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5 ways to wear a blazer

Dress it up or dress it down, this evergreen piece is the sartorial glue that will hold your look together, says GILLIAN BRETT

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With athleisure

There has been much talk of ‘dressing from the waist up’ since working from home became the norm for so many people across the globe. And if we’re honest, who can resist the temptation of business on top, party on the bottom? By party, we of course mean the blissful comfort of these soft jersey trackpants by Acne Studios (below). Pair them with Bottega Veneta’s ‘Speedster’ sneakers and pull the look together with Valentino’s luxe, lace-trimmed blazer. Alternatively, consider The Row’s take on this leisurely look and simply shrug a blazer over a T-shirt and sporty knit during work hours.

With a dress

If your lockdown style relies more on breezy dresses, take your cues from the Chloé runway. This soft beige Stella McCartney blazer is perfect for smartening up floral prints and floaty maxis. Khaite’s baby-doll-style dress was inspired by ornate vintage wallpaper and is the type of timeless piece that will serve you well for informal events, too – have you had your first Zoom birthday party or baby shower yet?

With Bermuda shorts

If the weather is warming up wherever in the world you are, a full suit may not be desirable right now. So, consider tailored Bermuda shorts, such as this biscuit-colored, pleated tweed pair by Tibi, instead of pants. While co-ords have a pleasing sartorial synchronicity, we’ve noticed a lot of fashion editors mixing and matching theirs – increasing their style mileage and lending a little texture play to their look. Try Loulou Studio’s khaki pair with a cream blazer to create a cool, earthy color palette and offset with gold jewelry.

In a bold color

The mood-boosting benefits of bold color have been broadly documented. So, instead of trusty black or navy, why not reach for Gabriela Hearst’s cool crimson or Salvatore Ferragamo’s blush-pink two-piece and see if they have a positive effect. Salvatore Ferragamo actually calls this shade ‘desert rose’, as it was inspired by the picturesque desert landscapes of New Mexico. Bear this in mind when you slip it on, and it might just transport you (mentally, at least) to somewhere exotic.

With off-duty denim

The ’70s bourgeoisie trend first emerged for FW19 and is a look the fashion world has been happily embracing ever since. Almost shorthand for nonchalant Parisian chic, one of the hero pieces of this look is a softly structured heritage blazer. Take inspiration from the Saint Laurent runway and give this look a summery spin with a nautical-style blazer, denim cut-offs and a generous helping of beaded jewelry. Blazé Milano’s double-breasted number ticks the preppy-but-chic box perfectly. Dress it down with everyday denim and retro aviator sunglasses.

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