Monday, 14 December 2009

Fashion & Style Tips : Blazers

At this time of year we would usually be touting the benefits of a snug fur coat but, with party season at our door, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to hype up the benefits of the classic blazer: the easiest and most stylish option when you need a piece of outerwear to throw over your party dress. As always, we have chosen six of our favorite celebrity muses to show us how they like to style their blazers – from dressing it up with a bandage dress to dressing down with jeans and ballet flats.

STYLE TIP #1 / Contrast a feminine skirt with a boyfriend blazer and button-down shirt: Lauren Conrad is one of the biggest proponents of the blazer and loves to work the piece into her look whenever she gets the chance, pairing it with everything from mini dresses to skinny jeans and heels. Here, she compels the blazer to contrast the flirty nature of her lace mini skirt by adding a boyish touch. We suggest pairing this Stretch Poplin Shirt ($145) by Ralph Lauren Blue Label with Silence & Noise’s Boyfriend Blazer ($49, reduced from $78) and this Lace Noir Skirt ($115) by Eryn Brinie.

STYLE TIP #2 / Cut up a streamlined, sleek look by wearing a cropped, waist-length blazer that lets your accessories do the talking: Another big fan of the blazer, The City’s Olivia Palermo prefers a classic, cropped cut over the boyfriend fit that Lauren prefers. Here, she takes an edgier approach to her outfit, pairing the blazer with leather-look leggings and an oversized statement necklace. For a similar look, combine Denimocracy’s Metallic Denim Legging ($80) with Minkpink’s Ring Master Cropped Blazer ($73.99, reduced from $124) and Free People’s Topaz Bib Necklace ($129.95, reduced from $198).

STYLE TIP #3 / Give shape to a loose-fit dress by adding a structured blazer: Rachel Bilson’s petite frame would be swamped if she was to wear a loose-fit dress like this without giving it a little shape. Instead of the usual, belt fix, Rachel added a structured blazer, giving her silhouette some shape without taking away from the dress. To style your blazer a la Rachel, we think that Quiksilver’s Gloria Dress ($98) makes for a fashionable stand-in, especially when paired with Fashionista’s Slim Boyfriend Jacket ($188). Add further shape to your look by adding these Ankle Wrap Women’s Shoes ($29.99) by Delicious.

STYLE TIP #4 / Use your blazer as a winter-to-summer transitional piece by pairing it with printed sweaters and chunky scarves: The blazer is the perfect piece for transitioning from winter to summer, most importantly for its layering qualities. Here, Nicole throws it over a thick sweater and adds a chunky scarf, an outfit that will work in winter and can be transformed as you move closer to summer. We like Lynne Hiriak’s Cardigan ($177) paired with Pour La Victoire’s Women’s Irma Boots ($449.95) and Madewell’s Garcon Blazer ($148). Add this Scarf ($19.50) from Express for the finishing touch.

STYLE TIP #5 / Tone down the sexiness of a bandage dress by throwing a cropped blazer over the top: As you would expect from a girl whose mother is the epitome of French chic, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld has defined sexy with her lace mini dress. Here, she uses her blazer to tone down the look, throwing it over the dress and adding tights to keep the colors streamlined. Try this Lace Vest Dress ($59.49) from ASOS with Juicy Couture’s Cropped Tuxedo Blazer ($198). Add this pair of Strappy Platform Sandal ($19.84, reduced from $24.80) by Forever21 to complete the look.

STYLE TIP #6 / Drape an oversized blazer over a simple jean-and-tee combo for the ultimate in casual-cool: Our final Style Tip comes from teen sensation Dakota Fanning, who has mixed up a youthful look by pairing an oversized blazer with ballet flats and a loose tee, completing the outfit with a pair of skinny jeans. This We The Free Burnout Pocket Tee ($19.95, reduced from $58) will look great with J Brand’s Twill Skinny Jeans ($185). Complete the look with Perlina’s Women’s Seville Ballerina Flat ($92.95) and Topshop’s Premium Vintage Style Blazer ($110).

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