Art of Style

Why The Blazer Is A Trans-Seasonal Staple

Blazing a trail: Fashion Week insiders showcase the blazer’s signature versatility, come rain or shine

With the arrival of looser cuts and lighter colorways, this season’s blazers offer endless versatility all year round

Words Gillian BrettFashion editor Millie Parry

When it comes to wardrobe mileage, few garments can go the same distance as a blazer. Since shedding its natural two-piece, tailored-pant companion to become an independent staple, it has established itself as one of the most versatile items in our closets. From dawn till dusk, winter to spring, a blazer looks the part wherever you’re headed, whether it’s a wedding, a work meeting or a weekend brunch.

Indeed, this closet ally is the fail-safe sartorial option when it comes to dressing for a shift in climate, and designers have once again turned their attention to enduring button-ups for fall. With comfort being the prevailing factor this season, they’ve loosened the blazer up somewhat, proffering relaxed cuts and lighter colorways that feel fresh and fun, rather than formal. Case in point: Isabel Marant’s offering in a dusky blush hue. Featuring an oversized fit in retro-feel velvety corduroy, it’s just as easily shrugged on over a slip dress for a formal event as styled with jeans.

These street stars, including Erika Boldrin (far right), favor dark blazers for a fall-ready look

Looking for something tonal and timeless? Switch up your winter blacks for blue, cream and light brown from Acne Studios, The Row and Khaite – these palate cleansers will work effortlessly with your on-repeat staples; slip them on with wide-leg tailored pants to create a look that’s both boardroom- and bar-worthy.

Meanwhile, Victoria Beckham’s pinstripe iteration is just the ticket to update your business attire. With its timeless double-breasted shape, this gem is ideal shrugged on over crisp sky-blue shirts in the city or crewneck cashmere knits and jeans on off-duty days. Buy now and wear forever – whatever the weather or season.


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