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4. Go a Little Crazy
Crazy, quirky . . . call it what you will, but why not wear a black blazer to showcase your wonderful fashion unpredictability? Consider it your “who says?” statement.
Who says a black blazer is booooring? Who says a black blazer has to be worn precisely the way it came off the hanger? Make it your own. Roll up those perfectly stitched sleeves and show what’s not “supposed” to be seen: lining. The skin two inches above your wrist. A blouse peeking from underneath the cuffs.
Better yet, hit a thrift store and get going with your crafty, creative self. Remove the buttons from your black blazer and sew on some chunkier, funkier thrift store finds. Not into threading a needle? We love finding that perfect scarf or pin, then using a black blazer as a backdrop to unleash our creativity.
5. Dress Down
Feeling a little too formal or frilly in that dress? We like silky blouses and dresses too, but know that sometimes they’re not quite the right choice for that summer picnic (ugh! It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of a get-together that we miss the part in the conversation about “casual”).
Dress down a too-femme style with a casual linen or one-button cropped blazer. You’ll still look great and won’t feel as much like Cinderella standing by the backyard cooler.
6. Go with What Suits You
Perhaps a job interview, meeting or more formal occasion requires you to wear a dark pant or skirt suit. (Yeah, we’re not always wild about parting ways with our comfy tanks and sandals, either). But just because you’re wearing a suit doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re trying out for a role in the next Men in Black movie or considering life in a convent. Perfectly-matched black blazers and black pants in perfectly-coordinated fabrics is perfectly . . . predictable. Blah.
We say: go ahead and wear that all-black pant (or skirt) suit, but don’t work yourself into a fit of match-perfection. Make sure that blazer is in a fabric or black hue that suits YOU. Mix it up a bit. Maybe it’s a linen blazer worn with blended-fabric pants. Perhaps the blazer is a silver-black shade, perfect for combining with that licorice-black skirt.
You can be buttoned up without looking buttoned up—big difference.
Gone are the days that breaking out a black blazer means you’re chilly, boring or considering a job in the Secret Service (or all three). Time to introduce—or reintroduce—this versatile piece to your wardrobe and wear it your way!
Ladies, let us know how you’re wearing black blazers these days. What are some of your favorite ways to wear them?