By Jahneil La Mara

Songstress Janelle Monae isn’t the only one that can rock a blazer effortlessly. Blazers are a versatile piece that works with everyone’s wardrobe.

This classic item can worn for any occasion and it goes beyond basic black. Known for her black and white ensembles, even Monae switches it up with sequins and patterns. From florals to pastels to texture, the possibilities are endless.

Here are some outfit ideas and tips on wearing a blazer to work and out to play.

For work

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Blazer $68, Dress $27, Shoes $20, Purse $80, Watch $60

Add some color to your everyday office look with this staple or if you’re feeling bold go for a print such as floral or stripes. Style this structured piece with your favorite dress or dress pants. Have fun with your color palette and be afraid to mix some patterns in there as well.

For Fun

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Blazer $68, T-Shirt $50, Jeans $135 , Shoes $50 , Beanie $26 , Glasses $10

Your new favorite blazer for fall doesn’t have to stay in the office. You can wear it when you want to look a little more put together. Jeans and t-shirt kind of gal? No problem. Throw on a blazer with your favorite denim and you’ll look stylish even if you don’t feel like getting dressed Saturday morning. T-shirts with graphics or texts adds a playful vibe to a structured fashion piece such as a blazer.

Tips

– Cuff your blazer for a more relaxed look. It’s also an opportunity to show off your watch or other arm candy.
– H&M is a great place to find a stylish and inexpensive blazer. The men’s section has great fitting blazers for women. Don’t forget about thrift stores when you’re looking for cheap finds.
– Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize! You can add a brooch for some extra sparkle or color-block with a scarf.

Featured blazers (left to right): black floral $31, green with back vent $46, neon floral $30, striped $35.

What’s your favorite way to wear a blazer?

Jahneil La Mara is a Southern California native and graduate of Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University where she received her B.A. in Mass Communications and served as editor-in-chief of the school paper. She has always been intrigued by the personal style of others and loves food, natural hair, traveling and Instagram. La Mara enjoys reading all things queer, fiction and non-fiction, and writes about her personal experiences being a young fashionable queer woman of color on her blog, LaLaLaMara.com.

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