One Blazer, Two Ways

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Today I wanted to showcase how to style a blazer for work and for a night out! While I’ve always loved dressing up and wore something “work appropriate” almost every day in high school, I feel like several of my college friends are just now delving into the world of professional attire as we start to do interviews, participate in internships, and look for jobs after college. It can be a pain in the butt to buy something you only think you’ll wear for an interview or a job, which is why I want to show all my fellow high school and college gals how to make the most of that blazer for any event.

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The Work Outfit

I went to a Catholic high school where we had to dress extra fancy for mass days, and girls had the option of either wearing a dress or a skirt. Or, as my English teacher and cross country coach always loved pointing out, we also had the option to “rock the Hillary Clinton pantsuit.” I knew he always meant it jokingly (I’m sure he assumed, What high school girl would ever wear a pantsuit?) so you can imagine his surprise when I walked up to him in the hallway one mass day in this outfit and declared, “I’m rocking the Hillary Clinton pantsuit!” as I twirled and walked away. He laughed.

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Since taking these photos, I have actually decided that the fit and length of these pants are extremely unflattering on me, but I still love the concept of this look. My JCPenney suit has hints of pleather on both pieces that help give it an unexpected and edgy vibe. I paired it with simple black heels, statement earrings, a gorgeous burgundy tie-front blouse, and my absolute favorite purse ever—this Kate Spade handbag! I just feel like a boss lady whenever I carry this purse.

This outfit would be great for an interview or any high-end office job. I was considering working at the Denver Capitol building last summer (before Covid hit), and this outfit would’ve been perfect!

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The Night-Out Look

To transition your blazer from day to night, I recommend reaching for fun, metallic accessories. I picked these rose gold sandals, a shiny bag, and a pearl belt. (In fact, you may recognize this outfit—I styled a very similar look a few weeks ago with this pink blazer.) Picking a clutch purse over a handbag also helps draw the distinction between work and play, and adding more dramatic makeup would be a great addition to your night-out look.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to show a little more skin! I chose this black tank to layer underneath the blazer, but it’s very trendy right now to wear a crop top/bralette alone underneath a loose “boyfriend” fit blazer (see here). I’ve even seen people wear a lingerie bodysuit under a blazer if you’re feeling so bold… I can’t say I would recommend it, though.

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While I don’t really go out much (yet), I think this look would be super cute for getting drinks with girlfriends once I turn 21. It would be great for any dinner out, really, and swapping out the shoes for flats would easily make this outfit daytime appropriate in a more casual setting. In fact, I’ve worn this blazer with a grey tee and jeans to class before.

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Do you own a lot of blazers? Do you style them multiple ways or keep them strictly professional? You can shop some cute ones in the widget below! I think blazers are so fun to wear and elevate any outfit. From girl boss to bad-ass babe, you can’t go wrong with blazers in my mind. Hope you enjoyed today’s post, and have a great Monday!

 

Miles of smiles,

Grace

 

Work Outfit

Maroon Tie-Front Blouse: Banana Republic, $30, last worn here | Grey Blazer: JCPenney, $35, last worn here | Matching Pants: JCPenney, $16, last worn here | Black Heels: DSW, $40, last worn here | Polka Dot Handbag: Kate Spade Outlet, $88, last worn here

Night-Out Look

Black Cami: JCPenney, $6, last worn here | Grey Blazer: JCPenney, $35, last worn here | Skinny Jeans: JCPenney, $25, last worn here | Purse: Borrowed from my mom | Rose Gold Sandals: Macy’s, $21, last worn here

14 comments on “One Blazer, Two Ways”

  1. I have a few blazers and always like to wear them casually with jeans and summer sandals. I love how your dark grey blazer compliments burgundy blouse; a match made in heaven. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

  2. I love both of these! You definitely look very professional in that first one. I actually really like the length on you but they might not be the best fit in the crotch area . I wouldn’t have noticed though if you didn’t point out the fit. Your shoes and accessories are perfect. I just bought the cutest clutch at cracker barrel and even though it is summery I want to make it work all year. You look great. And if there you’ve are with the tripod, you are good!!
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    1. Thanks so much, Mireille! Yes, I completely agree – the fit in the crotch area is not good. And Cracker Barrel has the cutest purses and things! Can’t wait to see you style it!

  3. Grace, what a gorgeous suit! I love that burgundy blouse on you, too. So beautiful. I have these same exact pants from JCPenney (without the blazer..I thrifted the pants) and I wore them once for photos and realized they were super unflattering on me, too! Although I think they look lovely on you. They kept sticking to my legs in really weird ways and causing strange bunching! The blazer is really great and looks just as amazing with jeans! Thanks for linking up, my friend.

    Shelbee
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    1. Thank you Shelbee! But yes I totally agree, they bunch super weird, especially in the crotch area, and they do kind of stick weird to my legs, too. But I love the blazer!

  4. This is a really super suit! It’s so good to get your monies worth and wear both pieces separately. Thanks for sharing – do stop by my blog and join #chicandstylish on Thursday. Jacqui x

  5. What a fun suit on you and I love a blazer and denim look! this is the perfect suit look for a young professional I think, the length of the pants is really modern!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

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