How To Wear A Blazer This Fall, No Matter The Occasion

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There are few scenarios in which a blazer doesn't make sense. It's great for the office of course, but even in casual scenarios — a dinner with friends, a weekend get-together, even a date — there's always a way to make your favorite blazer shine. But this fall, how to wear a blazer is an especially important topic since this outerwear — with or without matching suit bottoms — will be everywhere.

If your blazer collection is sorely lacking, the first step in all of this is to pick one or two simple options that you know you'll reach for week after week. Classic black, beige, or plaid are all great places to start. Right now, oversize styles are particularly on trend, but a well-tailored iteration never goes out of style. Once you've found the blazer, next you'll want to move to clever outfit combinations. If you're considering a 9-to-5 look, try layering a blazer over a thin turtleneck or silk blouse for an easy formula that always looks polished, especially when accessorized with this season's chunky chain necklace trend. Heading on a date? Drape a satin blazer over a slip dress for an alluring duo.

Ahead, see how Instagram influencers are using fresh color pairings, and unexpected layering techniques to make blazers feel especially fresh this season.

Neutrals Galore

Forget the antiquated rule of never mixing neutrals, and style different subdued hues together all at once. The result always feels slightly more nuanced than wearing one color head to toe, and it opens the door to more outfit possibilities. This fall, try a brown blazer with a white tee and leather skirt for an especially on-trend ensemble.

Tried And True

There's truly no going wrong with a menswear-inspired blazer and straight-leg denim combination. Play around with the accessories to change up the vibe each time, like a geometric handbag and strappy sandals for the first month or so of autumn.

Made For A Mini

Before the weather cools down, transition from summer to fall by embracing color and layering a bright blazer over your favorite mini dress. It's a playful party look that looks chic with fun flats or tall boots.

Suit Up

This one's easy: grab a matching pair of slacks to create a fall suit look you'll feel stylish and chic in, every time. This time around, try a check pattern for a fitting seasonal approach to blazer dressing.

All For Oversize

Sometimes bigger is better, especially when you're talking about fashion silhouettes. Reach for a boxy blazer and wear it with the season's oh-so-cool baggy jeans trend. The doubling up of oversized silhouettes creates a sense of balance.

Feeling Blue

Go against the inclination to always reach for classic black and try a fresh approach to monochrome dressing by styling a midnight blue blazer with contrast-stitch denim. To finish, a pair of bright blue heels, of course.

Blazer As Top

If you're feeling especially bold, wear your blazer buttoned up as a top with just a swim top or bra peeking out from underneath. Style with a pair of roomy slacks and ankle boots for a cool day-to-night look.

West-Coast Cool

If statement dressing sounds appealing to you, then reach for a statement blazer that needs no introduction. Wear with a LBD or black knit and skirt for a downtown versatile look that lets your outerwear do the talking.

Unexpected Layers

The sweater-as-scarf trend is an easy transitional look. This fall, try it out with a blazer in the outfit for a dimensional (and convenient) finish.

Leg Up

Tall boots paired with mini hemlines is going to be a combination du jour this fall; try it out with a big blazer layered on top to add a little structure.