Wearing a blazer to work is certainly not a new concept. Pair it with a black pencil skirt and a white blouse, and you’re out of the door right? Wrong! Fashion has made it possible for us to wear blazers in new and interesting ways at work. Gone are the days when you had to play it safe with predictable and boring outfits.
If you want to make a fashion impact, and girl boss moves, think colour blocking, matching suits and unanticipated pairings. These seven effortless ways to style your blazer for work will have you making all the right career moves.
Borrow from the boys
Brogues can often be looked at as quite a masculine shoe, but worn correctly, they make a great, office-appropriate (comfy) shoes. Wear them with an over-sized blazer for maximum fashion appeal. And keep everything quite feminine. A slim fit knit or top and cigarette pants will pull the final look together.
Show some leg
Gone are the days when you couldn’t wear shorts to work. Embrace modern office-wear with long-line Bermuda shorts. The hem reaches right on the knee, creating a more work-appropriate look. Wear them with a pop of colour blazers for work, or keep the look sophisticated with matching shorts and blazer.
Speaking of matching bottoms and blazers for work… A masculine-inspired matching check pantsuit is the ultimate power dressing move. Pair this outfit with a sleek white blouse and sharp court heels. The best thing about the look? You can easily take it from the office to off-duty chic with a simple change of top and accessories – more bang for your buck.
Of course, you can still wear a pencil skirt with a basic black blazer. But if you want to stand out from the office crowd, and (as they say) dress for the job you want, you might want to reconsider. The pleated skirt trend is still going strong today and for good reason. They look amazing on every shape and size, they come in a myriad of colours and patterns and they work for pretty much every occasion. Wearing a pleated skirt with a blazer to work, is not only figure flattering but will work for most office settings. Keep the colours neutral for more corporate environments, and inject some colour for a more laid back company culture.
Make a statement
Because the blazer is such a classic, to stand out from the crowd, you have to push the envelope just a little more. leather is having a real fashion moment right now. And the right silhouette (be it culottes, a skirt or skinny trousers) can still work for the office. In fact, wearing a checked blazer to work, with leather pants, is the perfect way to make your bottoms office appropriate. Try something different, you won’t regret it.
Dress up jeans
If your company is a little iffy about wearing jeans to the office, try to dress up your favourite pair with a sleek, longline blazer. The length of the blazer alone, will take jeans from casual to semi-smart. And when worn with the right shoes, top and handbag, you have a winning look.
Read more: Five signs your skinny jeans are too tight
Tone it down
The opposite applies to your favourite bodycon dress. The body revealing silhouette can make wearing a form-fitting dress difficult for most. Tone down the sultry feel with an understate blazer for work. Carry a large tote and add some chunky jewellery and it will look and feel like a completely different dress.