Why Blazers Are Going To Be Fall's Favorite Jacket

We may not be going back to school, but our wardrobes certainly are. Blazers were paired with everything from step-hem jeans to bohemian floral dresses at Copenhagen Fashion Week, and we're sure we'll be wearing them through fall and winter, too.

The traditionally preppy piece has been reimagined and, trust us, you’ll want in. We're talking power suits, oversized jackets, and shoulder pads. These words may conjure a fear of permed hair and over-the-top colors, but fret not — the formal blazer has been revitalized and given a contemporary refresh..

Originally the uniform of old boys’ clubs — complete with naval-style gold embellishments and a house crest — the garment's stuffy connotations were ripped up in the early ‘60s by Mods wearing boating blazers on the streets of London. After bands like The Who, The Kinks, and The Beatles wore the trend, the '80s rolled around, with women adopting the conservative style of corporate men. The era saw knee-length skirts, turtleneck sweaters, and razor-sharp tailoring take the relationship between masculine and feminine dressing to a whole new level.

Come the '90s, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Blur’s Graham Coxon brought the blazer to the Britpop scene (paired with battered Converses and a skinny tie), with Elastica’s Justine Frischmann layering over a band tee or a classic white shirt. Since then, we’ve seen Kate Moss bring a sexier edge to the rock 'n' roll blazer, and it’s become a staple of French style when worn with rolled-up sleeves and messed-up hair.

So, how did designers reimagine the jacket du jour for spring? Gucci gave it an eccentric and whimsical twist, with sharp lapel piping in bright colors, gold fabrics, and floral embroidery, while Saint Laurent’s were given a super-sexy Grace Jones touch. DKNY served up extreme proportions — think tiny waists, wide shoulders, and extra-long sleeves — and Off-White put a sporty spin on white blazers with mismatched hems, baseball caps, and racing stripes.

We saw traditional grays and checks at Topshop Unique and Chanel, alongside Prada’s hyper-feminine red and yellow fitted number. In contrast, Demna Gvasalia super-sized the shape at Balenciaga, while Céline presented — as you’d expect — the most wearable and chic workwear jackets.

There's ample proof the traditional blazer can be spun every which way, so there's really a shape, hue, and style to suit everyone. Click through to see how Instagram's most stylish women are bringing the piece back to life.

Madrid-based stylist Maria Bernad schools us in the art of belting. The jacket is just oversized enough to add a masculine vibe, but the emerald-green platforms and cinched waist help avoid men's jacket territory.
We've fallen for Adwoa Aboah's relaxed style. She's made her pinstripe Ganni blazer look totally effortless with an over-the-shoulder bumbag, OTT pom poms, and a silk PJ shirt.
This pink and grey check was spotted by street style photographer Diego, a.k.a. Collage Vintage. Pair this heritage print with contemporary details, such as fishnet tights and the Gucci T-shirt of the moment.
Man Repeller's Leandra Medine doing what she does best: Here, she spins the formality of the YSL tuxedo with calf-length trousers and a colorful clutch.
Blogger and podcast host Pandora Sykes nabbed this camel Gucci wool blazer for around $60 at Portobello Market. Sykes keeps it relaxed with a slogan T-shirt and pinstriped trousers.
We love On Y Go blogger Dilan's oversized tailored blazer – and what better way to cinch it than a neon yellow airplane-style belt?
Camille Charrière's textured blazer is the way to wear this transitional piece – extra points for those oversized shirt sleeves peeking out.
You can count on ASOS Insider Debbie Shasanya for two things: a good tailored suit, and a great pair of heels. Her pairing of brown and hot pink is genius; all that's needed is a cuff bracelet and Sade-style gold hoops.
Courtney Trop of style and music blog Always Judging wears the Céline suit of our dreams. This blazer would stand up on its own – as a complete package, it's your next dinner date outfit.
If you're frightened of a formal look, follow the lead of Stockholm-based creative consultant and fashion writer Fanny Ekstrand. She makes the classic blazer casual with a denim jacket and leopard print flares, and the results are excellent.
Italian babe Francesca Cristini's Armani blazer is another vintage steal. This is the perfect, slightly countryside-apropos look.
Debora Rosa, fashion editor at Fashiion Gone Rouge, wears her Zara blazer in a classic way – the & Other Stories fanny pack brings it into 2017.
We love blogger Hanna Stefansson's kick-flare Hope suit. She gives the classic print a spring update with a pair of pointy-toed blue heels.
New York writer and stylist Indya Brown proves that when you wear a blazer, you're the boss. Her pinstripe number is teamed with a black roll-neck, for supremely profesh vibes.
Extravagant sleeves will be a staple of your spring wardrobe, and Manchester blogger Lizzy Hadfield's jacket sleeves are the ideal blazer refresh.
Another great lesson from Hadfield – don't be afraid to mix prints. Breton stripes and herringbone check are great bedfellows.
Another Zara winner. There are three reasons this outfit steals the show: the waist-nipping Gucci belt, that J.W.Anderson Pierce bag, and the artfully placed off-the-shoulder blazer.
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