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HOW TO STYLE YOUR BLAZER LIKE AN ICON

04.06.15

The blazer is a timeless wardrobe hero and one that can take on a multitude of guises depending on how it is styled. We've looked to four icons of fashion through the ages to inspire our new-season looks, from a polished option like Charlotte Rampling's head to toe suiting to something somewhat more relaxed à la Caroline de Maigret.

A FEMININE TOUCH

To lend your tailored look a feminine edge, take your cue from Olivia Palermo, who cinches the waist of her single-breasted blazer with a slim leather belt. Styled buttoned up, her jacket acts in lieu of a top as opposed to a cover-up and the pushed-back sleeves create a somewhat more relaxed aesthetic. The clean lines of the blazer juxtapose the fluidity of her culottes and metallic accents on her accessories add a discreet yet decorative final touch.

NEUTRAL HUES

Lauren Hutton proves the blazer’s year-round relevance in her summer-ready, soft-hued style. A look that’s especially on-point this season and easy to re-create, neutral tailoring emulates chic 18-hour style. Layer a cropped or longline blazer over tonal separates – a simple tee and a floaty skirt are especially feminine. Topped off with a statement hat, this look is effortless and pulled-together all at once. Add accessories in complementary hues for a personal twist.

SMART MEETS CASUAL

Queen of Parisian-chic style Caroline de Maigret gives a lesson in dressing down your tailored separates. She styles her black boyfriend blazer in a way that gives the wardrobe classic a personal edge – with signature tousled hair, smudgy eyeliner, and worn extra oversized for an air of nonchalance. If your personal style is somewhat more casual than tailoring would usually allow for, then this is your chance to experiment. Layer a slouchy blazer over a simple cotton tee and wear it with printed trousers to keep the look eclectic and contemporary.

HEAD TO TOE

The most iconic take on styling the blazer is as part of a suit. Emulate Charlotte Rampling’s timeless style with a grey checked two-piece, choosing a slim-leg trouser in lieu of her wide-leg pair for a slightly more modern slant. A sleeveless high-neck top makes a chic alternative to the shirt and works with or without the blazer so it’s the ideal year-round piece. Think outside the box when it comes to accessorising and add costume-style jewellery and a men’s tie pin to really make a statement.