Get the best out of your blazer in 5 easy steps

Here’s how to make the most out of this everyday classic

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Most of us have a blazer hanging in our wardrobe, and while it’s easy to write it off as a workaday basic, there’s actually a world of possibility waiting for this sharply cut staple, thanks to just a few new-season styling tricks.

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Blazer Basics

1. First up, look for your blazer inspiration point. A fashion editor’s inspiration mainstay is a lithe Christy Turlington in a checked blazer with oversized Ray Bans. Or it could be French model and DJ Caroline de Maigret in her revolving collection of blazers, or for a sensual edge Michelle Pfeiffer’s bright white blazer in Scarface. The possibilities are endless.

2. Right, now onto what works for you. Go the ’90s version and wear it with casual basics; a crewneck white T-shirt and jeans is something that everyone can rustle up.

3. Don’t be pigeon holed by the blazer’s more masculine origins. For a more feminine take wear it with a pleated skirt and loafers, or perhaps shrug it over a chiffon evening gown, as if you’re borrowing your partner’s (exceptionally cut) suit jacket.

4. Mix prints – a printed blazer with a stripey T-shirt and a floral skirt for the daring, perhaps?

5. Or finally, do as Vogue editrix Anna Della Russo (above in a blazer by Saint Laurent Paris) does, and throw yours over leather short shorts and stockings. It’s daring, sure, but with the right blazer, it’s worth it.

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