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How to wear this season's oversized blazer trend

Business-inspired looks are hotter than ever this fall.

Models posing while wearing khaki, black, and beige suits with oversized blazers. Credit: Reviewed / Jones New York / Madewell / Rebdolls

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If there was ever a perfect transition piece between your summer and fall wardrobes, it would be the blazer. By tossing one over your most beloved warmer weather pieces, not only can you extend the wear of your favorite summer staples, you can also add polish to most autumn outfits.

Blazers have had quite a style journey throughout the years, from Dior’s new look tailored jackets in the late 1940s to shrunken and boxy cuts thanks to Jackie O and Oleg Cassini in the ‘60s, from the suede and leather of the 1970s to the power suits and big shoulders that dominated the ‘80s. Today’s modern oversized silhouettes hit the comfy-chic combo out of the park.

“I love investing in a great blazer because of its versatility and the many ways in which you can wear it,” says Amanda Vargus, founding partner of Boston-based Wave + Woven Style House. Below, find some of our favorite ways to style an oversized blazer this fall.

Balance an oversized blazer with a bralette

A model wearing a plaid suit, and a model wearing a beige suit.
Credit: Reviewed / Old Navy / Rebdolls

Toss on one of these stylish blazers with a bralette to play with proportions.

When wearing an oversized blazer it’s important that it doesn’t wear you. Translation: Larger proportions can cause you to fully lose your shape, warns Vargus. To combat this issue she suggests styling an oversized blazer with matching trousers, if possible, and a tube top or bralette underneath to show off your waistline.

Size-inclusive brand Rebdolls takes a turn at the trend with its Essential Oversized Blazer. Part of a set with coordinating wide-leg pants, the collared coat is made from medium-weight fabric that doesn’t create bulk. The Old Navy Taylor Relaxed Suit Blazer is a fall-forward brown plaid single-breasted button jacket made from soft-washed twill that looks perfect when combined with the matching pants. Toss either of these blazers over a bandeau for a complete look.

Shop the Essential Oversized Blazer by Rebdolls in women’s sizes S to 5X in four colors, and the Taylor Relaxed Suit Blazer from Old Navy in women’s sizes XS to 4X in regular, tall and petite.

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Taylor Relaxed Suit Blazer

If you're a fan of the dark academia trend, then you'll love the moody hues this blazer has to offer.

$55 at Old Navy
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Essential Oversized Blazer

Owning a nude blazer to layer with is a necessary closet staple, like your favorite leather jacket or dependable little black dress.

$49 at Rebdolls (Save $21)

Opt for an oversized belt to accent your silhouette

A model on the left wears a black blazer, and a model on the right wears a khaki blazer.
Credit: Reviewed / Blvck / Forever 21

Accentuate your silhouette with a belt.

If showing some skin under your blazer isn’t your vibe, rely on a common accessory to help create a waist despite all that fabric. “I love a thick leather belt [over an oversized blazer], which feels reminiscent of the ‘80s, or a classic skinny belt,” says Vargus.

The extra oversized fit of Forever 21’s Oversized Peak-Lapel Blazer is the perfect silhouette for nipping in at the waist. This woven blazer features details like peak lapels, dual button-front closures, front flap pockets, and a chest welt pocket that will create balance once you cinch the belt around.

Having trouble with belt placement? The Blvck Oversize Blazer is a no-brainer with signature snake hardware that secures right where you need it for an hourglass shape. The design looks effortless for a stylish night out.

Shop the Oversized Peak-Lapel Blazer by Forever 21 in women’s sizes XS to XL, and the Oversize Blazer from Blvck in women’s sizes XS to XL.

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Oversized Peak-Lapel Blazer

Belting the waist of your oversized blazer might be the final touch your outfit is missing.

$25 at Forever 21 (Save $20)
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Blvck Oversize Blazer

Your wardrobe's mood board for this fall should definitely include sultry and serious pieces, like Blvck's Oversize Blazer.

$180 at Blvck

Keep it casual with jeans and a white tank

A model wearing a beige blazer on the left, and another model wearing a brown plaid blazer on the right.
Credit: Reviewed / Jones New York / Splendid

Style your blazer with jeans and a tank for an easy off-duty vibe.

For an effortless look, wear your oversized blazer a la Sofia Richie with a white ribbed tank and wide-cut jeans, and drape your blazer over your shoulders.

Somewhere between a blazer and last year’s shacket, Splendid’s Ricki Plaid Blazer has just the right oversized fit that’s controlled with a few front buttons. Pair the piece with your favorite jeans and a fresh tank and you’ve accomplished a great off-duty look. If you want to be a bit more tailored without losing the oversized trend, go with the classic Jones New York Notch Collar Blazer—a step up from the typical oversized slouch with its notched collar.

Shop the Ricki Plaid Blazer from Splendid in women’s sizes XS to XL, and the Notch Collar Rolled Cuff Bi-Stretch Blazer by Jones New York in women’s sizes XS to XL in five colors.

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Notch Collar Rolled Cuff Bi-Stretch Blazer

With the Notch Collar Blazer, you'll look classic without trying to be.

$100 at Jones New York
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Ricki Plaid Blazer

This plaid blazer is the perfect example of how you can mix neutral colors with fun patterns for a stylish end result.

$188 at Splendid

Find a balance between masculine and feminine by adding biker shorts

A model on the left wearing a pale blazer, and another model on the right wearing a matching black suit.
Credit: Reviewed / Express / Madewell

Add a split dress or a pair of biker shorts can add an edge to any blazer look.

Mixing masculine with feminine pieces has always been a key takeaway for elevated style. However, thanks to the oversized nature, Vargus says this trend lends itself to an even more masculine feel that needs to be tamed. It’s important to balance that vibe by wearing it over a more feminine base like a lace cami or silky slip dress.

Better yet: Make the blazer the dress itself. “If your blazer is quite oversized, I love styling it as a mini dress,” she continues. Rock biker shorts underneath or try opaque tights as the temps drop, so you feel covered on the bottom.

A casual-smart addition to your closet, the Relaxed Blazer in Softdrape by Madewell has a cool wrap front detail and easy drop shoulders that boast low-key shoulder pads. Also smart? Its Tencel modal fibers are derived from sustainable wood sources using renewable energy and recycled chemicals.

The lightweight fabric of Express’s Oversized Boyfriend Blazer also is a perfect topper for a slimmed-down illusion when worn on its own over a pair of biker shorts. The double-breasted front and padded shoulders elongate your look.

Shop the Relaxed Blazer in Softdrape by Madewell in women’s sizes XXS to XXL in petite, plus, and standard, and the Oversized Boyfriend Blazer from Express in women’s sizes XS to XL in three colors.

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Oversized Boyfriend Blazer

Get the perfect oversized fit every time with this blazer option—no boyfriend necessary.

$95 at Express
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Relaxed Blazer in Softdrape

A black blazer made with Softdrape Modal fabric has endless styling opportunities and maximum comfort, too.

$166 at Madewell (Save $19)

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