Can a Suit Jacket Be Worn as a Blazer? – A Handy Guide

A blazer is an important piece of a successful work wardrobe. Many women buy suit separates and wear the jacket as a blazer to create more outfit options. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. But, can a suit jacket really pull double duty as a blazer? Fashion in Infographics shared a helpful flowchart to help answer this common fashion question.

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Originally posted by Beckett & Robb (“Suit Jacket as a Blazer”), a men’s custom clothier with shops in San Francisco, Calif., Salt Lake City, UT, and Provo, UT, it is good information for women who are also confused by the suit jacket vs. blazer challenge.

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The Essentials: Black Blazer

There is NOTHING a black blazer can’t do

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Eddie Bauer & BCBG Max Azria
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Diane von Fürstenberg & DKNY

The black blazer is a working woman’s EVERYTHING. A simple garment in a go-with-anything color, it is an over-performer in all office dress codes. Throw a basic one over any work outfit to convey confidence and smart elegance. Or, push the blazer style boundaries with embellishments and details, fabrics, and shapes. And because of this wonderful versatility, you will fare well by purchasing the very highest quality you can afford.

The key things to look for in the perfect black blazer are fabric, fit, and style.


Fabric – One of the current trends in blazers is leather details (real or faux). Have fun with materials, but a blazer that will truly endure the seasons and trends will be in a sturdy, lightweight fabric like wool gabardine.

Fit – You can’t exude confidence, power, and style in an ill-fitting blazer. However, you’ll be pressed to find one that fits amazingly off the rack. Purchase a blazer that meets many of your fit requirements (check for fit in the body, shoulders and length), and have a tailor nip-tuck where necessary. Unless you purposely want an over-sized, “boyfriend” style, a blazer should contour your body.

The Limited Black Collection
The Limited

Style – This all about preference – do you like one buttons, two, or double-breasted (if you dare)? Collar or collar-less? Peak lapel? Gathered, box, or soft, rounded shoulders? Go with what you like, but also what flatters you, not what you see on a model.

Tip: Keep a basic black blazer tucked away in your office space for those days you need to instantly step up your look.

Work the Black Blazer

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