A good blazer is the true workhorse of any wardrobe. Throw it on top of tailored or slouchy pants, a pair of denim jeans or shorts (and yes, even sweatpants), and you’ll have yourself an outfit you can wear day to night. The question, however, is: What do blazers look like now? For the past few years, it’s been all about the power shoulder. Stemming from our affection toward the ’80s-ness of fashion and the nostalgia of that era, big and bold shoulders hit full throttle, replacing the short, figure-conscious blazers of the early 2000s. Everyone rejoiced at the comeback of power suiting.
The good news? Blazers in 2022 are getting even bigger. You can chalk it up to Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga, who’s been introducing silhouettes equipped with monumental shoulders and even bigger lapels. In his spring 2023 collection, Denma sent a slew of oversized, slouchy blazers down the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange — keeping the trend very much alive and well. And back in February, Versace introduced a lineup of larger-than-life blazers, cinched at the waist, corset-style. Prada and Louis Vuitton followed suit. The verdict seems to still be: Go big, or go home.
Clearly, big blazers aren’t going anywhere, and I, for one, am grateful they’re sizing up. I’m embracing the trend wholly. Case in point: This outfit, which puts grandpa’s ol’ suit to work. No one does suiting quite like Anine Bing, and this khaki number is no exception. The plaid pattern adds a certain bookish element to the look, and the wool fabric makes it a great year-round staple to own. Balancing out the fullness of the blazer is this body-hugging jersey dress from Ganni. The Copenhagen-based brand is a master at creating easy-wearing daily staples that perfectly meld comfort and style together.
Brown Tibi boots play off of the nutty, salted-caramel colors of the blazer, and blue laces echo back the dress’s punchy azure color. To tie it all together: these rectangular-shaped shades from Australian sunglasses brand, Le Specs. The right-angled silhouette pays quiet homage to the ‘90s, without being too trend-driven. So, want to recreate my look? Here’s where to shop these pieces — plus a few different blazer options for your power-suiting needs.
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Note: Tibi’s brown boots are currently out of stock, but I’ve provided a close alternative.
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