I’m a firm believer that a well-fitted, chic blazer can take your outfit to the next level. Throw on a slim cut, black blazer with sharp shoulders over a simple tank, skinny jeans, strapped heels and BOOM — instant chic!
I haven’t always been a fan of blazers. When I was younger, I associated them with stuffy, business attire that older people wore. When I started to see the blazers for women out of the office setting and in the streets, that’s when I fell in love.
Blazers have come a long way from the usual double-breasted style we’re accustomed to seeing. Now there are blazers in just about any fabric imaginable and most are affordable too. I was gifted a plaid blazer from 1State and it has become one of my favorites.
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The plaid print for fall and the ruched sleeves give this blazer a laid-back, yet on-trend vibe. I also purchased this crepe blazer from Lush a few months ago and it’s the perfect blazer to add to your transitional wardrobe. It’s lightweight and airy so it gives some coverage without being too heavy.
30 Blazers for Women Under $100
The Timeless Black Blazer
There are a few other blazers that I am peeping out to add to my closet. I absolutely love this velvet one from 1State as well. If there’s one thing you should add to your closet, is a sharp, black blazer. I truly believe it’s a timeless staple that you’ll wear over and over again. Here a few I think you’ll like:
Play It Up With Plaid
Now that the temperatures are starting to dip, something about sporting plaid just feels so right — don’t ya think? I love a good plaid blazer to add some fun to a simple outfit. Imagine any of these over a black sheath dress or even a simple tank and denim:
Make It Wild With Animal Print
Another way to make your outfit stand out is with an animal print blazer. A leopard-print blazer is also on the list for me. I like to keep most of my outfit simple and let the blazer do all the talking. Check these out all these less than $100:
How To Find The Perfect Blazer Fit for Women
When shopping for a blazer there are a few “tests” that the blazer must pass before coming home with me. I don’t recommend purchasing a blazer online just because you cannot try it on. Yes, you could make a return but when available, hop into a store and try it on.
First, you want to check out where the seam falls near your shoulder. It should align with the edge of your shoulder. If it hangs down your shoulder, the blazer is too big. If it lays on top of your shoulder closer to your neck, then it is too small.
Next, with the blazer on, try to wrap your arms around yourself like you’re giving yourself a hug. You should be able to get your arms around you — it may feel a bit snug but not constricted. If you cannot even bring your arms to touch then, it’s too small — size up.
Finally, take a look at where the bottom of your sleeves fall. Unless you’re purchasing a ruched sleeved as I have on above, the bottom of the sleeves should cover your wrist. It should not fall below that first knuckle on your thumb. If it does, but the rest of the blazer is a good fit, you may be able to get it tailored (many stores offer this for free, just ask!) — this is an easy fix. Just remember that when you bend your elbow, it will ride up a bit so you want to give it some slack.
I hope you find some inspiration from these tips and picks. Not only are they great style finds but they’re affordable too — All blazers under $100!! A great blazer will make transitioning into fall and winter super easy. If you’re on the hunt for additional transitional fall items, check out this post for more!