Third pieces (like cardigans and blazers) are just as important for women as for men, especially in summer - they finish off simple outfits, keep away the chill of the air conditioning, and provide coverage over skin-baring silhouettes. Just be sure to grab a blazer that's appropriate to the season - in an easy breezy linen, a cool cotton or breatheable silk.
Check out this great striped blazer from J Crew, and three ways you can make it work for you this summer.
AUGUST 2017 NOTE: Although great style is timeless, product links are not. This post was originally on the blog a few years ago, so the links below will not work - but scroll down to the end of the post to check out a few of my favorite summer blazers, currently in stores.
TAKE IT EASY
Wideleg linen pants, a colorful silk tank and some nude sandals. A no-brainer summer outfit, right? Add a structured blazer, and you've instantly upgraded.
(click to shop) Striped Blazer by J Crew, from Net-a-porter, $188 | Wideleg Linen Pants by Joie, $198 | Silk Tank by Joie, $128 | Sandals by Wanted, from Piperlime, $49 | Sunglasses by Madewell, $49.50 | Bracelet by Madewell, $22
KEEP IT SERIOUS
Have a body-conscious summer dress that you'd love to wear to the office, but not sure if it's appropriate? A blazer can take it from sexy to serious, and low key accessories keep it professional.
(click to shop) Striped Blazer by J Crew, from Net-a-porter, $188 | Dress by Topshop, $76 | Pumps by J Crew, $245 | Bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs, from Piperlime, $368 | Necklace by Banana Republic, $49.50 | Sunglasses by Tory Burch, $200
Showing some leg with your favorite printed shorts? Then put on a blazer so you're not baring arms, too.
(click to shop) Striped Blazer by J Crew, from Net-a-porter, $188 | Printed Shorts by Kate Spade Saturday, $75 | Tank Top by Uniqlo, $9.90 | Belt by Banana Republic, $39.50 | Silver Flats by Kate Spade, $258 | Bag by Cole Haan, $298 | Earrings by Stella & Dot, $59
CHECK OUT BELOW FOR A FEW OF MY FAVORITE BLAZERS FOR SUMMER 2017, CURRENTLY IN STORES!