Given the timeless appeal of a well-cut blazer, the lace blazer ($15) is both fashion-forward and classic. The subtle detailing gives it an unexpected edge, while the black color and looser fit make it a piece that can be worn for any occasion — from a day at work to a night out on the town.
The relaxed cut of the blazer keeps it from feeling too stiff and formal when simply worn out for a day of classes or running errands. Paired with a graphic T-shirt, distressed light-wash denim and combat boots, this blazer is the perfect finishing touch on a casual daytime outfit.
A loose-fitting blazer is also convenient for layering scarves and sweaters on cold days, and the lightweight fabric won’t add bulk when layered underneath heavy winter coats. Combat boots add a bit of an edge to this rather simple look, while distressed jeans and graphic T-shirt tone down the formality of the blazer. A fringed bag contributes a cool edge to this laid-back ensemble.
A blazer is the perfect go-to piece for professional attire, but the same shape, cut and detailing can get boring when worn everday. This makes a lace blazer a great option for those looking for alternatives to their work wardrobe.
A taupe leather skirt in a classic cut is the perfect counterpoint to the blazer’s feminine, lace detailing. This keeps the look balanced and unexpected but still appropriate for the office. A cream, chiffon button-up shirt underneath the blazer is elegant and sophisticated, and the gold buttons add just a touch of sparkle. Simple, opaque black tights and nude flats add a simplistic, chic finish. The shoes can also easily be traded for classic pumps or printed flats, depending on the work environment. A high bun and a doctor bag in black leather complete the look. If you are looking to add a pop of color, these two details can also be switched for loose waves or a bright bag.
One of the last places you would expect to wear a blazer is out for an evening out. But on the contrary, it can make for the perfect outerwear to keep you warm on chilly nights without ruining your glamorous ensemble.
A purple and black cheetah-print dress is flirty and edgy, which balances the blazer’s lace. However, the black blazer and black pumps allow the dress to be the statement piece. A bow-shaped belt adds a dose of youthfulness and cinches in the blazer to create a defined waistline.
From sophisticated to edgy to feminine, a classic, lace blazer can be found in a wide array of fabrics, cuts and colors. It is great any time of day and with virtually any type of style. A lace blazer is truly the perfect piece when it comes to versatility in a woman’s wardrobe.
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Oct. 10 print edition. Samantha Donat is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]