Blazer: BB Dakota, also similar here (Also if sweater blazers are more your jam, I LOVE this one and it’s a longer length like the blazer I’m wearing here, which is great!) Dress: Similar here, here and I’m obsessed with this dress–it’s the most flattering dress ever and would also look great with this blazer (order a size up if you don’t want it tight),Leopard Sandals: 1901 (size down 1/2 size) if sandals aren’t your jam–Nordstrom has TONS of leopard pumps in stock! Earrings: Similar here, and here
Happy Friday! How are we already back to the weekend!?
You know those weekends sometimes where you think you don’t have that many plans and then you look at your calendar and you’re like OH SNAP–when am I going to find time to relax!? ? Luckily there was plenty of relaxing last weekend and we have so many plans that we’re looking forward to!
One of my best friends Courtney is in town from Indianapolis with her husband, mom and brand new BABY BOY! I can’t believe she’s now a mom and we can’t wait to meet baby Will!
One of my other best friends, Ally (she’s the one who is from Memphis) is also coming into town to see Courtney and the baby because she happens to be at a work conference in Milwaukee–so it’s the best timing and we’ll have a big reunion and I’m really excited.
Saturday night we’re also celebrating our friend Andrew’s birthday at Tuco & BlondiIe and somewhere in there we need to find time to clean out our closets before our new Container Store closets are installed next week! EEEEE!
So yeah, kind of a stacked weekend. But enough about my plans–today, I’m teaching you a v. important fashion lesson.
How to wear to a masculine blazer and still feel feminine:
Remember when I taught you the never-fail Juxtaposition rule of style? (If you missed it, click here to go back and read the post!) That comes into play here, because we started with a masculine piece, and then built the rest of the outfit with feminine pieces–resulting in the perfect “just right” mix.
I’ve received quite a few messages from you guys asking me how to style blazers in general. I picked this one from Nordstrom because I love that it’s a longer “boyfriend” type blazer but I also think these “trendy menswear blazers” are harder to style sometimes than classic blazers, and I wanted you to get a lot out of this little post ? so I thought it would be a good example!
A note about this blazer and who it will/won’t work for:
I’m 5’6 for height/length reference–so my petite girls, this probably isn’t the best blazer for you as it will be unflatteringly long. Luckily, Nordstrom has an insane selection (which is why they are one of my favorite places to shop!) so there’s definitely something for every body type! (Anddd I especially love their “trend” section for ideas on what to wear with said blazer!)
For my petite girls, I’d go with a blazer that is a little bit shorter, like this one! This one also comes in petite!) If the oversized blazer style isn’t your thing–I love this one or this one which is the same feel but a bit more fitted and classic! Nordstrom also has a lot of really cute blazers for my plus sized gals!
I think sometimes blazers can feel intimidating because they are such a statement piece that can easily feel frumpy if you pair it with the wrong thing, so here’s my one tip for nailing it every time–Do the opposite.
What do I mean by that? Let’s see:
The opposite trick:
This blazer is long–so pairing it with a short dress (I can’t say enough good things about this one–it’s so flattering!) worked perfectly. (This is why blazers also look adorable with shorts and skirts! I’m definitely pairing mine with my suede miniskirt and some OTK boots too!)
This blazer is dressy–so pairing it with something more casual creates a really great contrast! (Casual can mean jeans–I’d go with form fitting skinnies or a pair of faux leather leggings! More on why below.)
This blazer is a muted–subtle print, so pairing it with a bold printed shoe, like leopard, is an ideal contrast. (Bold could also mean these adorable deep red velvet booties that tie around the ankle–or even a swipe of red lipstick!)
This blazer is loose and shapeless–so it should be paired with something form-fitting (the alternative is something that shows leg, as we solved above!) but if not a dress, you want to go with something form-fitting on the bottom. So, when you wear this to work–you’ll want to go with something like a ponte pant, rather than something a bit looser, like a trouser–make sense?
See how well that works?! This is a trick that can help you get dressed EVERY DAY. It doesn’t just work for blazers!
What do you think? Did you think this post was helpful? Are you ready to rock a blazer now!?
Photos by the wonderful Divina Stennfeld
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