Why everyone needs a black blazer—and how to find the right one for you

If you were to read through almost every list which sums up the wardrobe staples every woman should have, I could almost guarantee that a black blazer would be on it every time. And there’s a perfectly good explanation for it: it just works. A black blazer will see you through almost every occasion from a lunch with friends, to a job interview, to a black tie dinner… the list is endless. It plays nicely with most things you’d find in a woman’s closet (or a man’s too for that matter) so you can always rely on it to come to your rescue when you’re feeling a bit unsure about what to wear. It’s the kind of thing that I could safely get behind and say that you must have one in your closet. And here’s why it’s important to know how to find a great blazer…

It’s flattering

I’d say no matter your shape, size, or height, that a black blazer would suit you. It’s the kind of magical closet staple that is universally flattering and suits pretty much everyone.

It’s versatile

As I’ve already mentioned, I think you’d be hard pressed to find an occasion in which a black blazer wouldn’t work. Pop it on over jeans and a tee and you’ve got the most classic of looks on your hands, while you could pair it with a dress for a polished after dark look. If you’re being really fashion forward, you could totally pair it with a tee and bike pants and you’d be bang on trend. See? Versatile.

It’s a style chameleon

Along with what you pair it with, the blazer can also be worn in so many different ways. Button it up, pop it on over your shoulders, wear it open… it’s so easily tailored according to the kind of vibe you’re going for with your outfit at any given time.

It’s a shortcut

Wearing a blazer with virtually anything instantly makes it look polished. So it’s a good one to have on hand if you want to dress up something with minimal effort. Wearing a tee but need to make it meeting-ready? Pop on a blazer and you’re ready for that last minute Zoom.

It has longevity

You could invest in a black blazer today and I guarantee it would still be in your closet years from now and being used. I think it’s a fashion item that’s timeless and no matter your age, you could wear one and it would still be incredibly chic.

How to find the right blazer

Once you’ve found the perfect blazer you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. Finding it might be a bit of a process, but it’s worth it. And the first place to start is to pretty much try on as many as you can, from as many different brands as you can. Blazers are cut in different ways according to each label, so it’s worth scoping a few out to find the optimum fit.

Consider the kind of fit and length you want. Some might prefer a slightly more relaxed fit while others prefer a slightly more nipped in silhouette. I like to hover between the two, as I don’t want the jacket to swamp me, but I also want it roomy enough so I can layer. I also tend to go for more of a man-style length which is slightly longer as opposed to anything that’s cropped.

If you’ve found a blazer that’s almost perfect, you can always take it to a tailor to make it perfect. I’m a huge fan of altering garments to fit just right, so if you love a blazer but it’s just slightly off, you could always get it altered to fit.