Every woman needs a blazer or two in their wardrobe as this versatile piece can instantly elevate any outfit of the day. Contrary to popular belief, blazers are not just reserved for formal occasions or ladies’ office wear.
Blazers can be worn even for smart-casual occasions as long as you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here’s how you can nail the look for both smart casual and formal settings - read on to find out more.
Smart Casual Blazer Outfits
#1 Cropped blazers
While traditional blazers are usually waist-length long, cropped blazers have been gaining popularity over the years and make for a great alternative if you prefer something less stifling-looking. Pair them with high-waisted skirts or pants and you will have an outfit appropriate for both work and play. Many of these cropped blazers also come in a co-ord set so there is no need to worry about having to find matching bottoms of your choice.
Check out our Prescott Cropped Jacket in Hydrangea Blue for something feminine yet screams girl boss.
2 Unbutton Your Blazer
Next, try leaving your blazer unbuttoned to nail the smart casual look. Buttoning up the blazer is usually more fit for formal occasions where one needs to look professional and put together.
Pair this with a top in a louder print to instantly spruce up your outfit, just like our model in the Sorbet Linen Blazer.
#3 Push up or fold the sleeves
Another easy way to make your blazer look less suffocating is by pushing up or folding the sleeves till they fall slightly below your elbows. There is no need to worry about them looking messy, as we are going for the laidback and relaxed look.
HVV Tip: Opt for short-sleeved blazers for an effortless smart-casual fit that you can easily dress up or down depending on your choice of bottoms; denim jeans or perhaps a matching pair of shorts for a co-ord look.
#4 Bright Colours
Eye-catching colours such as pastels are also great for smart casual blazer outfits to inject some fun effortlessly and brighten your complexion at the same time.
Our Elin Longline Blazer in Mellow Yellow comes in a pretty pastel yellow shade that is flattering on most skin tones and will make the perfect addition to your wardrobe.
Formal Blazer Outfits
#1 Long blazers
Although cropped blazers are fashionable must-haves, every woman still needs a long blazer in her wardrobe as office wear too. The length is more appropriate for work and will help you to command attention wherever you go. It is also recommended that you leave the sleeves untouched to exude confidence and professionalism like no other.
Consider the Blomquist Blazer which comes in the right length and has padded shoulders for even more structure.
#2 Add A Belt
Have a blazer that is slightly too oversized and does not look suitable for office wear? There is no need to fret though, as adding a belt to cinch your waist in might just save your outfit. Make sure to place the belt over your outerwear and pair it with pants or long skirts for the full look.
#3 Go for muted shades
As much as it would be fun to venture out of your comfort zone and put on brighter colours, muted shades are still more work-appropriate and suitable for formal occasions. Hence, go for blazers in easy-to-match, neutral shades such as white, beige, taupe, ivory, black and brown.
Our Marseille Military Blazer in Toffee will tick all your boxes.
There you have it - seven easy ways to style a blazer for smart casual or formal occasions.
The blazers mentioned above are all available on Her Velvet Vase, an online women’s clothing shop in Singapore.
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