6 Ways to Wear Your Blazers in the Summer

A good structured blazer is one of my favorite pieces in my closet. It’s such a staple and gives any outfit a little extra dose of sophistication. I tend to wear mine the most during the cooler months, but have realized that when it’s not blazing hot outside, they can be a great alternative to a lightweight jacket during the summer — especially for cool summer nights.

Try these ways to wear your blazer during the summer months (so you get the most bang for your blazer buck), and make some killer sophisticated-chic outfits while still not overheating.



1. With Shorts for a Casual Look

I’m such a huge fan of outfit juxtapositions, and the contrast between a pair of denim cut-offs and a sophisticated blazer is so great, I think. Add a pretty blouse and some simple loafers and you have a casual-preppy outfit, perfect for summer.

similar blazer at H&M for $34.95, similar blouse at j.crew factory for $49, DIY cut off shorts, similar loafers at zappos for $80.


2. With an Eyelet Skirt for a Work-Appropriate Look

When you work in a professional environment, it can be tough to find summery options in a sea of pant suits. Blazer to the rescue! Skip the matching pencil skirt and instead throw in a super-summery skirt like this bright-pink eyelet option. Then add a pair of unexpected sandals, and you’re ready for a summery-chic day at the office.

similar peplum top at h&m for $29.95, skirt from j.crew for $39.99, shoes from dsw for $79.95.


3. With Converses for a Sporty-Chic Look

Basic shift dresses are a summer staple for me and go with everything from sandals to hats to tennis shoes. But a shapeless style of dress like this one can easily be unflattering and frumpy, so throw on a blazer for a bit of structure and shape. The mix of the blazer and the Converses (and a pony tail) makes for a super sporty-chic look.

dress from target for $19.95, shoes from kohls for $44.99

4. With a Maxi Dress During Summer Nights

Maxi dresses are a summer staple and are perfect for a hot summer day as a swimsuit coverup, or just by itself. But when you’re going out for dinner in the evening, throw on a blazer to add a bit of structure to all that fabric.

similar dress from h&m for $29.95, sandals from target for $19.99.

5. With a Graphic Tee for a Playful Look

The graphic tee is a huge trend that is probably not going away any time soon. I love them just as much as the next person, but sometimes they can feel a little juvenile. So throw on a blazer and suddenly you have an age-appropriate outfit that is still fun and playful, but simultaneously super-chic.

Gap jeans for $69.95, DIY graphic tee, sandals from Buyamba for $89 (supporting women in Uganda!)


6. With a Fit and Flare Dress

Fit and flare is my favorite style of dress these days, and it’s a match made in heaven with a fitted, structured blazer. These dresses can certainly stand alone, but if you’re looking for something to complete the look, throw on a blazer and watch the outfit totally transform from good to AMAZING. Seriously, just try it. 

Old Navy dress for $14.97, similar sandals on sale at Nordstrom for $39.96.


Find a similar blazer at H&M, Nordstrom, or Target. What are some other ways you’re wearing your blazers during the summer? I’d love to know so I can try them out!


Find more of Merrick’s style and writing at Merrick’s Art

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