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A blazer has the ability to elevate any look. Like, you could wear a cropped blazer over your pajamas and have an acceptable work outfit. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you get my point: If you’re ever feeling unsure about an outfit, chances are throwing a blazer over it will make it 10 times more pulled together. This is doubly true if your blazer is part of a suit. (Or worn with matching pants or a skirt to give the appearance of one.)
It helps, then, to have more than one blazer in your arsenal. I, unfortunately, own only one, and while I love it, I definitely need to diversify. These recent celebrity looks, below, are providing me with plenty of shopping guidance. If I buy blazers inspired by all of them, will I become fancy? Will my next promotion be to CEO? Only one way to find out.
Theron’s oversized double-breasted black blazer and shiny silver leggings create a nice balance. (To copy her boxy blazer, walk over to the men’s department.) The simple white T-shirt underneath keeps things clean and simple.
Meanwhile, Ridley’s red-on-red pantsuit is fun, not “presidential debate,” thanks to bootcut trousers and a pointy red heel. The suit’s double-breasted blazer has ’70s vibes but is totally modern.
Bradley Cooper is often credited with bringing back the three-piece suit. (The credit should mostly go to his stylist, Ilaria Urbinati, though Cooper does manage to wear the hell out of them.) So it makes sense that Shayk would take a style cue from her ex—and then take the whole damn thing to the next level with a metallic-striped four-piece suit. (Her shoes are made from the same fabric.) Post-event, she can wear the blazer with jeans when she meets the moms in her daughter’s daycare class for coffee.
Pardon me, Ella, is that a sweats pantsuit? The gym-ready fabric—worn with an unbuttoned shirt and loosened tie—makes for casual, playful look that’s perfect for a weekend where you want to feel simultaneously done-up and undone.
Tookes’s velvet blazer here keeps her warm and helps her transition a workday look to a night-out lewk. Wear the jacket and add tights and booties for meetings and such, then strip down to just the dress and swap in sandals for a holiday party. (Or wear the blazer to the club. You’ll be cozy, and the world will be reminded that you’re a fancy person!)
I've always been scared to try a sequined blazer, but Kurkova masterfully pulls one off here. The matching fabrics in complementary colors are key.
Wear this tweedy green skirt suit and you’ll instantly be given the keys to a corner office. And even if you’re wearing jeans and a tee, if you toss the blazer over your shoulders as Beckham did here, a plate of caviar will just show up on your desk.
Originally Appeared on Glamour