Blazers are one of our go-to fall favorites. As office dress codes are skewing more toward business casual, our favorite designers and brands have taken note to create blazer options that go beyond 9 to 5.
These pieces can come at a significant cost, so here are some key tips for men and women to make sure you purchase the right pieces that will give you maximum mileage and style.
Blazers for Businesswomen
A statement-making blazer is becoming as useful as staple suiting. Here are the key blazers a working woman should should have in her closet:
- Cropped. This often-overlooked style in a woman's wardrobe is perfect worn over a sheath dress or to complete a blouse and skinny jeans ladies-night-out look.
- Boyfriend. Great for a casual Friday with dark jeans or slim trousers. On the weekend, pair it with leather pants for a date-night dinner.
- Texture. Think courduroy, flannel, tweed, or herringbone.
- Pattern. Look for a subtle check or small houndstooth to keep it neutral and still make a statement. Mix with solids or other subtle prints for an easy and stylish look
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Sportcoats for Men
Add personality and versatility to sportcoats using the following guidelines:
- Add texture. Courduroy, tweed, herringbone, and flannel.
- Look for patterns. Subtle plaid, small houndtooth, and windowpane check are all great ways to mix it up.
- Keep it together. The French call business suits a "complet" for a reason—the jacket and pants are a package deal. Don't wear your suit jacket as a separate.