A smart blazer, effortless jeans and an accessory (or two) that shows personality has become the unofficial fall uniform of chic women around the world.
And while each year the fall fashion season brings with it new opportunities for women to explore man tailoring, haberdashery and classical pieces, this season is particularly unique due to the sheer volume of prints, silhouettes and styling tricks in the market.
From ’80s-inspired boxy silhouettes and hot pink boyfriend blazers, to Prince of Wales check blazers cinched with an edgy grommet belt, there’s a blazer to suit every taste.
Not to mention a plethora of jean fits. Straight fits with retro washes remain the go-to match for blazers, but street style stars are also experimenting with wide leg, cropped kick flare and even snake-printed denim.
The look is punctuated with trendy accoutrements, like clear heels, “Dad” sneakers, tiny glasses and designer handbags.
WGSN describes the suited up, yet feminine, trend as “power dressing,” adding that the tailored-meets-relaxed style choices are “proof that, just as suiting up is a fitting reaction to the stresses of social and economic uncertainty, something a little lighter and more fun has its place too.”
And the trend is on track to stay relevant for Spring ’19. As UBM vice president Kelly Helfman told Rivet this summer, “Women wearing menswear suiting will continue to be strong, but denim will stay a part of casualwear for ladies.”
How to get the look
Jeanswear brands are capitalizing on the blazer and denim trend by adding their own variety to collections. This fall and holiday season, J Brand is elevating its line with velveteen blazers in classic black and warm sable.
Madewell captures an effortlessly cool vibe with its slouchy, double breasted blazer in classic black and white plaid. The jacket pulls together casual weekend jeans and tees.
Ralph Lauren combines the denim and blazer trend with a fitted pinstripe denim blazer. The jacket can be worn casually with a sweater and jeans, or dressed up for work with matching trousers.