops, and grabbing a timeless bucket bag before you head out for weekend adventures.
Clockwise from top left: Tara Jarmon Wool Blazer in Marine, $480, available at Stylebop; Joie Soft Joie Ranger Sweater, $138, available Joie; H&M Imitation Leather Trousers, $34.95, available at H&M; Vanessa Mooney Siouxie Necklace, $195, available at Shopbop; Coach Classic Duffle, $398, available at Coach; Ash Virgin Sneaker, $185, available at Ash.