Shop Your Closet: Cropped Blazer

[When moving into either a dorm or an off-campus apartment, your wardrobe will face two major challenges: 1. A major lack of funding (to add more to it), and 2. A major lack of storage space. For these two reasons, maximizing what you already own becomes essential. That’s why you need to learn to Shop Your Closet. Each week, I’ll show you how to wear 1 item 3 ways – with the stuff you most likely already own! – to get the most out of your purchases.]

One of the most versatile items you can have in your wardrobe is a blazer. When you’re operating with limited closet space or a limited budget, you want to make sure you have items (especially outerwear) that go with pretty much anything, and a cropped blazer is one of the go-to pieces you should own. First off, this item goes with pretty much everything! Jeans, skirts, dresses, leggings, shorts…. all of them can be paired with a cropped blazer. By adding a tailored piece over your wardrobe staples, you’re streamlining your look, instantly making everything look more pulled together and tres chic.

This blazer (or any blazer you’ve got hanging in your closet) can go with you pretty much anywhere: over a dress to cover your arms on a brisk autumn night, over a flirty tank when you’re out on the town with the girls, or over a blouse for a more professional look. Simply throw it on over anything you already own and you’ve got a totally fresh, new look.

Blazer at Night:

Blazer, Jeans, Tank, Boots, Bracelets

This first look is perfect for a night on the town with the girls. A bright colored-ruffled tank and skinny jeans is the perfect base for any night out, whether you’re hitting a house party, going dancing at a club or just out for dinner. Add your favorite ankle boots, some simple accessories, your go-to blazer and you’re all set for the night. If you wanted to dress down this outfit (or end the night without bleeding, blistery feet), a pair of flats would do the trick.

Blazer For the Day:

Blazer, Jeans, Top, Belt, Shoes

Looking to dress up your day look a little? Pair a pretty blouse under your blazer and cinch your waist with a skinny belt the same color as your blazer. Your go-to skinnies and those new oxfords you’ve been rocking are the perfect final touches for this outfit. This look is great for days you need to look more pulled together but can still get away with wearing jeans.

Blazer on the Town:

Blazer, Dress, Boots, Bag

Got a pair of over-the-knee boots in your closet from last year? They’re not just for jeans, ladies. This sparkly dress, black tights and the blazer are an easy way to increase the lifespan of these trendy boots. Wearing them with opaque black tights will make your legs look miles long. A shoulder bag in a rich green will add a little extra color to your look while holding your evening essentials.

[Check out the other ways Leah’s re-thinking her wardrobe.]

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