If you haven't heard, blazers have broken out of the workwear category. The jacket style no longer strictly belongs to wearers with a 9-5 and is now a full-on streetwear trend, most recently captured by the resurrection of the '90s power suit.
If you can only picture yourself getting in on the trend by pairing a blazer with trousers, think again. While you can always depend on the style as a go-to office piece, now you can get creative and use the investment piece to enhance your looks and create new ones altogether.
What kind of women's blazers are in style?
Both Vice and Erlanger touched on how the current state of fashion is all about comfort. "There's going to continue to be an ease to dressing, but that's why a blazer is perfect: it's season-less and transitional truly all year-round," Erlanger said. She also mentioned that softer, relaxed silhouettes are going to be popular for that exact reason.
Vice mentioned that he's seeing a lot of oversized blazers, ones you can roll up to your elbows and even cropped blazers, on his radar. "The houndstooth pattern is in [and] the jacquard pattern is in, [along with] a lot of that '80s funk appeal," says Vice. Houndstooth (sometimes also called dogstooth) is a classic pattern comprised of pointed shapes, typically black and white in color. Jacquard, on the other hand, is a detailed, raised pattern that is typically woven into a material.
How to style a women's blazer
Vice said it's typical to keep the clothing underneath your blazer simple, especially if you're sporting an oversized blazer. "It's been minimal underneath, like a crop top or a bodysuit," Vice specified. "The underpinnings are a lot slimmer, but the blazer itself is big."
Speaking of comfort, Vice mentioned he loves pairing blazers with sweatpants and a pair of pumps. You could also wear your favorite blazer with some dad or boyfriend jeans, a T-shirt, loafers and a fun belt to bring it all together. "It's chic but comfortable," Vice said.
How to shop for a women's blazer
There are a few things to look out for when you're shopping for a blazer. "People should be conscious of how the blazer is hitting their body," Vice said. "It should be a comfortable moment for them, and [the fit] will be subjective for each person."
To get the most use of your purchase, Erlanger also advised looking at the inside of blazers. Ones that have an inner lining are typically better because they will hold up better, wear longer and are easier to slip on and off.
Best women's blazers, according to reviewers
This blazer is light enough to wear through all four seasons. It comes in 11 cool colors, and reviewers can't stop raving about how comfortable it is and how chic it looks. (And by the looks of it, neither will your friends and coworkers.)
Erlanger mentioned that comfortable blazers are like elevated cardigans, and this ruched sleeve blazer fits that description. It's made from soft woven material and has a flattering silhouette, making it the perfect comfort wear.
With a relaxed shape and unstructured fit, this blazer can create a great look for spring, summer and fall. It also boasts a ventilated design, which helps keep it breathable for warmer days.
Keep it chic with stripes or go bold with the vibrant orange shade — either way, you'll be right on trend for spring.
Whether you want to create a monochromatic look or work more neutrals into your wardrobe, this mocha blazer is a chic pick. It has an oversize fit and is available in sizes 12-24. And right now, you can use the code LUCKY to get 20% off.
You can find plenty of ways to work this tweed blazer into your wardrobe year-round. This pink shade offers the perfect pop of color for the upcoming spring season, and the three-quarter sleeves give just the right amount of coverage for transitional weather.
Try imitating the rolled-up sleeve look Vice mentioned with this scrunched blazer from Walmart. Since it comes in black and grey, it is bound to be a versatile piece in your wardrobe.
This blazer comes in 18 different colors, so we don't think it will be too hard of a task to find one that suits your style. It's also the No. 1 bestselling blazer on Amazon right now with more than 5,800 verified five-star reviews.
Prefer a fitted style? We've got you covered with this find from Lauren Conrad's line. It's easy to dress up or down, and the three-quarter length sleeves keep it on trend.
Add a pop of color to your look with this snakeskin print. If you want to go bolder, the blazer comes in a black-and-red floral print that is sure to turn heads.
If your wardrobe is looking incomplete, it might be because it's missing the perfect oversized blazer. For less than $60 (make sure to use the promo codes TREAT and MORE), this one from Gap stands out as a statement piece that can be dressed both casually or professionally.
Vice called out the Houndstooth pattern as a trend to watch. Go all out and dress it up with some black slacks or dress it down with jeans for a more casual yet chic look.
This fully-lined blazer features lightweight shoulder pads to help build out your look. The loose, drapey fit makes it a great pick for spring and summer.
If you love a bright moment, this blazer from Reese Witherspoon's clothing label could be a fun addition to your spring wardrobe. The lined jacket pairs perfectly with the matching paperbag shorts.
Remember how Vice and Erlanger said comfort is in this year? This blazer takes that mantra to a whole new level. Made from sweater material but styled like a blazer, you'll want to wear this jacket for the rest of winter and well into spring.
This sleek tailored jacket is made from a canvas fabric that the brand compares to linen. The blazer's design teeters on the line between single-breasted and double-breasted, and the fabric is wrinkle-resistant for everyday wear.
Pastels are in for spring, and we're loving the blue and pink hues this blazer comes in. For those that don't want to go bold with a colored option, there is also an off-white style to choose from.
From Mint Halo to Lilac Purple, this blazer comes in several different dreamy colors — and we want all of them. Reviewers say that it runs true to size, and one recent shopper even mentioned that it is giving them "'80s vibes but in a good way."
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This article was originally published on Aug. 20, 2021.