A blazer is a tried-and-true wardrobe staple; but if you're tired of the usual tailored styles that make you think of stiff business suits, a lace blazer can be an ideal change of pace. Team it with both casual and dressy pieces from your closet depending on where you're headed and expect to turn a few heads.
Casual and Relaxed
While a lace blazer definitely has a standout look, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress it down as part of a casual outfit. During the day, opt for a taupe or tan lace blazer and layer it over a white V-neck T-shirt, boot-cut jeans and brown suede ankle boots. Or try your lace blazer with a casual skirt -- pair a dusty rose blazer with an A-line denim skirt and ballet flats for a polished, low-key vibe. When you’re going out for the evening, create a sexy, flirty outfit with a black lace blazer, a silky white or gray camisole, dark-wash skinny jeans and black peep-toe pumps.
You may not think of a lace blazer as office wear, but an opaque style can be a feminine option for work if you choose one in a light neutral shade like beige, tan or gray. Button it over a classic white oxford style blouse and a black pencil skirt for a professional ensemble. Add black pumps and simple pearl stud earrings to complete your outfit. Or mix things up and team the blazer with a pair of trousers -- soften the look of menswear-inspired gray and black pinstripe trousers with a gray lace blazer, a white silk shell and a pair of pointy toe black pumps.
Edgy and Modern
A lace blazer has a decidedly girly vibe, so combining it with edgy separates creates a striking contrast. Try wearing your jacket with leather pieces for a mixture of sweet and tough. Go for a sexy monochromatic look by wearing a sheer black lace blazer over a black tank top and black leather pants. Add strappy black stilettos to tie the outfit together. You can also create a bold color contrast by pairing a sheer white lace blazer over a black camisole and a black leather pencil skirt. Throw on a pair of studded black ankle boots and you’re ready for a night out.
If you’re headed to a cocktail party or other event where you want to dress to impress, a lace blazer is an ideal layering piece for dressier looks. Wear a navy lace blazer over a blue velvet tube dress and pair the combo with nude pumps for an elegant ensemble. Or go with a white lace blazer and wear it over a red satin corset top and pencil skirt for some bombshell style. Finish the look off with red peep-toe heels to make a serious style statement.
Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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