Clothes vs. Outfits: The Navy Blazer
Apr 30, 2014
Every professional woman should own a navy blazer. It’s a versatile, classic piece that will become a wardrobe workhorse in no time. This blazer from Mango is a nice, inexpensive choice (though I’d switch out that button post-haste). I also like this J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer (in petite and tall) and this Tahari one-button blazer. Plus-size? Try this blazer from Jones New York.
This first outfit uses the aqua Zara skirt for a few weeks back to create an outfit that would be perfect for a creative work environment or a professional one with a more relaxed feel. The pieces are all professional in shape and style but the bright color adds a bit of fun and boldness. I also like this top from J.Crew that comes in several colors and is the perfect piece to wear under cardigans or blazers.
Would you prefer a different color skirt? Banana Republic makes a pencil in dark pink (also in tall), and J.Crew makes one in kelly green. You could also try the look with a flirty, printed skirt like this one from Kate Spade.
I love the look of coral and navy together. For this outfit, I chose a crepe dress with a v-neckline to complement the cut of the blazer. I also added rose gold jewelry to play with the hues of pink in the dress. The ring in the set is meant for stacking and comes in rose, yellow, silver and pewter, so layer away.
This outfit is for a casual work environment. I like the mix of a crisp white jean and a navy blazer. For shoes, I would choose a nude flat or strappy flat sandal. I also like how the yellow gold jewelry plays with the shades of yellow in the top, but you could choose any metal you like. And if you like the look, but you don’t work in a casual environment, switch the jeans out for a white trouser from Anne Klein (also in petite and plus).
Sadly, this wrap dress is sold out. I found a similar, navy-print wrap at Ralph Lauren and a blue and white floral wrap from Tart. Want a bit more color? This dress from Donna Morgan comes in a bold, teal and navy print.
This outfit is great for a Friday when you need to be dressed professionally, but you want to be comfortable. You can also lose the blazer and wear the dress and heels out to dinner or drinks. The Ivanka Trump pumps are a great buy, but they do run big, so keep that in mind. And do not miss the Michael Kors ring, it has a tortoise inner band that is really chic.
Aside from with a suit, how do you like to wear your navy blazer?