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Matching your blazer with the correct blouse is a cinch as long as you stick by a few guidelines. Determine what the occasion is, what style you're looking for and consider the color of your blazer. Dressier events call for more polished looks while casual days beg for a more laid-back vibe. Oh, and remember -- if you wear a colorful blazer, pair it with a neutral blouse. If you wear a neutral blazer, pair it with either another neutral or a colorful blouse. That's all you need for a stunning match.
When you've found a deconstructed blazer, your first instinct is probably to jump for joy at the easy, luxe look it offers. Your second reaction might include total confusion over how to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Imagine you're wearing a pale gray, slouchy blazer that hits at your hips. Pull it over an equally slouchy top -- adding a structured top would ruin the vibe. Go with a white cotton pullover blouse with crochet detailing at the neck. Slide on a pair of medium-blue, distressed boyfriend jeans and step into brown gladiator sandals. So chic.
The boyfriend blazer is incredibly versatile and comfortable. Totally worthy of brunch with friends as well as work, the icing on the cake is that its extra length and roomy fit mean you can create easy-breezy outfits that don't grab your body. If you're wearing a neutral boyfriend blazer such as navy blue, pull on a printed, lightweight blouse in bold colors -- think turquoise blue with creme and purple specks. If you're wearing a bold blazer such as red, pull on a neutral blouse such as black. For either option, slide on black skinny pants and black pumps. Beautiful.
When you're sporting a cropped blazer, you may start to shows signs of hemline anxiety. Don't stress too much about the length of your shirt -- anything goes. Imagine you're starting with a cropped charcoal blazer. For a casual take, opt for a tunic-length, creme-hued blouse with a half button placket. Slide on dark blue straight-leg jeans and nude pumps. To dress your blazer up, tuck the same blouse into navy trousers and pop your feet back into those nude pumps. The cropped blazer is one multifunctional styling piece.
The classic blazer is the one that's fitted, well-tailored and looks like it belongs to the pants of a suit. Visualize yourself in a black classic blazer and the rest of your outfit will take shape easily. For day or night, pull this baby on over a gray, silky, sleeveless, untucked blouse, dark rinse skinny jeans and light gray, high-heel booties. For a similar, office-appropriate look, tuck the same gray blouse into slim black slacks, step into your gray booties and you're ready to go.