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5 Ways to Wear a Blazer

The blazer should be a staple in every woman's wardrobe. Once upon a time, blazers were looked at as jackets that you wear to work. Nowadays, it is such a fashion essential that you can see women wearing blazers with everything from jeans and dresses to skirts and leggings. The blazer is not just a work item or a staple borrowed from menswear. In fact, every fashion forward woman should have several blazers in her closet. They can be worn with just about anything and are so versatile, complementing all types of looks.

Wear with a tee shirt and jeans - A one button blazer looks great with even the most casual looks. Wear your blazer with a great fitting pair of jeans and a well fitted T-shirt for a feminine look. You can use the blazer as outerwear, and also add a new dimension to your look by pushing up the sleeves or folding it up. For this look, you'll want to leave the blazer unbuttoned to make it more casual. Add a pair of flat shoes and some fabulous bracelets and you are ready to go!

Wear it to work - Before you say that this is way too formal of a look, think about all the possibilities of a nice blazer at the workplace. Rather than wearing it with a stuffy button down shirt, try a nice cami or tank top for a sexier look. For a fashion forward look, try the bohemian style top that is loose and flirty, or a lower cut sleeveless top in a striking color. Make sure you add a nice necklace to make it look more interesting.

Wear it for a night out - If you're going on a date or some sort of evening affair, you can make your work blazer look fabulous for the night life. Try a sparkly tank top or a very frilly lace fitted top with your blazer for a more evening look. Pair it with a short skirt, skinny jeans, or even leather leggings. For a party or nightclub, you can wear a pretty bustier under your blazer.

Wear it over a dress – Even pretty little spring dress can look wonderful with a blazer. The trick here is fit and fabric. You will want to avoid work apparel fabrics and opt for a very light fabric like lace or light cotton. A three quarter sleeve blazer is actually perfect for the look. This style will dress up your spring dress and give you a different look from the standard cardigan. Be sure to add a fashion forward brooch to the cardigan to coordinate with your dress.

When it comes to fit, the blazer should fit well at the shoulders so that it is not too loose or too tight in the shoulder and upper arm area. Too often, the shoulders will droop forward or to the sides and will widen your look. Also, make sure that you can sit comfortably when it is button and unbuttoned. You will want a slight A line shape at the waist to show off your feminine curves and distinguish your jacket from menswear. As for the length, there are many choices so go with what makes you comfortable. You will find a variety from short waist length blazers to knee length duster styles. A blazer that hits the hip is usually the best length for most women.

Whether it is a Monday or a Saturday, you can get lots of wear out of blazer. It is possibly the single most essential piece of clothing you can own as a woman. It works well for women of all ages and sizes. On your next shopping trip, be sure to add blazers to your must-have list!

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