How to Wear a Blazer Like a Street Style Star

By: Laura Lajiness

Blazers have far exceeded closet mainstay status. Graduating to the rank of It-item, the staple has been a fixture among the style set and is given a renewed sense of forwardness season after season. Hardly one-note, blazers range from casual to elegant, oversized to shrunken, checked, or tuxedo-style—it’s a veritable power player bonanza. Spring’s newest versions come with ‘80s and ‘90s influences including pastel shades, double-breast silhouettes, and romantic detailing like puffed shoulders and ruffled trims. Meaning? Styling options abound for every occasion.

Soft silhouettes are imbued with an elevated easiness, but the tailored hero can feel stuffy if you’re unsure of how to wear it in a modern way. That’s where the street-style inspiration comes in—these ladies are professional-wear professional, mistresses of a juxtaposition that reads at once polished and cool. It’s all about finding harmony in unexpectedly paired pieces: Denim is the ultimate counter balance to prim styles, while dresses and skirts with movement soften menswear shapes.

For a masterclass in styling spring’s best blazers, we’re spotlighting five ways to pull off the classic piece like a tried-and-true fashion girl. Whether you’re looking to add one or all five styles to your wardrobe, these are the sartorial tricks to master.

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The blazer is an excellent transitional piece as the weather warms up and a linen blazer is a must-have for tailored style in warm weather. For a feminine spin on a menswear item, team up a sleek white jacket with a frothy dress with frilled detailing (this also works with darker colors, as you can see). Trendy lucite heels prevent the look from feeling overly saccharine while a sleek belt and retro sunnies maintain a youthful sense of polish.

Complete the look, left to right: Soft Ivory Linen Blazer, Ruffle Wrap Midi Dress, Tan Reversible Belt

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Graphic printed suits pack a lot of punch and are the boldest way to rock a blazer. Coordinating separates are key for pulling this look off with aplomb—when styled with a frilled blouse and a tonal bucket bag or pair of boots, there’s a directional easiness to the look that reads anything but boring or stiff.

Complete the look, left to right: Stripe Boyfriend Blazer, Cascade Sleeve Portofino Shirt, High Waisted Striped Ankle Pant

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Above: Embellished Shoulder Bag

Spring is rife with candy colors on everything from apparel to accessories with lilac as the favorite shade. Pastels play well together and appear achingly fresh—we love this trim lilac blazer teamed with a powder blue camisole and tailored pant for a polished take. Optic white mules with a pointed toe elongate your line and make for a directional finish.

Complete the look, left to right: One Button Cutaway Blazer, Downtown Cami, Mid Rise Columnist Ankle Pant

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The nubby, tweedy blazer is a favorite among the fashion set and coolest when worn with unexpected pieces for juxtaposition. This boyfriend fit reads casual-chic with a sporty tee and vintage-style denim. As for the add-ons? Eighties-glam earrings are so now and an unexpected choice to jazz up the look while canvas sneakers serve as the perfect unfussy finish.

Complete the look, left to right: Oversized Casual Blazer, Express One Eleven Dolman Tee, Mid Rise Stretch Denim Leggings

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A tuxedo blazer is timeless and elegant for evening. A version with puffed shoulders is spring’s bold update which we love against a sexy lace-up pair of black jeans and mega-watt earrings. Go with a simple white tee underneath to keep the look nonchalant and black skinny strap stilettos as an elevated ending.

Complete the look, left to right: Puff Sleeve Boyfriend Blazer, Express One Eleven Boxy Tee, High Waisted Lace Up Denim Leggings