April 6, 2016

5 Easy Ways to Style a Blazer for Everyday

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Blazers, ya’ll. I love a blazer – have always had at least one in my closet for as long as I can remember.

Many of you probably have one as well…or at least think you may want one, because it’s just one of those things – a pretty, classic basic. It’s tricky though. I mean, right? A blazer is a very tailored look, which can make it interesting tying it into your rotation of easy, everyday outfits. It’s simple to pair with work attire or with the occasional date night look, because blazers are so good at adding structure and class to a dressy outfit. But the casual route…???

Well, ma friends…maaaaa friends. My absolute favorite way to wear a blazer is CASUALLY. I actually feel more comfortable in a blazer when it’s dressed down. Considering the fact that I don’t have an office to go to (unless you count my desk in the playroom, covered in sticky peanut butter finger prints, dried up play dough and a million drawings by Mads that I can’t seem to just let go of) and I very rarely get out on a date these days (ya know, newborn and all)…my blazer has to be worn in a more casual way. I love it too much to wait for a dressy occasion (in 10 years – ha. Just kidding. Sort of).

So! I put together some outfits, that I then tested on myself, to prove how very possible it is to wear a blazer with day-to-day, mom on-the-go outfits.

Let’s not take a blazer too seriously.

Outfit 1: Blazer + Sneakers

…because sneakers. No brainer there, yeh? If  casual is what you want, wearing a pair of laid back sneakers will usually do the trick. (stealing a men’s watch from a certain guy helps, too. *cough* Thanks, husband)

a blazer with high top sneakers

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Oh, look. There’s Mads in the background contemplating a little midday, muddy swim (and mom not paying attention).

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Outfit Details

blazer: Banana Republic Lightweight blazer – limited availability, but they have several other blazer options, like their two-button lightweight blazer and this rad long lapel blazer. I would actually love to see the lapel style with jeans and cut-offs.

top: Who What Wear striped Linen Tee – great top to have. In fact, the Who What Wear collection at Target has been on of my favorites. Have you seen any of it??

jeans: Gap Girlfriend Jeans – tested, approved…and not just by me! I have had several readers tell me how much they love them. They have a higher waist, fit a little loose…and yeh. They’re great. Now that I am about 10 weeks postpartum they are an even better fit on me.

shoes: Superga Zipper High tops – awesome shoe. Sole Society also has a new hi top style from Superga and it’s pretty rad. I’ve mentioned it before, but this is THE hi top for tall girls with big feet (me), because it doesn’t make your feet look huge…which is always nice.

watch: borrowed from my husband – have you seen Fossil’s Boyfriend Watches? They have that masculine look with a feminine touch to them. They have it in 21 colors, too. 21 colors, people.

Outfit 2: Blazer + Cut-offs

This is one of my favorite ways to wear a blazer. Maybe it’s the mix of something rough with something more tailored that gets me. Whatever it is, it’s a simple way to make a blazer look more casual. Also, Converse…easy. Shorts aren’t a must either – boyfriend jeans? girl friend jeans? Yep. Go CRAZY with that blazer. haha.

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Outfit Details

blazer: Banana Republic Lightweight Blazer – again, I think there’s only a size 8 left. BR always has their blazer game on though, so I’d take a look at their entire collection of blazers.

sweater: H&M Fine Knit Sweater – love this sweater…and don’t hate the price either. H&M is a fun place to find basics that you really only need in between seasons or for a specific period of time (pregnancy or postpartum). This little sweater has seen me through a couple of postpartum months. Madewell has this sweet lightweight pullover sweater as well (in a few different colors).

shorts: Articles of Society Distressed Denim Shorts  -I broke down and ordered a pair of shorts that actually fit me…after trying on my shorts from two Summers ago (and having a small postpartum breakdown in my closet). I found this awesome pair and they feel good, because…umm…they fit. These are the shorts of Summer, yo. By the way, I did order them in one size up to fit my postpartum bod. I am hoping that they will still fit throughout the Summer – maybe just a little bit more baggy. I can work that.

shoes: Converse Shoreline – these have made me love Converse even more. They make the best run-around cool mom shoes. I live in these.

