Oversized blazers: the effortlessly cool trend that’s having a major moment

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Oversized is the silhouette that the fashion pack has fallen in love with. Featuring big boxy shoulders and found in a plethora of colours and patterns, this interpretation of the classic blazer makes for the perfect throw-on-and-go jacket this spring. 

Nothing gives us new-season outfit inspiration quite like New York Fashion Week. Setting the tone of the fashion weeks still to come, it’s the perfect time for showgoers to dust off their trans-seasonal wardrobe staples and show off the basics that are anything but basic.

One clear trend has been a standout on the streets in the concrete jungle thus far; that is, the oversized blazer. Super simple to wear and with a relaxed cut and a nonchalant attitude, the blazer has an easy, everyday appeal; simply throw-on and go. (Which, with jam-packed show schedules filled with early mornings and late nights, it’s understandable the street style set opted for this comforting yet super chic jacket.) 

NYFW: Victoria Barbara in oversized suiting
NYFW: Victoria Barbara in oversized suiting

Of course, the blazer is nothing new. But the supersize silhouettes are. First introduced by Demna Gvasalia as an androgynous style at Balenciaga, with enormous shoulders and elongated sleeves galore, it has since been toned down a tad; fabrics are softer and more fluid, shoulders slightly smaller – the oversized blazer 2.0 is favoured by all manner of super chic brands, like The Row, Tibi and Gabriela Hearst. 

The best thing about the 2.0 blazer’s appeal is its wardrobe versatility. Able to be worn as part of a suit if the matching trousers are available, these sorts of jackets look just as good styled with ripped denim jeans and sneakers – a seamless blend of business-casual, you might say. Contrary to popular belief, blazers really don’t have to be formal or uptight. 

NYFW: A showgoer in an oversized blazer suit
NYFW: A showgoer in an oversized blazer suit

And it’s the perfect trans-seasonal piece — a light jacket, for days when, as Cheryl Frasier says in Miss Congeniality, it’s not too hot or not too cold. Let us explain why.

Reasons to buy a blazer

1. You will wear this jacket all spring, and, unless we’re blessed with another heatwave – well into summer. A friend for life, not just for a single season, the blazer is the wardrobe hero that works all year round. 

2. It will wear with anything. Team it with suit trousers for the office, dress it down with jeans for Sunday strolls, or even throw it over your gym leggings and a cosy sweater to take you from barre class to brunch – far chicer than a hoodie. For an evening look that’s polished but not too ‘done’ wear over a silk slip dress for an androgynous take on party dressing. 

3. The oversized cut means you can put all manner of chunky knitwear underneath and it will still fit and feel comfortable. Choose lightweight turtlenecks for spring and on cooler mornings even a chunky cardigan will work. It will look great and is so easier (and more environmentally conscious) than buying various coats in varying thicknesses. 

Need we go on? 

NYFW: A showgoer in an oversized pinstripe blazer
NYFW: A showgoer in an oversized pinstripe blazer
  • Weekday

    As proved by showgoers at New York Fashion Week, leather is getting some serious sartorial attention this season, and this vegan design is an effortlessly cool way to wear the trend. With a relaxed silhouette that ticks all our style boxes, this rebellious style will add edge to understated denim. Style with a silky slip dress for a grunge-glamour inspired look that will take you from day to night. 

    Shop Weekday Jaden blazer, £60

  • Topshop

    They say that khaki is the new black and this olive blazer is the perfect way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe. Cut for a loose fit, padded shoulders lend the look enough structure to make you feel polished when wearing this laidback jacket. Want to experiment with the silhouette? Play with proportions and cinch the blazer in at the waist with a vintage leather belt, then wear with straight leg denim for an effortlessly cool take on the trend.

    Shop Topshop khaki double breasted relaxed blazer, £49 

  • & Other Stories

    For those occasions when black feels too formal, a camel suit strikes the perfect balance between polished and approachable. Though the front pockets and angular lapels give this blazer immediate office appeal, it’s a style that will look just as chic off-duty too. Style yours with straight leg jeans, black ankle boots and gold hoop earrings for an effortless look that wouldn’t look out of place at New York Fashion Week. 

    Shop & Other Stories oversized linen blazer, £89

  • Albus Lumen

    Cut from lightweight linen, this laid back take on tailoring feels like the perfect style to wear if you work in a creative office. The draped fit and oversized buttons will make a subtle style statement on your 9-to-5 but feels informal enough to wear after hours too. This blazer means business, but definitely business as usual. 

    Shop Albus Lumen oversized linen blazer at Matches Fashion, £395

  • Ganni

    A heritage check is the new black; this monochrome Ganni gets a big tick from us. Wear with a matching roll neck and a cool leather trouser for a crisp look that offers serious sartorial interest in the boardroom.

    Shop Ganni suiting blazer, £265      

  • Zara

    How to make the classic blazer feel completely modern? Give it a 2020 makeover in bold fuchsia. This super slouchy blazer from Zara is single-breasted and has a body-skimming long-line cut, which makes it even more cool – best of all, it comes with matching wide-leg trousers to overhaul the classic business suit. Pair with sleek black ankle boots for a bold statement look.

    Shop Zara oversized blazer, £59.99      

  • Acne Studios

    When it comes to power dressing, oversized tailoring is the freshest way to make it work for you. Cut from wool and mohair this chic black blazer feels as luxe as it looks, making it the perfect piece to conquer the meeting room in understated style.

    Shop Acne Studios wool and mohair-blend blazer, £520      

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