Take a stroll through Soho or stop for lunch in Union Square, and odds are you can count on more than one hand the New Yorkers breezing by in a plaid blazer. As fall settles in, the stylish women are leaning into the next big NYC outfit trend and sporting their own takes on the preppy-cool piece.
Clearly, the city's trendsetters are onto something because a quick browse online proves that many brands are struggling just to keep this seasonal staple in stock. These blazers are flying off the digital shelves, but don't fret—we've found plenty of cool versions that you can still ship straight to your door.
But how to style the outfit trend once you've finally decided to give it a try? We're turning to the street style of New York Fashion Week for inspiration. Below are nine different ways to embrace your inner Blair Waldorf and try the prep-school favorite on for size. While you might have a favorite way to sport a blazer, we're always inclined to offer options. This way, you can wear it every day of the week without ever feeling bored. Ready to tackle the trend?
Blazer + Track Pants
Mix preppy with sporty by styling a blazer with a cool pair of track pants. To make the pants feel office appropriate, add flats and a structured bag.
blazer + slip dress
While a slip dress can feel a bit revealing for day, by adding a blazer to your look, it's just relaxed enough.
blazer set + sock boots
What's better than a plaid blazer? A full-on suit set. Add sock boots for a trendy take for the coming months.
blazer + leggings
Leggings don't have to be super casual. A pair of stirrup leggings paired with your blazer and high heels are dressed up enough to impress your boss.
blazer + dress + sneakers
Styling a dress with sneakers is one of our favorite playful pairings. When you throw in a blazer, it just feels that much more put-together.
blazer + contrasting pants
Don't be intimidated to mix your plaids. Try prints of different sizes but in the same color story, and you're all set.
blazer + corset belt
If an oversize blazer feels too bulky to you, get creative and throw a corset on top. It's an unexpected underwear-meets-outwear combination.
Blazer + boyfriend jeans + boots
Want a more relaxed way to wear your blazer? Throw on your favorite vintage-inspired jeans and a pair of ankle boots. It's a low-key look that screams cool.
blazer + denim shirt + jeans
All hail the Canadian tuxedo. To add a bit of texture and intrigue to denim on denim, throw your blazer on top.