Today’s reader mail comes from someone curious about what to wear with a white blazer…
I heard that white blazers are very versatile for work, so I purchased one from Banana Republic: Women: White blazer – White
But I was having trouble matching it up with other clothes (shirts, pants, skirts), because it’s such a stark white, and I can’t really wear white shirts underneath it. Any suggestions? Thank you!-------Sponsored--------
First, we would recommend adopting the policy that, when money and opportunity present themselves, that you always buy all pieces of a matching set. We used to just buy cardigans, then wish we had the matching shell; the same will inevitably go with this blazer, which has several pairs of pants that match it (one of which is on sale: Women: Jackson sleek wide-leg pant – White). That said, there are tons of things you can wear with a white blazer that are otherwise not matching. Gray pants and a black blouse will be spiffed up and made more summery with a white jacket, perhaps with a bold necklace or pair of pumps to add a pop of color (think yellow or red). The paisley printed blouse we featured earlier today would look great with a navy pencil skirt, accented with a white blazer. Pretty much any color combination will work — we would even argue that the only one to avoid is black pants and a white shirt, worn with a white blazer, but that’s only because of our general distaste at wearing white and black together in combinations that might get you mistaken for a waiter. (We understand that may be peculiar to us, though. We’re working on it.)
The trick with having a versatile white blazer is to make sure that it’s fitted enough, or has enough details, that it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a lab coat. Avoid boxy shapes at all costs. A belt, as illustrated in the photograph from Banana Republic, will make it more fitted — it will also let you experiment with brighter, fuller skirts that you otherwise might not be wearing to your job.
Readers, any other tips?