Trail Blazer! Lead The Pack With These Colorful and Print-Tastic Jackets
This year the blazer is getting a much needed makeover. Basic black and navy – while classic – are sooooo predictable. Bright colors and prints update this wardrobe staple in a way that’s refreshingly unexpected. Designers like Emilio Pucci and Matthew Williamson set the tone with their Spring and Resort 2012 collections. Thus, the statement blazer was born! The eye-catching nature of this outerwear calls for more subdued pairings, but risks with color and print-on-print instances are allowed – even encouraged.
Check out these blazers in various styles for every budget and suggestions on what to wear with them. Go on, blaze the fashionable trail!
On Edge Blazer, Nasty Gal – $68
Electric cobalt will light up your life! The longer lapels of this blazer resemble a tuxedo and the structured shoulders are an edgy touch. If you’re daring enough, some printed pants (like the leopard pair above) would work or try a black tunic with black tights for a chill look. Motorcycle boots work in either instance. With black as your base, feel free to go bold with accessories. A chunky necklace and bracelets will have you looking like a rock star!
Floral Blazer, Urban Outfitters – $79
This elbow-length blazer is a definite Valentine’s Day contender! Red and purple floral print gives it that air of romanticism. The flowers appear a bit blurred, which makes this blazer look more like walking work of art. Toss it on over a fitted dress in a bold color. Red is an easy choice, but you can still keep it bold and sweet with winter white. Simple heels in a neutral color will finish the ensemble nicely. Got a hot date or dinner with friends? Now you’ve got the perfect look.
Classic Blazer, Forever 21 – $24.80
It doesn’t get much hotter than this pink! This classic blazer would look fly paired with a tan chiffon blouse (similar to the one pictured above) and slim grey trousers. As for shoes, gold spiked loafers would continue the menswear feel, but a pair of high heels would add a feminine lift. As a finishing touch, roll up the sleeves of the blazer to reveal crisp satin, then pile on the bracelets! Work it!
Maryellen Lightweight Blazer, Missguided – $20.52
Lightweight. Three-quater length sleeves. Boxy shape. These cool details set this leopard blazer apart from others with the same print. Layer it over a creme blouse – long enough to cover the booty – and keep the bottoms simple and slim. Cigarette pants and jeans are good choices, but you can really punch it up with maroon leather leggings. Keep jewelry to a minimum, a collar necklace is all you need. Finish with riding boots for a casual spin, or towering black heels to bring the Hot! Congrats, you’re the cat’s meow!
Sheer Lace Jacket, ASOS – $80.57
This blazer is a breath of fresh air! Sea foam green and all-over lace detailing prove that making a “statement” doesn’t have to be so “loud.” Pair with a crisp white blouse and a flared black leather skirt to get the leather and lace look. Add dark tights and high heels for a dressier vibe. Dark blue jeans and black patent leather oxfords will keep things casual and chic. Passersby will be green with envy!
Butterfly Woven Blazer, Forever 21 – $32.80
This one gives us butterflies! Rock this black based blazer covered in the colorful insect with simple separates. We imagine this piece being paired with a bright fuchsia top and black jeans. Black pointy-toe boots with a short heel are both cute and functional! It’s easy to look fly with this one!
NY Collection Jacket, Draped Blazer, Macy’s – $54
This blazer will set your passion for fashion ablaze! The draped front and asymmetrical hem (it’s shorter in the back) are fun details! As a safe bet, pair this blazer with an all black outfit. To add some spice, try a bandage dress in a contrasting color. A bright blue would look amazing! Go even further and rock a high heel in a similar color like purple. Sounds out there, but it will definitely make a statement! And that’s kind of the point, right?
Amara Jacket Southwest, Whitney Eve – $225
This print is so fun! Take a risk and use all the colors in this blazer as inspiration for the other pieces to pair with it. A light denim shirt, black polka dot sheer leggings, and deep brown boots with a medium heel will look cool. Some funky earrings, like deep purple feathers and multiple small rings work well with this look. Have fun mixing prints!
Bright Ponte Blazer, GAP – $79.95
If you’re bold enough to rock this lime green blazer, then grab you’re sunglasses because you’re fashion future is bright! Hitting perfectly at the hip, this two-button classic cut is perfection. Pair such a bold statement with a floral shirt and jeans for a funky fresh look. Or, keep the blazer the focus with a simple top and skirt in neutral colors. Keep the shoes – flats or wedges – simple as well with both looks. A cocktail ring and small stud earrings top things off. Hope you’re ready for the limelight!
Snowdrop Pyjama Jacket, Topshop – $80
Stressed? Picture this: the night is lit with snow as it falls between a tree of small flowers. Can’t picture it? Doesn’t matter because now you can walk around with this scenic scene printed on a blazer. It’s pjama-inspired and includes a belt to tie at the waist. Wear it as a top and keep comfy with a grey harem pant in a flouncy cotton. Add black booties or wedges for a chic twist. Long gold earrings will bring just enough shine. Comfort has never been more chic!
Which blazer makes the statement you’re trying to make?