Bright and Bold With a Splash of Color: Blazers to Wear This Summer

June 6, 2012  |  
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Debuting on the scene in WWII, the woman’s blazer has been a fashion staple for decades. There is something about a good blazer that can take an outfit from average to outstanding.

While the basic black blazer remains a must-have, the fashion trends this summer are calling us to check for the bright and colorful. Add a little sunshine to your wardrobe with these stylish blazers in all different shades and materials.

H&M Blazer

The fitted and cropped blazer goes with just about anything. May we suggest pairing this papaya number with your favorite tailored pants for the office? Feel free to go brighter than the sun on top, but skip the matching pants. You’re a professional, so pair a blazer in brighter shades with solid dark or white bottoms to avoid looking like a Skittle. Or even worse, a sour skittle. Yikes!

SPLURGE: Balenciaga’s Digitized Zebra Print Blazer

ASOS Throw On Blazer in Chevron Print

Embellished Ikat Print Blazer

Ruched Printed Blazer

Take a trip on the wild side with an animal print blazer. Play it safe with a solid white shirt underneath or show off your fashion sense by layering it over a bright top. If animal print isn’t your thing, blazers with cheeky and classic prints such as Ikat and chevron are also showing up in boutiques across the country. The blazers pictured here can be quite the splurge, but printed blazers can be had for less money at discounted stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.

Nasty Gal – Chiffon Back Blazer

ASOS Peplum Jacket

Caged Back Blazer 

It may be too hot for the highly detailed studded jackets worn by Angela Simmons and Beyonce, but blazers this season give you the option of displaying the same sense of fashion in a more summer-friendly material. Cut-outs, peplum details in fun colors, and sheer accents give blazers show-stopping character.

Macy’s – American Rag Blazer, Three-Quarter Sleeve

Charlotte Russe – Green Double-Breasted Blazer

This season’s oversized, baggy, and unbuttoned blazers are perfect to throw on with shorts, dresses, skirts, pants or jeans. Monica looked absolutely flawless on the cover of Ebony magazine in a bright yellow blazer with a yellow dress and silver belt. More low-key with the look, a very pregnant Kourtney Kardashian (the co-queen of blazers along with her sis Kim who is often seen around town wearing $400 Naven Blazers), wore a printed blazer while running errands in Soho, New York.


Forever 21- Eyelet Lace Blazer

The opposite of the lengthy boyfriend blazer, the cropped blazer is another style option you can wear with many different outfits. Gabrielle Union donned a coral one recently when taping an episode of Extra. The cropped blazer works best as a contrast to a dress or a longer shirt, and this eyelet number is cute as can be. And if you like lace, be sure to get one in a rainbow-bold color. Apricot or pink? Who could choose!?

River Island Lace Blazer


If you’re feeling especially bold, you may want to try a blazer as a dress! Celebrities like  Jennifer Lopez (in Rachel Zoe), Rihanna (in Stella McCartney) and Miley Cyrus (in John Paul Gaultier) all rocked the risqué look. Scandal actress Kerry Washington, took it a step further by just wearing a blazer, panties and heels in February’s Details magazine. We recommend that you cover your booty while you’re out, but if you’re wanting to take a fashion risk (outside of the office) grab the longest blazer you can find and forget the pants.

And if you don’t have a bright or printed blazer, you can still snag the look by pairing your dark blazer with a colorful wide belt and maxi dress. This season’s trend doesn’t have to break your bank though. Thrift stores have tons of colorful blazers in all different sizes that are inexpensive enough to fit anyone’s budget.

What do you think of the bright and bold blazers for summer?

Alissa Henry is a freelance writer living in Columbus, OH. Follow her on Twitter @AlissaInPink and check out her blog: This Cannot Be My Life

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