Outfit 3: Blazer + Maxi

When I find a maxi skirt or dress that I really like, I wear it until it has holes in it. Well, it happened. I found the comfortable maxi skirt of my dreams…and it’s the perfect compliment to my blazer.

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There is that occasional crazy night out, so I  went ahead and dressed it up a bit for date night with a simple shoe swap…

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Oh, yehhhh. I bring that steamy steam to date night. You know it. haa. I meant to add some layered silver necklaces, but forgot. A child must have been yelling for me or something.

Outfit Details

blazer: Banana Republic Lightweight Blazer – almost sold out, but do not fear…this BR blazer style is very similar.

tee: Naps graphic tee – greatest tee ever haha…because naps. Sadly, I can’t find it for ya anymore. However this Slow Jams tee is a winner.

skirt: LOFT Shirred Maxi Skirt (available in Petite & Tall) – yep, I love this skirt. So far I’ve worn it during the week to run around, to church and a little date. If you’re tall, I don’t think you necessarily need a tall. I bought it in a tall and wear it higher on my waist, so that it’s more a high waist deal, but the regular size would be perfect with flats (if worn lower on the waist).

shoes: (top casual pair) Target Maria Slide Sandals – a similar style is these Nine West Weslia Tassel Sandals . Also, $40. Nothing to hate about that. I am all about these Marc Fisher Tassel Sandals, as well.*swoon* The ankle strap just does me in. // (bottom dressy pair) Steven Viienna Sandal – an absolute favorite of mine, with it’s low heel. They always make me feel sexy.

Outfit 4: Blazer + Slouchy Pants

A very casual look, put together a bit more by the blazer. My postpartum waist and hips are on very good terms with forgiving pants that have a stretchy waist. So comfortable and I love wearing it with the denim button up. I’ve never worn it with the blazer before, but am glad I tried it. It gives it all more finished look.

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…then dressed up, because I can never get enough wear out of these shoes and wanted to pretend I do…

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Yeh. I die over them still (and I bought them a few years ago). They’re totally worth the shelf space…even if they only hit the pavement once a year.

Outfit Details

blazer: Banana Republic – consider this very similar BR style, because mine is almost sold out.

top: Who What Wear Chambray – fits loose, which I like. I also really like their frayed hem shirt.

pants: Hatch Collection Daphne Pantgreat pant for maternity and postpartum – comfy and lightweight. However, if you’re considering Hatch pieces, I would definitely be prepared to play around with the sizes. Try them on and be ready to exchange for a different size. I could have gone up one more size from my norm. I don’t think that’s the case for their tops though…or even their other bottoms, so…(post coming on this particular topic?…maaaaaaaybe). I do really like the pieces I have from Hatch though. I think it’s just all about getting into the right size with them.

shoes: (booties) Jeffrey Campbell Cromwell bootie – amazing western-style boot that brings the cool factor. They fit normally and do stay on your heel. // (metallic pumps) Zara – old. Sorry sorry! I know, I’m a terrible human being. UO has something similar and fun. Also to consider, are the J. Crew Mirror Metallic Kitten heel. In fact, I think those would look fantastic with a slouchy pant. (currently 25% off)

lip color: Revlon Just Bitten – great lip colors…I have a few.

necklace: Baublebar – old, but this Lotus Necklace is amazing. It looks like it could dress up anything.

Outfit 5: Blazer + Denim Skirt

This outfit is a bit more funky – a little boho on bottom, business professional on top…and ya know? I like. I thought it was too much of a mix, but it works together.

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Outfit Details

blazer: Banana Republic – almost sold out. This BR style is very similar though. Shop more blazers below.

top: Who What Wear Button Up Blouse – great top for throwing on. I bought it because I was getting bored of wearing just tees every day. It ups my style game. Also, with it’s button-up front…it’s good for all of you nursing mamas.

skirt: Who What Wear Denim Skirt – if you’re looking for a denim pencil skirt, this is one you should try

sandals: Sam Edelman Gladiator Sandal – the particular pair I have seem to be sold out, but their new Demi Sandal is soooo good. It’s basically what I have…maybe just a bit more feminine?…which is not a bad thing at all.

