Last week we rounded up a bunch of summer blazers — I thought I’d put together a few outfits using some of the pieces. Ladies, what are your favorite ways to wear summer blazers? Do you try to make sure your outfit looks good both with or without your blazer, or are you ok with looking a little unfinished on your commute? (Or, is your blazer the afterthought, and do you just throw on whichever blazer you keep at the office?)
Work Outfit Idea #1: Floaty Blues
In addition to an interesting white blouse and a pencil skirt, I pictured this classic, hip-length blazer with a scarf. A scarf can be a great way to play with the colors of a blazer if you want to. You can pick out a small color featured in the scarf and use it to tie another element together (such as if you went with a dark green skirt here instead of a simple navy one), to help you decide what color shoes to wear (you could easily go with beige heels with these light colors, but I pulled out the black in the scarf to go with basic black pumps), or even start to play with patterns, such as if we’d mixed a pinstriped skirt with the floral scarf. My favorite way to wear scarves is long and loose, like a second interior collar to the blazer, but you can check out all of our ideas for how to wear scarves to work. (Plus: if you end up taking your blazer off your outfit still looks more finished than it might if it were just a white blouse and navy skirt.)
(On the hunt for basic black pumps? Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels.)
Work Outfit Idea #2 – Basic Black, Taupe, and White
This taupey, browney clay color is one of my favorite colors for suits and blazers (outside of the typical black/navy/gray) because it’s such an easy color to pair with neutrals. I’m comfortable in all black, so I’d probably wear this as a summery topper to a simple black blouse and pant combo — to add a third color here I’ve added the white pearls and an affordable white tote to make it just a bit more summery. (If this feels a little heavy to you, you can always flip the black/white, and wear a white blouse and white pants instead.) This is an easy look to infuse more personality to on a more casual day — if the scallops on the blazer feel a bit twee to you (and you can swing it at your office), a trendy black leather choker might be an interesting look instead of pearls, along with an edgier pump or Rockstud flat.
Work Outfit Idea #3: A Study in Grays
Blazers can be hard to pair with dresses — in my experience, shrunken blazers like this affordable Uniqlo (“cardigan jacket”) are the best ones to try. Gray isn’t my favorite color, but it can be really powerful when worn as a monotone outfit, playing with different textures and temperatures of gray. I was originally looking for a strong statement necklace in a color (this red one from last week would do nicely also), but this collar bib necklace is winning rave reviews over at Nordstrom and comes in several colors. (The necklace does have a leather backing with a magnetic closure — if it’s too much for a hot and sticky commute you can always keep it in your bag until you get to work.) Bright lipsticks are super in right now; if you’re more of a traditional sort go for a basic red lip if you feel like your outfit needs some color. (Note that YSL products are eligible for a gift with purchase right now if you’re stocking up.)