Business Casual Superstar: Working the Printed Blazer

by Rachel Yeomans | March 25th, 2010   

By Huma Rashid

I’m back today with something that I can’t say I try all that often: a printed blazer. I know, I know, it’s probably not your first choice, either. Normally, when you pick out blazers, you probably go for the staples: black blazers, navy blazers, grey blazers, brown blazers, and maybe, just maybe, if you’re feeling exceptionally chic, a white blazer. And if you’re particularly fashion-forward, you buy blazers in staple colors with interesting contrast lining (polka dots, plaid, stripes) so that you can fold up the sleeves and have unexpected patterned cuffs in an instant.

Printed blazers don’t really do anything for you. I hear you guys, they don’t do much for me, either. I own one, though. I’ve worn it once, and I got compliments; but it’s one of those things that I don’t feel all that *wow* in, so I don’t really keep it in the go-to section of my closet (ie, the part of my closet that is right in front of my face when I open the doors).

But I saw this blazer at Chadwicks and just loved it – and I loved the outfit that the model was wearing it with. The outfit is particularly flattering for women like me with mocha-colored skin. Yellows look really good on us for some reason.

Let’s see what we have here:

ww11 Business Casual Superstar: Working the Printed BlazerLinen Blend Blazer in Lemon Peel Multi ………. $39.99
Twill Trousers in Khaki ………. $19.99
Lace Trim Knit Shell in Yellow ………. $19
Satin Ribbon Twist Rhinestone Heel in Brown ………. $20

I basically recreated the model’s outfit because I think it’s just perfect. I went with a pair of khaki trousers and paired them with a pretty lacy yellow knit shell. I adore knit shells under jackets or blazers. They’re comfy and warm enough, not like a flimsy tank, but they’ll help you stay cool, too. The lace is a lovely feminine touch, and the jacket’s leafy print is pretty and not overbearing in any way.

I threw in a pair of satin brown pumps with a silver buckle to add some flash and shine, and we’re done!

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