As the warmer weather approaches, so begins our transition from heavy fabrics and dark colors to brighter, airier pieces. For a working Fashionista, blazers are a summer staple — office appropriate, easy to layer and ideal for a night out.
But for those who fear looking like a character out of Miami Vice, this Fashionista shows you how it’s done. By balancing a structured blazer with loose harem pants, her look is effortlessly pulled together. While white is obviously a very versatile color, her inclusion of various neutrals keeps the outfit looking fresh and summery. Given the range of colors, prints and textures, this Fashionista wisely kept her accessories to a minimum. Her long earrings capture the color in her outfit (and play on the '70s-inspired, earth-tone accessory trend), and her studded Steve Madden sandals add texture against the smoothness of the pants. The rose-gold, black-faced D&G watch is a great alternative to that of the overdone Michael Kors.
White blazer inspiration dotted the spring 2012 runways, with designers like Roberto Cavalli and Phillip Lim creating unique versions of cream jackets. For the perfect going-out ensemble, take a page from Kirsten Dunst’s book and don a white blazer over a black, sweetheart-neck mini dress. For a more laid back daytime look, pair a well-cut blazer with printed shorts (think florals and chevron) à la Jamie Chung. If you’re going to sport a bold print or textured piece, remember to keep the rest of your outfit basic with a simple white top or pair of nude pumps.