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.