In this new post-pandemic world, the work dress code is shifting. I’ve called this a hybrid of how we used to dress paired with the comfort that the pandemic forced us all into. You can read more on this here. I’ve also talked about how pairing tailored with soft is a good workaround for pairing professional with casual for work. The tailored pieces elevate the more casual pieces and vice versa. Throwing a blazer with a casual look is an easy way to do this. However, there is one issue with that now that’s it’s summer: It’s hot, darn hot. Did you see how hot it’s supposed to get in the Pacific Northwest this week? Who wants to wear a blazer in this type of weather? And certainly, a blazer during any type of heatwave is a dumb idea, but let’s not forget, it’s cold indoors. So while you may not want to commute in a blazer, once you get indoors it’s helpful to have one handy.
SUMMER BLAZERS: WEATHER-APPROPRIATE STRUCTURE
So let’s talk about summer blazers, a solution for pairing tailored with soft in seasonal fabrics during the warmer months. I’ve put together below and check out the additional styles at the end of the post.
A nice feature to look for in summer blazers is a lack of lining. Think about it, you put on a blazer in a summer-weight fabric only to have it lined in non-breathable polyester. Smartly, in addition to halfback lining, most unlined blazers have lined sleeves which makes putting the blazer on a lot easier. Sometimes you will even find summer blazers with cotton lining over polyester, which is a nice touch. This is not to say that polyester-lined summer blazers are off-limits, it’s just something to consider.
I styled this unlined ivory blazer from Lafayette 148 with a pair of techno-cotton pants from Akris Punto and a cotton square neck t-shirt, also from Akris Punto. I finished the look with wheat-colored pumps from M.M. Lafleur and a gold/silver link necklace from Dannijo.
Linen is a fantastic, breathable fabric for summer, but linen also wrinkles. Some people don’t mind it but a lot of people do. It is easier to accept a crumpled linen shirt than it is a crumpled jacket. J.Crew threw some cotton into the fabric of this blazer. They don’t list exact percentages but given it’s listed as cotton-linen, it implies that cotton is the majority fiber. The more cotton and the less linen means less wrinkling.
I styled this blazer with a cactus-colored sleeveless rib-knit top from M.M. Lafleur, an ivory skirt from BOSS Hugo Boss, and finished the look with navy sandals from Boden and blue drop earrings from Monica Vinader.
Viscose offers drape to fabrics which can help eliminate some stiffness found in linen when blended. This pistachio blazer from Judith & Charles is made of 55% viscose and 45% linen. I styled it with a striped lightweight t-shirt from Majestic Filatures and a belted pair of cotton pants from Mango. I finished the look with mint flats from Steven by Steve Madden.
This is another linen/viscose blazer from Theory in a summery melon shade that plays well with other colors. I styled it with a short sleeve sweater from J. Crew and a pair of olive pants from Rails. I finished the look with a pair of metallic-accented Cole Haan sneakers and drop earrings from Madewell.
This linen and cotton blazer from Boden is smartly lined with cotton to increase breathability. I styled it with a faded mint t-shirt from Madewell and white barrel pants from Everlane. I finished the outfit with novelty espadrilles from Tory Burch and a colorful mixed-media necklace.
Shop for Summer Blazers
Looking for some additional summer blazers? Check out these styles.