Blazer season is definitely here! A blazer is the perfect go-to for fall to add not only a little warmth as the weather cools – but also plenty of style.
Here are the best blazer styles for women to instantly add some pizzazz to your outfits.
What is a blazer?
First of all, it might seem like a silly question, but what is a blazer? How do you define whether something is a suit jacket or a blazer?
Blazers were originally developed for men for when an occasion wasn’t formal enough to merit a full suit, but still required a degree of smartness.
For instance, if you were heading to the yacht club or the golf club.
Nowadays, there are an infinite number of beautiful blazer styles for women, whether you are looking for a smart look for work or a formal event, or a more casual style for weekends.
Here are some of the best blazers to choose from. But, first, some general tips on choosing blazer styles that will work for you.
Tips on choosing the best blazer styles
1. Your body shape
It can be easy to think that a blazer is just one style, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
As with the rest of your closet, think about what blazer style will work best with your body shape.
Here is how to determine body shape if you aren’t sure what yours is.
For example, you might want to opt for a belted blazer to show off your hourglass figure. Or you may choose a boyfriend blazer to complement your rectangle shape, or to skim over your apple shape tummy.
Sandra (above) chooses a figure-skimming floral blazer.
For more style inspiration, read our article on how to wear blazer with jeans
2. Color is important
Not only will the color blazer you choose help to set the tone of your outfit, but it can also create a flattering look, as well as bringing your outfit up-to-date.
If you are a pear shape, for example, you are likely to want to draw attention away from your hips and thighs. You could do this with a brightly colored blazer.
Monika (above) wears a beautiful blue blazer and keeps her pants neutral.
For color inspiration here are the best colors for fall 2019.
3. The right fit of a blazer
You can buy the most stylish blazer in the world, but if the fit is wrong, it will make your whole outfit look somehow “off”.
Monica (above) chooses a blazer which fits perfectly at her shoulders.
Here is how to fit a blazer, including making sure your shoulders and sleeves fit.
4. Double breasted or single breasted
Double-breasted is very on-trend right now, but single-breasted can be easier to wear.
That’s because a double-breasted style tends to add width, while a single-breasted blazer has an elongating effect.
Natalie (above) shows how to choose a double-breasted blazer in a flattering style.
Note how her buttons don’t go straight down, but are fitted diagonally for a slimming effect.
5. The length of women’s blazers
As with the rest of your clothes, shoes and boots, you can use the length of your blazer to draw attention to the areas you love and disguise the areas you aren’t so keen on.
So, if you aren’t happy with your hips, for example, you won’t want your blazer to end right at your widest part.
Of, if you want to disguise your tummy, you could either opt for a longline blazer to skim right over it. Or, you could wear a crop blazer over a longer top to confuse the eye and draw attention away from your belly.
Stylish blazer ideas
A blazer should definitely be one of your 28 essentials every woman over 40 needs in her closet.
I would think about having a classic style in navy or black, which you can wear for any occasion.
You could look at this blazer as a good investment, so go for quality and think about cost-per-wear rather than just initial cost.
I’d also add a blazer in a trendy style or pattern to update your outfits this season, as well as making sure you have an option you can pop over jeans, or over your little black dress or smart pants and blouse for dinner or a party.
The best blazer styles in stores now
So, now that you know what to keep in mind while shopping for a blazer, here are some of the best blazer styles in stores now.
Let me know which your favorite is.
Single-breasted blazer for women
A single-breasted blazer is a universally flattering style which would be a hard-working addition to your closet.
If you love the look of the classic double-breasted blazers from Balmain, but can’t quite justify the price tag, then take a look at this one from Rachel Parcell for a similar style at a smaller price.
Plaid is very on-trend for fall. You can easily update an outfit of simple jeans and t-shirt with a plaid blazer.
Kim (above) wears her blazer over a feminine lace top.
For a more casual style, you could opt for the looser fit offered by the boyfriend blazer.
Chanel-style boucle blazer
Even if you don’t have a Chanel budget, there are always plenty of Chanel-inspired blazers and jackets on the high street.
Belted or tie-waist blazer styles
@madame_cloche (above) opts for a tie-waist blazer in an eye-catching red.
A cropped jacket can be tricky to wear, as there is the risk that it could make you look boxy.
For more tips take a look at how to wear a short jacket.
However, it can actually be a very flattering style. If you wear your cropped jacket over longer layers, it can confuse the eye, helping to disguise your tummy area.
A knit blazer is often a great option for weekends to wear with jeans. That way, you elevate your look, but are still comfortable.
But, if you do want to wear it for work, a knit blazer always works well with wide-legged pants.
Tweed blazer styles
If you are looking to add more texture into your wardrobe, how about tweed?
A peplum style can be flattering for many women. It can help you to add shape if you have a rectangle figure and want to add more curves.
Or it can nip in at the waist and emphasize your existing curves if you are an hourglass.
For the festive season, you could try a velvet blazer worn over your party dress.
This is a shape that is very on-trend just now, but it can be very tricky to wear without looking like you have added extra bulk to your silhouette.
If you want to add an over-sized blazer to your closet, I would recommend keeping the rest of your outfit very streamlined.
Melinda (above) wears an oversized blazer with her maxi dress.
If you already have a black or navy blazer in your closet, how about adding a style in a bold, bright shade?
Tuxedo blazer styles for women
Tuxedo styles don’t have to be reserved for men only.
This could be the basis for a beautiful party outfit this party season. You could, for example, wear with a pair of leather or faux leather pants and a silk blouse or camisole.
Sleeveless blazers for women
A sleeveless blazer can be a good way to add an extra layer and more interest to your outfit without adding too much warmth.
There’s more inspiration here in the best sleeveless vests.
Elke (above) teams her sleeveless blazer with jeans for a smart, yet casual look.
The look of a blazer with the more formal style of a dress. A blazer dress could be a lovely option for work, parties or dinner.
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