The blazer has come a long way from being the lackluster corporate wardrobe essential. From being a staple in the men's department, this hardworking wardobe piece has found its way to the ladies' closets, boasting of many iterations and styles. And how could one be surprised? There's something about this classic piece that makes it deserving of a place in every fashion girl's closet, no matter the decade.
Below, we take a look at the humble blazer worn ouside the office. Take a look at how these local celebrities are wearing theirs beyond work hours, and pick up a few styling tips along the way!
How to Style a Blazer Outside the Office
1. Cinch it.
When it comes to blazers, never fear the oversized! Wear it like they did in the '80s—the broader the shoulders, the larger the sleeves, and the looser the cut, the better! Get the piece in one to two sizes larger than your actual size, and cinch it with a large belt à la Mimiyuuuh.
2. Wear it as coordinates.
Blazers often come in two-piece sets with a matching pair of trousers, making it a fabulous option for lazy dressers! When you're in a rush in the morning, just wear the full set and let it speak for itself, much like how this pink ensemble does for Liz Uy.
3. Don the blazer as a top.
Who says blazers can’t look sexy? Definitely not Janine Gutierrez, who wore this skin-baring outfit to NYFW that'll convince even your most hubadera friend to consider a blazer as an investment. To pull it off, simply wear nothing underneath—and of course, make sure to keep yourself well-taped to avoid any nipslips!
4. Go sporty.
We can all vouch for a blazer's ability to make you look like you put extra effort into getting dressed in the morning. It will give your whole outfit, no matter how casual, a polished vibe. For proof, check out how Gabs Gibbs wore a bandeau, jeans, and sneakers with a cool structured blazer.
5. Experiment with texture.
When you're gunning for a festive look but sequined mini dresses and tulle skirts aren't your thing, then a textured blazer is best chic alternative.
6. Don't be afraid to get it in bold colors.
Give your favorite monochromatic outfit a fresh twist with a brightly-colored blazer! See Maggie Wilson-Consunji who elevated her all-white look with an eye-catching green accent.
7. Try new silhouettes.
Thankfully, the high-waisted pants and crop top combination isn't seeing its end yet. This formula looks just as chic in the form of a cropped blazer and trouser set, as seen on Jeline Catt.
8. Turn it into a dress.
A double-breasted blazer, when long enough, can be worn as a super sleek dress. All you have to do is make sure it hits just the right spot on your thigh to keep you from suffering through unwanted wardrobe malfunctions! If you want to take things up a notch, pair it with high boots just like Camille Co.
9. Opt for a classic color combo.
Raise your hands if top-to-toe black has become your go-to look! But if you're looking to further polish up your ebony ensemble, then take this style cue from Heart Evangelista and break up the monotony with a crisp white blazer.
10. Pack comfy sets when you travel.
It’s not all about the crisp and structured. Recently we’ve been seeing a lot of casual iterations for the blazer with lighter fabrics and baggier silhouettes. And don't worry, a loose blazer appears far from sloppy. Just take a look at Laureen Uy’s casual yet put-together look.
11. Try printed blazers.
Blazers rank high on the functionality scale, but when it comes to style, it doesn't fall behind either. Check out Marie Lozano’s cool-weather look where she puts the spotlight on her statement striped blazer set. It's a headturner, don't you think?
12. Go back to black.
We've probably seen the blazer in every way, shape, and color by now but nobody can deny that there's nothing like going back to black. A black blazer is the most versatile piece in your office wardrobe and can also add some edge to your outfit. Simply team it up with black slacks and sunglasses as Katrina Razon does here. And the best part? Your best guy friend, boyfriend, or husband probably has one you could already steal.