Blue blazers are having a moment right now. You see them everywhere, from the office to the weekend blazers are having a moment. They are versatile, classic, and stylish – but how do you style them so as not to look stuffy or frumpy? Here are 7 different ways you can wear a navy blazer, plus the whole 411 about blazers so you can pick out just the right one if you plan to buy a new one.
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One of the best things about a navy blazer is that it can be dressed up or down. For example, if you’re headed to the office, pair your navy blazer with a pair of trousers and a button-down shirt. But if you’re going out for drinks after work, switch out the trousers for a pair of dark-wash jeans and swap the button-down for a silky cami. Then add some statement earrings and heels, and you’re good to go! While blue blazers are not the same as suit jackets, if you have a blue suit jacket, you can press it into service, especially if it has special features, like silver or gold buttons, or can be belted and worn with a crisp white shirt or a white t-shirt.
Another great thing about navy blazers is that they can be worn with just about anything. If you want to keep your look casual, pair your blazer with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Or, if you’re feeling more daring, try wearing it with a printed skirt and sky-high heels. No matter how you style it, a navy blazer is sure to make you look put-together and chic. If you have a black blazer and a white blazer, you can make a number of blazer outfits for every day of the week, including elevating your casual Friday outfits
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How to choose the best blazers for your wardrobe
On the hunt for a new blazer? You’re in luck— blue blazers are having a moment. But with so many different styles and silhouettes to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Follow these tips to find the perfect blue blazer for you.
1. First, decide on the silhouette you’re looking for. Do you want a fitted jacket? Something oversized and relaxed? A cropped style? Once you’ve got that down, you can start narrowing your search. A loose-fitting boyfriend blazer can create a casual outfit, whereas a single-breasted blazer fitted perfectly to your body looks great with blue jeans and a white tee, as well as a white button-down shirt for a professional look.
2. Second, think about the fabric. Do you want a wool blend? A cotton twill? A linen blend? Consider both the look and feel of the fabric—you want something that’s not only comfortable to wear but also looks good. We go into more detail about fabrics below.
3. finally, take note of the details. Do you want a classic navy blazer or something with a little more personality? Look for blazers with colorful lining, interesting buttons, or waist-defining belts. These extra details will help make your blazer stand out from the rest.
Best Fabrics for Blazers
Wool is one of the most popular fabrics for a blazer. It is sturdy and has a luxurious feel, making it ideal for both work and special occasions. wool is also relatively wrinkle-resistant, meaning you won’t have to spend as much time ironing or steaming your blazer before heading out the door. However, wool can be a bit pricey, and it may not be the best option if you are looking for something to wear in warm weather.
Cotton is another popular fabric for blazers. It is more affordable than wool and also has a high-quality feel. Cotton is also breathable, making it a good choice for warmer days. However, cotton wrinkles more easily than wool, so you may need to take extra care when storing or traveling with your blazer.
Blazers made from silk are a little less common these days, but if you are looking for something indulgent, consider wild silk with a strong rustic weave, or raw silk, which has a protective layer called silk gum that is very stiff and makes for great structure. Silk Duppioni is a nice midweight silk with a nubby texture that doesn’t wrinkle easily and is a little easier to sew with. It’s a great choice for people who love blazers but live in warmer climates.
Linen is another great summer fabric option for a blazer. It is lightweight and airy, making it perfect for hot days. Linen also has a relaxed feel, so it is ideal for casual settings. However, linen wrinkles very easily, so you will need to take extra care when wearing and storing your linen blazer.
Polyester is a synthetic fabric that is often used in cheaper blazers. It does not have the same luxurious feel as wool or cotton, but it is more affordable and wrinkle-resistant. Polyester can also be machine-washed, making it easy to care for. However, polyester is not as breathable as natural fibers like cotton and linen, so it may not be the best choice if you are looking for a summer blazer.
When shopping for your next blazer, keep in mind the climate in which you will be wearing it most often. If you need a warm-weather option, linen or cotton might be the best fabric choices for you. If you are looking for something to wear year-round, wool would be a good option. And if you are on a budget or don’t mind sacrificing some of the luxuries feel, polyester might be right for you. No matter which fabric you choose, we hope you enjoy your new blazer!
With these guidelines in mind, finding the perfect blue blazer is easy peasy.
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How to style a navy blazer
For a casual look, pair your navy blazer with a pair of jeans. This is a great option for running errands or grabbing coffee with friends. Choose dark wash jeans for a more put-together look, or go with distressed jeans or boyfriend jeans for a more casual look. Add a pair of sneakers or flats to complete the ensemble.