Style Cheat Sheet

…because getting dressed is hard sometimes.

Pin it, print it…whatevz. You do YOU.

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Cheers,

Cams

PS. This…

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Yeh, I know. I am one of the finalists in Redbook Magazine’s Real Women Style competition. I could be ON THE COVER! What?! Ladies, my mouth literally dropped open when I found out the other night. It was such a great surprise (after a blah day), so…it’s incredible and I couldn’t be more excited. On that note, let me go ahead and shamelessly beg you for votes. Can I haz your votes, please? Pleeeeeeeeeease? You can vote here. Every day. Every hour…which is a bit much, but I’ll take whatever you throw at me.

There. Begging over…for now.

*also, a big thanks to my dear friend and neighbor for the pictures. Apparently she’s a photographer and didn’t know it. 😉

 

18 Comments
  • Jamie
    April 6, 2016

    Just as helpful(?) shopping enabling – I got those Superga zipper hi tops in the shopbop sale. There seemed to be a fairly good size selection yesterday. Xo

    • Camille DiPaola
      April 7, 2016

      Oh! Good to know…let me find them on there then. Thank YOU! Cheers.

  • Jess
    April 6, 2016

    How does the WWW denim skirt fit? I have been eyeing it.

    • Camille DiPaola
      April 7, 2016

      It fits true to size, in my opinion. I went up one size, but only because I had a baby two months ago. I love it! It feels well-made..and not like it’s going to rip apart in a few wears.

  • Dana
    April 7, 2016

    http://www.redbookmag.com/fashion/news/a43462/real-women-style-awards-vote/

    There”s the link to vote~ You can vote once every hour!!

    • Camille DiPaola
      April 7, 2016

      Thank you, Dana!! Completely forgot to link to it – doh! 🙂 Cheers.

  • Dayna
    April 7, 2016

    You look great! A few tall girl questions (I’m 5’11”). Are your jeans in a tall size? I’ve been eyeing those jeans and I’m glad to see them on you in a post! I have really long arms, I have are hard time finding a blazer that isn’t a bit too short in the arms. Any tips? Thanks.

    • Dayna
      April 7, 2016

      I don’t think I’m seeing the whole post. It says “5 ways” but I only saw one. Then when scrolling down I saw a pic of shorts and then it was gone! I’m sure the other 4 styles are great too.

      • Camille DiPaola
        April 7, 2016

        You’re right! blaaahh. Okay, can you see it now?

        • Dayna
          April 7, 2016

          Yes I can thanks. I really like the denim skirt.

    • Camille DiPaola
      April 7, 2016

      I am wearing the TALL gf jeans. As for blazers, I have that trouble sometimes…with them being too short in the arm. The Banana style I am wearing works well though!

  • Elisabeth
    April 7, 2016

    I love your sunglasses in Outfit #1! Where are they from?

  • houseofboys
    April 7, 2016

    Cams, I just ordered shorts for the first time in years…. I am skirt/dress in the summer person… and your post gives me hope that I won’t look crazy awkward with my 6′ self. Your gams are far more shapely than my bird legs, but I’m trying it goshdarnit!

  • Jen
    April 7, 2016

    Love the blazer with shorts–my fav. Thanks for this! I was just eyeing my black blazer the other day and wondering how to style it up with some shoes and somethin’.

  • Mel Rodbart
    April 8, 2016

    I bought several button tops per this blog’s recommendation for nursing (ie. the Portofino from Express), but I find them to be quite difficult. Especially while pumping at work. If I unbutton the shirt, my entire front is freezing while pumping. If I slide it up, the shirt slides/spills over and down over my pump bra and equipment, making it difficult to set up, align, etc. I find a regular cotton tee the best base for nursing/pumping. Anyone else?

  • Patricia Shepard
    April 8, 2016

    I voted for you!

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