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Womens lightweight blazers, a classic wardrobe essential

Womens lightweight blazers are popular with ladies who like a tailored fit, but want to avoid the formality of a suit jacket. They are usually created in a smooth material and a solid, often dark, colour -although patterned designs do exist, they are rare. Many womens lightweight blazers are embellished with small details like contrasting buttons or hip pockets, but the decorative elements are generally kept to a minimum. Some are single breasted, with just one button to the front, whilst others are double breasted. Womens lightweight blazers are a flattering, easy to wear staple, for work or play. They can instantly change the tone of an everyday outfit, it all depends on the style of an individual blazer and what it’s being worn with.

Fabrics to consider when choosing womens lightweight blazers

A blazer's material is an important consideration, it determines the look, feel and warmth of the finished piece. Here are three of the most popular choices.

Linen is a much stronger and more lustrous fabric than cotton, it is a popular choice for summer jackets because it allows the wearer to stay cool. Some people are concerned about this fabric’s tendency to wrinkle, but to avoid the need for repeated ironing, just choose a blazer in a linen blend.

Wearing cashmere, or a cashmere blend, lends a sophisticated finish to an ensemble. This is a luxurious choice of wool, known for having insulating as well as aesthetic properties, and robust enough to deal with repeated use.

Velvet is a bold choice of fabric, it is extremely soft and has a slight sheen which many people find appealing. This is a lush fabric that creates an air of opulence, wear to garden parties or other semi-formal events for on-duty glamour.

Five tempting womens lightweight blazers to flatter every figure

The traditional fitted blazer nips in at the waist and creates a neat silhouette, right down to the upper thigh. The form-fitting cut means it suits any figure type, petite women will not feel swamped by acres of material, whilst fuller figured ladies can show of their curves to perfection. Dress it down with a pair of casual or distressed jeans for street smart chic, or pair with a flirty peplum top and tailored slacks for an everyday office look.

For women with slim, sporty figures who want to create the illusion of curves, the belted blazer will work like a charm. The instant waistline provides an attractive, professional air, so make the most of it with a slinky pencil skirt and heels. Alternatively, get out a favourite summer dress and make it work all year round by throwing on a warm belted blazer as an extra layer.

For tomboys or women who love a little masculine edge to their look, try the cut of a boyfriend blazer. Being looser and longer, it lacks the fitted nature of other jackets. Most have a silky lining so wearers can roll up the sleeves for a casual look, combining with a white shirt for maximum impact. The styling is reminiscent of the eighties, so team it up with leggings, baggy t-shirts and even shorts when the weather is right.

First launched on the fashion scene in 1966, by legendary couturier Yves St Laurent, the smoking jacket or Le Smoking, as he named it, is a classic in blazer design. As they tend to be long and lean, smoking jacket style blazers look stunning on taller women. The decorative features are minimal, although notched lapels and large flat pockets are the norm. When the temperature rises, simply toss it across your shoulders for a timeless air of European elegance.

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