How to style a navy blazer for a more formal look:
For a more formal look, pair your navy blazer with dress pants or a pencil skirt. You may want to choose a double-breasted blazer, to elevate the look. This is a great option for work or meetings. Choose pants in a darker color, such as black or gray, for maximum impact. Add heels and statement earrings to complete this classic look. Add a dress shirt or turtle neck sweater for a smart look. Another great formal summer look is white jeans and a navy blazer. For formal outfits, you will want your blazer to be a perfect fit.
Great Blazer outfit combinations
1. The classic navy blazer and pants combination. This is perfect for the office or if you need to dress up for events or business meetings. Simply pair your navy blazer with a pair of tailored pants in a neutral color like black or beige. Add a pair of heels and you’re good to go!
2. Blue blazer with jeans. This is a great casual look for weekends or when you’re running errands. Pair your navy blazer with a pair of dark-wash jeans and some stylish sneakers or flats. Add a pop of color with your top or scarf to brighten up the look. For a trendy look, add a graphic t-shirt or a white t-shirt.
3. Navy blazer with a dress. This is such a chic and put-together look! Pair your favorite navy blazer with a printed dress – teamed with heels, this is perfect for date night or dinner with friends. If you’re going for more of a casual look, try substituting a blazer instead of a denim jacket when styling a t-shirt dress and some sandals or flats.
4. Blue blazer with a skirt. This is another great option for work or formal occasions. Simply pair your navy blazer with a pencil skirt or A-line skirt in neutral colors like black, grey, or white. Heels are always a good choice but if you’re wanting something more comfortable, try pairing it with some ballet flats instead. A slip skirt is another more modern way of styling a blazer for a summer day.
A Few Styling Ideas:
Push the sleeves up, especially when styling your blazer with high-waisted trousers–it helps accentuate an hourglass figure. Add a belt to a blazer to create a feminine look. Add accessories such as belts, scarves and broaches to personalize your blazer and make it yours.
What to avoid:
However, there are a few things you should avoid when wearing a navy blazer. First, don’t pair it with black pants or skirts. The contrast will be too harsh and will make you look like you’re trying too hard. Second, avoid wearing brightly colored tops or dresses underneath your blazer. The goal is to look effortless, so stick to neutral colors like black, white, or gray. And lastly, don’t wear more than two shades of blue at a time. When in doubt, less is always more when it comes to styling a navy blazer.
5 What not to wear with a navy blazer? There are really only two things to avoid when styling a navy blazer – colors that are too similar to navy (you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a uniform!) and patterns that are too busy (stripes can be difficult to pull off). Other than that, have fun experimenting with different looks and find what works best for you!
Make sure your blazer fits properly and works with your body type. The oversized blazer is popular right now, but it doesn’t work well on all body types–on a thin and or short person, this type of blazer can be overwhelming, and they can add a bit too much bulk to a curvy silhouette.
Look for good quality fabric and make sure the blazer you choose is lined–that way you will get a nice drape and your blazer will last longer.
Navy blazers are such a versatile piece that every woman should own one! With so many different ways to style them, they’ll quickly become one of your favorite pieces in your wardrobe. And the best part? They go with just about everything! So what are you waiting for? Go out and get yourself a navy blazer today!
Hop Over to the Coast To Coast Style Collective for more inspiration!
Stop by and see how Andy at Pearls and Pantsuits, Suzanne at Ask Suzanne Bell and Julie from Fashion Trends and Friends styled blazers. Their posts are packed with tips and inspiration. If you would like to learn more about the collective, click here.
Lots of great advice on how to choose the blue blazer that’s just right for you along with various styling options. I look forward to our future Coast to Coast Styling Collective Collaborations!
Thanks Julie! this is so much fun.
Okay. Would you believe I don’t have a single navy blazer in my closet? You’ve inspired me to start the search! Love the style collective concept, and enjoyed reading everyone’s posts. Cheers!
I don’t either 🙂 Maybe we need to change that Andy!!
Hey there Nina! I love all these great tips and ideas on how to style the navy blazer – that I now think I need, but don’t yet own. I really feel like the blazer it the new topper – a switch up to the cardigan and denim jacket of the past seasons. I personally love a wool blend blazer, for the reason you mentioned, it doesn’t wrinkle. A welcome new edition to any wardrobe, i love how we each have our own take on how to style this very versatile piece. I look forward to our next collaboration and… Read more »