Whether it's a deceptively simple, completely impressive dessert or a transforming tube of styling crème, we appreciate anything that makes us look effortlessly polished. Considering these proclivities, it's probably no wonder that we're mad about blazers in all shapes and sizes. After all, it's one of the few articles of clothing that can instantly refine almost any ensemble. A blazer can upgrade jeans and a blouse to an office-ready outfit, add a little structure to a flirty and girly dress, and always looks sophisticated with a sharp pair of trousers-who could resist?
This impressively multi-tasking item has become a cornerstone of our daily dressing and we figured this might be true for you, dear readers, too. Accordingly, we assembled a quintet of amazing jackets for you today, including a few investment pieces and a few affordable options as well. Hopefully you'll find the right one for you!
1. Plastic Island Tux Linen Jacket ($198)
For our first pick, we selected a beloved blazer style reworked in a seasonally appropriate way. That's right, the tux jacket gets a spring makeover! Instead of the traditional materials and sober hues (think: black, heavy fabric) Plastic Island made their version in a gorgeous marine blue, lightweight linen blend. It still has the classic cropped, slightly boxy shape, but these little tweaks makes it feel completely fresh. Style it with an equally crisp top, like Elizabeth and James' Laurent Shirt ($225), and a little red-orange lipstick for a fantastic look.
2. Jenni Kayne
Wrap Blazer ($975)
We've said it before, but Jenni Kayne is truly one of the best American sportswear designers and her spring wrap blazer is a testament to her talent. Kayne's pieces are undoubtedly investments, but we promise you'll get a satisfying return on your money, as they lend themselves to endless looks. We're particularly jazzed about her textured cotton Wrap Blazer; it's a luxe, lovely, and versatile piece. One of our favorite ways to wear this jacket is nipped in at the waist and paired with a silky harem-inspired pant, as styled above. The blazer comes with its own double-wrap leather belt, but we cinched it with Deena & Ozzy's 3 O-Ring Belt ($28) instead. We finished the outfit with a pair of Vince's Suave Crop Pants ($195) and Urban Outfitters' Mixed Bead Statement Necklace ($34) for a final ensemble that's very French Vogue!
3. Topshop Ponte Boyfriend Jacket ($135)
If you're like us, you've come to depend on your boyfriend jacket to add some menswear-flair to your everyday outfits. Since this style has become such a reliable silhouette, we suggest picking up this new necessity in a decidedly girly hue, like hot pink! Topshop's gorgeous fuchsia jacket is simultaneously structured and soft, so throw it on over something body-conscious, like Elizabeth and James' Tube Dress ($345) and grab your favorite pendant necklace (we used the Key Necklace ($18) from Urban Outfitters, only available in stores) as a finishing touch.
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Flagstone Tweed Jacket ($338)
There is so much to adore about this superb tweed jacket, we practically don't know where to begin! First of all, the timeless fabric is perfect for transitioning into spring and will still look stylish come fall. Secondly, the cropped sleeves, figure-flattering cut, and slightly short length are all very modern. Finally, we're quite fond of the finishing details, specifically the bold buttons! Though you could wear this blazer over anything, we like it with something a little sexy, like a Pins and Needles Vintage Cup Slip ($54) and a couple of cool necklaces. (We used a Love Lila By Round Designs Bow Necklace ($34), DLC by Dirty Librarian Chain Necklace ($38) and vintage rhinestone necklace for the story.)
5. Alexander Wang Double Breasted Jacket ($625)
Our final pick for Top 5: Blazers comes from a gentleman we all know and love-Alexander Wang. The fashion-world favorite created a to-die-for double-breasted stretch-wool jacket for spring. This long and lean blazer is smartly designed with slim, cropped sleeves, smart-looking welt pockets, and embellished with six buttons. While it would look super-chic worn with trousers, we like it juxtaposed with something a little more casual, like a worn-in tee and skinny jeans. Try BDG's Carrot Shape Tee ($24), Cheap Monday's Narrow Skinny Jeans ($50) in Cheap Unwash, plus the necklaces shown with the Marc by Marc Jacobs blazer.