The staple blazer is one of the most versatile numbers in any woman’s wardrobe. Whether you’re wanting a smart and sophisticated look or a spot of country charm, couple a stylish women’s blazer with the right accessories and Bob’s your uncle! Perfect for layering up when the weather is cold and for wearing with lighter clothes once the mercury rises. Easy-to-wear yet always offering casual elegance, every wardrobe needs a blazer, or maybe two. Read on to discover some of our favourite blazer styles including tips on what to wear them with.
Channel your inner country bumpkin with an ever so stylish tweed blazer! Synonymous with Scottish heritage, the tweed blazer is never not in vogue and will keep you warm all year through. Crafted from 100% wool, a tweed blazer works great paired with your favourite jeans or thrown over an everyday midi dress. Perfect for countryside walks, style a women’s tweed jacket with a pair of short wellies or mid-calf wellies and add glamour to the great outdoors! A real investment piece, a ladies’ tweed blazer will see you through season after season with ease.
A structured blazer is a fitted shape, often buttoning at the front and boasting little, but important, features such as patterned lining, breast front pockets and contrast tape to the back neck. The neat, fitted shape of the structured blazer makes it ideal for adding definition to tunic dresses – a classic combination which can take you from day to night. For a contemporary look, try pairing a fitted blazer with a casual shirt dress – the perfect solution for those ‘smart casual’ dress code dilemmas.
A linen-mix blazer is perfect for when the weather heats up a little. Light and breathable, a linen blazer will take you right through the high summer months and beyond. On warm summer’s nights when there’s a slight nip in the air, simply style a linen blazer with an elegant summer dress and finish with a pair of easy-to-wear sandals. It’s a blazer you’ll reach for year after year and it’s got easy summer outfitting written all over it.
The seams on the shoulders of your blazer should fit to the end of your shoulders, with no overhang. Depending on the style, the sleeves should end between your wrist and your thumb joint when your arms are by your side. When buttoning your blazer, you should be able to fit a closed fist in the lapels so that you know it’s not too tight but not too loose either. The hem of the blazer should sit nicely on your hip bone to show off your figure a little.
Of course, this all depends on your body shape and the style of your blazer. A blazer should emphasise the hips a little, so it’s important to choose a style that compliments your figure. If your shoulders are broader, you may prefer to avoid shoulder pads.
When you’re seated, your blazer should be unbuttoned to avoid bunching and damaging the fabric. When standing, it’s your choice whether you want to wear your blazer buttoned or unbuttoned. For a more formal look, we recommend buttoning your blazer or if you prefer a more casual look, unbutton your blazer and let it hang loosely on your body.
For stubborn stains, the best option would be to take a trip to the dry cleaners as soon as possible. For minor stains, it is possible to clean your blazer at home. Firstly, check the label for cleaning advice to avoid damaging the fabric. Lightly blot the stain using water and vinegar if the cleaning label allows it. For a more thorough clean, brush your blazer to remove hair, dust or any loose dirt. Then, using a cloth, water and a mild detergent, lightly sponge your blazer clean and leave it to air dry.
What’s your favourite ladies’ blazer?