When you think about your wardrobe are there a few pieces you know you’ll never be without?
For many of us blazers appear in this category.
They might be extra popular right now, appearing endlessly on the street style scene and tireless variations emerging from designers, but the blazer has been hanging in many of our wardrobes for years.
It’s up there with jeans and trench coats when it comes to wardrobe essentials and if you're wondering how to build a capsule wardrobe the blazer will be one of your key pieces.
It's hard to think of something in your wardrobe a blazer wouldn’t work with.
But as fashion continues to evolve how to wear a blazer has been taken to another level giving you so many more options no matter the season or occasion you’re dressing for.
Once considered a basic piece for your work wardrobe, the blazer has been reborn on the fashion scene as a must-have for a stylish wardrobe.
And this is no short-term trend.
It might be called an ‘It’ item right now, but even when the fever mellows the blazer won’t be leaving the scene.
Keep scrolling to find some great ideas for how to wear a blazer now and in the future, plus 20 of the best this season.
When choosing how to style a blazer there are few boundaries.
Whether you’re favourite look is androgynous fashion, feminine or preppy style, or you’re a chic minimalist devotee, having a blazer adds so much potential to everything in your wardrobe.
No doubt its endless versatility is what makes the blazer so appealing.
And you may decide one is not sufficient as designers have transformed the every-day black blazer into endless styles from the oversized androgynous version to delicately tailored pieces with perfected cut-out waist detail.
Although some more innovative styles may come and go, the blazer itself will not be fading to the background any time soon.
And depending on the weather your dressing for, the blazer can go from a light piece for warmer months to a versatile layering piece on cold days.
You can also style it for endless occasions from extra relaxed outings like coffee at a local cafe to more formal occasions such as a party or wedding.
Pop over a tee or sweatshirt with jeans for a low-key look or with tailored pant or a dress for something a little more high-end.
Keep scrolling to find 11 chic ideas for creating outfits with a blazer to add some new, fashion-forward looks to your wardrobe.
If you're after ideas as to what to wear under a blazer a graphic tee or sweater is a sure style for both a very relaxed occasion when paired with flats or sneakers or as something more dressy when heels are added.
If you're looking for outfits to style with a blazer that will cope with very cool days then going for extra layers is the way. Try your blazer under a trench, coat or jacket with more layers under, such as a heavy knit, blouse or tee, depending on the chill factor.
Both are pieces that would appear on any capsule wardrobe checklist, and jeans and blazers are just about equals when it comes to their versatility and longevity on the fashion scene. Dress your jeans up with a blazer and heels or set a casual tone with some chunky sandals, modern loafers or sneakers.
Another very modern, chic take on how to style a blazer this is where the oversized version has a clear role to play. And again, you can dress this look up or down.
A favourite among many, this is a perfect style for those in-between seasons when the temperature makes a dress or skirt wearable but you still need a light layer to wear over.
Whether you try this look with some extra casual shorts, a stylishly tailored version, or a skirt this is another versatile option for how to style a blazer that's not leaving the scene any time soon.
The oversized blazer has been an extra popular style for a couple of seasons now and like the other options they can be paired with just about anything, from casual sweats to a silky slip dress.
Most blazers carry an intrinsic mild androgynous style, but when accompanied by other specific pieces this becomes the ultimate androgynous look. Try with a tailored pant or jeans and a pair of loafers or boots.
Sweats are certainly the easiest way to dress a blazer down, but you can also still add a touch of glam if you're up for it by adding some sexy heels to the equation.
I particularly love this look with nothing underneath the blazer to add a note of sexy. You could try it with jeans as shown below, or with a tailored pant, a skirt or shorts. Have a play around to see what you like.
Image: Sandra Semburg
And of course the blazer can obviously perform at a more formal level when paired with a classic dress and heels or when worn with a matching pant or skirt.
Now you've founds some new style ideas for next time you're heading out, check out the blazers listed below - from classic styles to contemporary and trending - to find the best options for your wardrobe and lifestyle, both affordable and luxury.