Friends, the oversized blazer, and suiting for that matter, is the cornerstone of fashion right now. Take one scroll on Pinterest or Instagram and you might wonder if these tech giants have stock options in Savile Row. Workwear is literally everywhere. So, the question is no longer if you are onboard (that ship sailed seasons ago), but how are you keeping your suiting fresh?
Insert belted blazers.
The Fall 2019 runways and street style set have proved that belted blazers are here for the long game. Tibi, Sacai, Prada, and Marni (to name a few) sent cinched suiting down the catwalk in an array of belt options – from thick to thin and chain to leather. The common denominator? An 80s style blazer lassoed below. I’m talking sharp shoulders, double breasted, and elongated lengths. It’s time to join the pack and nip it in the waist.
The beauty of this trend is designers are making it easy for us to jump in. This season, many blazers come with a belt ready to go, or utilize a belt already in your closet. If you need to add a couple holes for that perfect waist cinch, head to your local shoe repair shop and they will take care of you for a couple of bucks, max. Or, you can always do a fold over knot instead of a traditional buckle.
My favorite style is a medium width (1-2 inch) in a clean brown or black leather. Call me basic. You can add a little flare with an exaggerated length by pulling the end of the belt vertically under the knot or buckle.
If you’re still not convinced, scroll on below for 5 ways to wear the belted blazer. It’s bound to be your signature look in no time (see what I did there?).
OVER A SLIP DRESS
Layering with new silhouettes is another trend on the fashion barometer. Pair a tall heeled boot under your floaty frock to nail the look.
OVER BIKE SHORTS
When your gym uniform becomes fashion. Who knew? Slide into a barely there sandal or structured boot (think cowboy or straight legged 60s style) to elevate the look from work-out to wow.
Full suiting is a fail-safe way to rock the trend. Your boss appreciating your work appropriate look (and can-do attitude) is just icing on the cake.
Vintage denim is key here. Straight leg, mom jeans save the day yet again. To-the-knee jean shorts are also a solid option as the weather heats up.
AS A DRESS
One and done. Look for a blazer dress to achieve the look. Or, if your blazer is long enough, makeshift your own. Pair a short slip or mini dress under the blazer to avoid the Neighborhood Watch Program.
Shop the look and trend below at every price point!