Blazers are high on our list of must-haves, but sometimes you need a break from the sartorial heavy-hitter — especially during those warmer months. Enter the sleeveless blazer. They pack just as must polish, but keep things on the lighter side. And even though we’ve been seeing celebs rock this powerful piece with LBDs and the like, they make a mean addition to a kicked-back tee-shirt-and-sweatpants combo too. From redefining the power suit to putting an unexpected twist on streetwear, here are three new ways to rock that no-sleeves number.
The office is the most obvious place to wear this modern twist on a classic jacket. The sleeveless blazer allows you to maintain a certain level of polish during warmer weather, while keeping you cool and 100% on top of your sartorial game. Metallic-heeled wedge mules, a tribal-inspired collar and a black leather backpack play off traditional work-week standbys, redefining the concept of nine-to-five style.
Mango Linen-Blend Pocket Vest ($100) + Warehouse Tile Print Shift Dress ($82), Charles Keith Open-Toe Slingback Wedges ($93), Lizzie Fortunato Red Double Take Necklace ($290), NARS Audacious Lipstick in Poppy Red ($32), Kelsi Dagger Assembly Leather Backpack ($232)
You probably have a pretty solid lineup of night-out outfits going, but this is just one more fab option to throw into the mix. Send your go-to outerwear the way of the dodo this season, opting instead for lightened-up versions that pack a punch. A sleeveless blazer infuses even the most understated ensemble with a little “It Girl” factor. And those leather shorts aren’t just for hitting the dance floor — they’ll make a mean addition to your day-to-day wardrobe.
Instantly add polish to a laid-back look by layering on that sleek tailored topper. Joggers, bright trainers and a boxy chambray shirt create the base for this effortlessly cool getup, and are just as ready to take on the city streets as they are for an afternoon lounge session with your ladies. An arsenal of unexpected accessories elevates the separates into sports luxe (read: seriously chic) territory.
Mango Linen-Blend Pocket Vest ($100) + River Island Gray Jersey Leather Look Trim Joggers ($70), & Other Stories Graphic Leather Bag ($120), Komono Dreyfuss Sunglasses in Tortoise ($50), Lionette Assi Bracelet ($125), Toast Riva Top ($105), Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Moire ($130)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!