Beyond Black Blazer Basics

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Beyond Black Blazer Basics
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Simple, classic and tailored, a black blazer should be a staple in every woman’s closet. Whether you want to pull together a casual outfit, look sleek in the office or set off a chic evening style, a black blazer is up to the task. While traditionally considered fairly masculine, the right fit, cut and accessories, bring the blazer an air of femininity that can be paired with almost any outfit.

Short and Fitted
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Short and Fitted

You don’t need actress Christina Hendricks’ body to accentuate your curves. A short, fitted black blazer that cinches just below the bust will highlight your waist to create an hourglass figure in a classic and understated way. Pair a blazer with a brightly colored or patterned shirt and dark denim to create an outfit perfect for running around town or a casual dinner with friends.

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Long and Lean
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Long and Lean

Choose a long and lean black blazer for a truly slimming silhouette, as shown here by Veronica Webb, fashion director of Circa. Stick with fitted dark pants and a classic white button-down to keep the look simple, but don’t be afraid to add a pop of color in your shoes or accessories.

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Boxy but Feminine
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Boxy but Feminine

A boxy black blazer is perfect for adding structure to a feminine and flowing skirt or dress. Look for a boxy blazer with small embellishments, like the slightly puffed shoulders in this blazer worn by actress Rachel Bilson, to keep the jacket from feeling too masculine. If you choose a boxy cut, make sure it fits your figure and shoulders properly.

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Simple and Unstructured
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Simple and Unstructured

Blazers don’t have to be stuffy. Keep it comfortable, but chic with a loose, unstructured black blazer paired with simple solids, like this outfit worn by model Jessica Hart. The key with an unstructured blazer is to wear slim-fitting and sleek pants so the outfit doesn’t look frumpy or ill-fitting. Wear ballet flats or loafers to complement your skinny pant.

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Two-Button Classic
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Two-Button Classic

Simple and structured, a classic two-button black blazer is a great way to pull an outfit together. Stick to basic staple pieces for the rest of your outfit, but add some color with your shoes or purse, like actress Gemma Arterton does here with her cute yellow clutch. Fun accessories will keep this sophisticated look from being too plain. If you're really feeling bold, wear your blazer with leather leggings like Arterton.

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Casual and Cozy
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Casual and Cozy

Keep it casual, as Spanish actress Michelle Jenner does in a simple black blazer paired with jeans and a flowy, tunic top. The small lapel and slim, but loose fit of the blazer is key for keeping this ensemble looking sweet and stylish, instead of bulky and overwhelming. Pair your outfit with lace-up boots for a trendy take on this chic outfit.

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Fitted Tuxedo
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Fitted Tuxedo

Think monochromatic, like Jennifer Aniston in this fitted tuxedo blazer, black shirt and dark grey pants. The dark colors paired with the upscale style of the tuxedo jacket are great for a night on the town or an important business meeting. If all that black leaves you feeling a little dreary, accentuate the long lapels of the tuxedo jacket with a bold or layered necklace.

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Be Bold
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Be Bold

Add flair to the traditional white buttoned shirt and black blazer combination by wearing brightly-colored pants. Don’t be afraid to wear lapels with a little sheen, like French model and fashion designer Ines de la Fressange in her electric blue slacks and gold bangles. Think fun and colorful; let the blazer pull it all together.

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Silky and Sophisticated
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Silky and Sophisticated

For an upscale event, opt for a silk or satin black blazer to add sophistication to your evening attire. The slight sheen of a high-end fabric, like the silk blazer worn here by Julia Roberts, exudes elegance. Choose a classic cocktail dress and stylish heels to pair with this swanky blazer style. Don't forget to rock a beautiful statement necklace or pair of earrings.

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Evening Layers
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Evening Layers

As the weather turns colder, a strapless evening gown might not cut it for a chilly night out. Actress Amanda Righetti demonstrates how a tailored black blazer is practical and chic when it comes to keeping warm in a stylish evening dress. Have fun with different dress fabrics by mixing and matching soft and sleek textures with your blazer.

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Contrasting Fabrics
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Contrasting Fabrics

Youthful but still chic enough to wear with a cocktail dress, a black blazer with contrasting fabric in the lapels is a fun alternative to the traditional black. Shown here by Blake Lively, this type of funky blazer should be paired with a embellished, fun dress. Choose a blazer with shorter sleeves, or roll the sleeves up to keep the style looking fresh.

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Cute and Cropped
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Cute and Cropped

Tone down a bright color or floral print with a cropped black blazer, as shown here by Nikki Reed. The understated silhouette and simple tailoring of a short blazer keeps the focus on your fabulous outfit, but stops bright or loud prints from overwhelming your look.

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The Feminine Tuxedo
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The Feminine Tuxedo

While a full tuxedo might be too masculine for some people's tastes, the right fit and embellishments make the tuxedo a women’s fashion "do." Actress Dakota Johnson shows off her tailored tuxedo look with a classic white shirt, funky black bow tie and fitted black pants. Gold hardware on the blazer and pants adds a feminine flair that ties this outfit together perfectly.

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Fun and Funky
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Fun and Funky

Shorts and a T-shirt may not seem all that stylish, but add a sexy, tailored tuxedo jacket and you’ve got an outfit ready for a night out. As tennis player Serena Williams demonstrates here in sassy black shorts, a simple white T-shirt and glittery black heels. Sticking to simple, but bold pieces that fit well, will help keep the jacket from overwhelming the rest of your outfit. A large, bold belt can tie everything together Be sure to choose a nice heel (or pretty ballet flat) to avoid looking too casual.

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Classic Masculine
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Classic Masculine

A masculine black blazer can be feminized with the right fit and a pop of color. Like Salma Hayek in this black suit, choose a fitted shirt or vest and a colorful scarf to counter the manly feel of the blazer and loose, straight-legged trousers. A unique clutch or a bold piece of jewelry will add another touch of intrigue to your outfit.

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Laid-Back Comfort
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Laid-Back Comfort

For a comfortable, but pulled together look, pair a basic black blazer with a loose blouse and jeans, like actress Charlize Theron. Choose a shirt with an interesting pattern or color, but avoid anything too fitted and stuffy. Perfect for the office or lunch with the ladies, this combination appears effortless and easy.

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