If you don't own a blazer of some type, you should head out and buy one asap. They are so versatile and functional -- in any woman's wardrobe -- they become priceless. Add a touch of class to any casual look, throw it on when there's a chill in the air or add structure to feminine pieces -- all these uses are offered by the blazer. One look that's taking fashion editorials and catwalks by storm requires pairing your blazer with shorts. Steal it from high fashion's think tank and make it your own.
Button-up. The look you're going for here is playful androgyny, so find a lightweight plaid button-up shirt with color. Try green, hunter and navy or yellow, red and green. Make sure the top isn't tight, you want it to have some room.
Choose a fitted schoolboy blazer for this look. You might be able to find one at a thrift shop. If you can't find one, buy a fitted blazer and have it cropped and the sleeves shortened by a tailor.
Borrow from Bermuda. Pick a pair of Bermuda shorts (shorts that end a couple of inches above your knee) in a dark color for fall and winter or a light color for spring and summer. Navy or pale yellow are good choices.
Get dressed. If it's fall or winter, put on a pair of dark opaque tights. Put on your shirt, your shorts and your blazer. Tuck your shirt in. Wear ballet flats with the tights or a pair of oxford-style shoes if your legs are bare. Leave your hair down or put it up in a feminine style, like a bun or high pony tail. If you're going out at night, put on a pair of heels.
Try another look for night: short, black shorts, tights, heels, a silk blouse and black fitted blazer on top. Accessorize with long chain necklaces.