Blazers have undergone what is perhaps one of the most significant metamorphoses in the world of fashion. Once reserved for boardroom meetings and private members clubs, the piece was later adopted by the style set and has remained an integral part of their uniform ever since. Versatile and with the ability to transcend seasons, the sharp cover-up can be worn year-round with just a few styling tweaks. And now, as we find ourselves in the midst of summer, blazers are increasingly being worn with another warm-weather staple: shorts.
Be they denim or linen, fitted or breezy, shorts and blazers are fast becoming fashion’s new favourite pairing (second only to another perennial combination: jeans and a nice top). But how do you pull off blazer-and-shorts outfits right from the bat? Looking to a few of our influencer friends who have been wearing the duo on repeat this season, it’s evident that one sure-fire way to make blazers and shorts look chic is to stick to a neutral colour palette—think black, tan, beige and cream. Then, there are fabrications to consider. A floaty blazer, for example, might loan itself better to a more rigid shorts style, whereas a tailored blazer might look even cooler paired with more relaxed shorts.
Finding the combination that works best for you will take trial and error, but to help get you started, we’ve rounded up seven blazer-and-shorts outfits we find impressive. Scroll below to see them, and should you fall in love with any of them specifically, then you can proceed to shop the pieces to re-create the look.