Sorry, But My Trend Crystal Ball Says This Type of Blazer Is Going Out of Style


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When taking in the fashion landscape over the past few years, it would be extremely difficult to miss the overwhelming popularity of oversize, boxy blazers. The cool style has been spotted everywhere from the runways to the wardrobes of the most stylish influencers, all worn in a variety of ways. However, as with any trend, the most fashion-forward people are already looking for the next It style to come along. In this case, it happens to be the nipped-waist blazer. This fresh style still has a longer hem, but the shape has taken a strong swing toward sculptural with an hourglass effect.

In fact, Who What Wear's stylish co-founder Hillary Kerr recently shared the merits of this fresh blazer style on her Instagram Stories: "The fitted waistline is so lovely. So many styles just look like they're swallowing you whole; this one isn't tight at the waist. It just skins in an elegant way." Soon after, I spotted the latest Helsa collection featuring a buzzy fitted-waist blazer, and that's when it clicked. This is the next trend in blazers.

This structured, cinched design is actually nothing new. It's really a fun revival of the jacket style that reigned supreme back in the '80s and early '90s. And it's no wonder why it's coming back into the spotlight—the silhouette is streamlined, figure highlighting, and all-around super chic. Balenciaga is known for this signature look, but it's now finally being spotted across the fashion landscape. Ahead, I rounded up 23 great options for getting the look, plus a variety of outfit ideas featuring the fitted blazer style.


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Camille Charrière pairs her fitted blazer with ankle-slit pants and jeweled sandals.


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Amy Lefévre takes her cinched blazer to the next level with matching pants.


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Charlotte Groeneveld is the epitome of cool with her structured black blazer, jeans, and trendy ballet flats.


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Angela Fink gave her black blazer the party treatment with a pair of black trousers, a glitzy bag, and embellished pumps.


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Sylvie Mus has me considering opting for a navy fitted-waist blazer over my usual black selection.


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Elsa Hosk dons a cinched-waist blazer from her very own Helsa collection.

Next up: The Three-Question Method to Figure Out If Something Is Timeless or Trendy

Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently the shopping updates editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.