THE 3-WAY: Her summer blazer

by Paul Julch in

Summer Blazer Week continues - and now, something for her.  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.

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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

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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

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