There’s a good reason the boyfriend jacket has stuck around as long as it has. It’s hard to find clothes that are casual and comfy, but at the same time chic. The boyfriend blazer fits the bill.
If you’ve never been totally clear on what a boyfriend jacket is, it’s simple. Remember the days when your chivalrous date would lend you his jacket on a chilly evening? That’s the idea behind this style of this jacket.
It’s slightly oversized, soft and slouchy, but not baggy, and it has a relaxed look and feel. Think of it as a casual alternative to a fitted jacket.
Boyfriend jackets aren’t always so masculine. Check out this stunning red boyfriend blazer. Take note of the pretty print and the gorgeous peaked collar.
A Boyfriend blazer is a fantastic wardrobe staple because it:
- gives your 40+ figure, which is getting rounder with age, some gentle structure
- is soft
- is comfy
- is roomy
- can be worn with pretty much anything, anytime anywhere
- is lightweight
- easy to travel in
Shop this taupe high-low boyfriend jacket
Boyfriend blazers for women look great in neutrals too, like white, taupe, navy or black. A jacket like this has sleeves that you can scrunch up or roll up to show off the sleeve lining ( often pinstripe). This gives you a relaxed, sporty look.
A few seasons ago I bought a pink boyfriend blazer from Zara, and I also have an orange linen boyfriend jacket too. I still wear both! They’ve been a great investment.
Fit Tips : If you are on the hunt for this type of jacket, look for one that: fits well across the shoulders, is mostly loose, but has a slight nip in at your waist. This construction gives you a bit of shape, without being form-fitting. This black boyfriend blazer below is a good example.
The Boyfriend Jacket with Jeans
The easiest way to pump up denim is to layer jeans and a printed top with a cute boyfriend blazer. To get the look, choose one in cotton, linen or some other relaxed fabric that matches the mood of your casual look.
You can roll up the sleeves of your jacket to give it a more laid back feel. It’s always a good idea to stock a few different colors in your wardrobe to increase mix-and-match possibilities.
shop this white boyfriend jacket
Brights are popular, but neutral colored jackets work with everything. Start by layering a basic black or white boyfriend blazer over a striped t-shirt and jeans. Tie it all together with a fabulous pair of booties and a drawstring bucket bag. A long boyfriend blazer like this is great for taller gals.
The Boyfriend Blazer over a Dress
A boyfriend jacket is great for making a simple dress look more dressy. Try wearing a white boyfriend jacket over a pretty print dress for a classy summer look.
A dress with a fitted bodice and a flared skirt will complement the shape of the blazer. For a more feminine silhouette, you can cinch in your jacket at the waist with a thin black leather belt. Keep your hemline just above or at the knee to avoid looking matronly when wearing a jacket like this. A black clutch adds some glam.
Other ways to wear your boyfriend jacket:
- Wear a long boyfriend jacket that goes past your hips with leggings
- Try one with dress pants but add pretty touches like jewelry and a silk top to keep it feminine.
- With a neutral colored jacket with jeans and a big colorful scarf.