In case you haven’t noticed, this year is all about big-blazer energy. An oversized blazer can elevate and add a layer of preppy polish to even the laziest of outfits. Want to look put-together but can’t be bothered to actually put together an outfit? Let a boxy blazer do the job for you. The longer hemline, strong shoulders and slouchy silhouette gives it a nonchalant appeal, so you look just the right amount of ‘dressed up’ without looking too serious.
This versatile wardrobe staple can be worn through the year—as a light jacket in spring and even as an essential layering piece during winter. As offices gradually reopen after a year and a half of WFH, power casuals or ‘workleisure’ is set to replace business casual, and the boxy blazer sits right at the centre of the dress code.
While the iconic blazer-and-jeans combo was popularised by Princess Diana way back in the ’90s, for a masterclass on the art of styling the piece today, look no further than Hailey Bieber, who has made the XXL blazer her sartorial signature. The model has been spotted wearing variations of the jacket all year long, using it to elevate simple tees and turtlenecks, pairing it with shorts or sweats, and making a statement in pantsuits sans a top.
As demonstrated by Margot Robbie, the piece can even make leggings look dressy. The actor balanced out the proportions of the blazer with leggings in the same hue. Dua Lipa switched up a classic black blazer by pairing it with a graphic tee, channelling a grown-up Dorothy in pigtails, while Rhea Kapoor paired her neutral jacket with a flirty corset top in a recent throwback gram. And out and about in LA, Kendall Jenner was spotted in a unique vintage blazer from Havre Studio.
The masculine silhouette might remind you of romcoms where couples strolled around with their date’s jackets over their shoulders, but we’ve rounded up a selection of oversized blazers you can get your hands on to take on the trend, regardless of whether you have any dates lined up.
For balmy summer days, opt for a cotton or linen blazer that you can team with a bralet or crop top. The light layer will keep you from freezing in the air-conditioning. Have some fun with a bold colour choice like this one from The Attico, or trade your regular leather jacket for Nanushka’s buttery vegan leather piece. While blazer dressing is all about power, you can soften the look with accessories such as dangling earrings or a padded headband.
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