I love blazers so much that I’m wearing one right now. I feel strongly that everyone should own them in multiples. But when it comes to going out at night — especially to events where the dress code is fancy, trendy, and/or fashion-forward — it can be hard to make a blazer feel appropriate. Enter the blazer dress: the sexy, party-ready sibling of my favorite wardrobe staple.
A blazer dress looks exactly like an oversized blazer buttoned up, so you’ll want to pay special attention to the fit to avoid an overly boxy silhouette. (The last thing you want to communicate is “Oops, I forgot to put on pants.”) Depending on your shape, you’ll either want it to widen through the hips for a fit-and-flare effect, or remain narrow, skimming the body. Once you nail down the fit, all you need is a swipe of lipstick and a great pair of heels to make it feel special. Scroll down to shop some of our favorites.
Lottie Blazer Dress
at Nasty Gal
Red is bold and powerful, and makes you take notice. It’s also still a favorite among designers. This flattering dress is a bit wider around the hips for an hourglass fit.
For the Minimalist
Asymmetric Blazer Dress
The asymmetrical hemline is subtle but interesting, and the closure is so sleek and simple.
If You Loved the Leopard-Coat Trend
Unique 21 Tuxedo Dress
Stay spotty even when it’s warm outside.
Because Pink Will Never Die
Blazer Style Crossover Dress
The popularity of pink has yet to fade, so go ahead and buy a blazer dress in the ubiquitous color.
The Japanese-Inspired One
Double Breasted Dress
at Front Row Shop
The slouchy oversize fit and utilitarian details make this look like vintage Sacai.
Because You Love Off-White
River Island Belted Tailored Dress
Bella Hadid was photographed wearing something similar in magenta, but this one is a tad more affordable.
When You Want to Look Like an Instagram Influencer
Clementine Double-Breasted Dress
at Urban Outfitters
All that’s missing is the mesh knit bag full of ripe citrus fruit.
The Special Collab Piece
Chriselle x J.O.A. Blazer Minidress
Score a piece from the fashion blogger’s first collaboration with clothing brand J.O.A.
The Tuxedo-Inspired Dress
Boohoo Tailored Blazer Dress
As with a classic tuxedo, the shiny lapels add an air of elegance. Pair it with thin gold strappy heels for an even more black-tie look.
Two Trends in One
Pixie Market Double Breasted Blazer Dress
If You Love Structured Silhouettes
Style Mafia Tacna Blazer
Wear it with sleek over-the-knee boots or classic white sneakers to contrast the dramatic shoulders.
The Fashion-y One
Ruffle Tux Mini Dress with Pearl Buttons
Alessandra Rich’s ruffled hem blazer dress is a favorite among fashion editors. It’s been on my Pinterest board for months, but until I can afford the $2,000 price tag, this will fill the void.
The Va-Va-Voom Version
L’Agence Velvet Jacket Dress
The sexy dress is also on an insane discount.
If You Love a Good “Cher” Moment
You can expect a lot of ’90s yellow plaid this fall. Here’s a way to get in on the trend early.
The Retro One
Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Polka Dot Tux Dress
Add a beret for a French-girl flair.
When You Want to Splurge
Stretch Plaid Blazer Dress
Sharp suiting is what Theory does best, so it only makes sense that their blazer dress is impeccably tailored.
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