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.
Shop this gray two -tone cotton boyfriend blazer
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 this masculine. Check out this gorgeous fuschia boyfriend jacket with its elegant rolled 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 white 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 red boyfriend jacket from Zara, and I have an orange linen boyfriend jacket from last summer. I still wear both! They’ve been a great investment.
Fit Tips :If you are on the hunt for a jacket this style, look for one that fit well across the shoulders, is mostly loose but has a slight nip in at the waist. This gives you a bit of shape, without being form-fitting. There’s some nice ones out this spring.
Looking for a few ideas for what to wear one with?
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, go for one in cotton, linen or some other relaxed fabric that matches the mood of your casual look.
shop this white boyfriend jacket
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.
Brights are popular, but neutral colors work with everything. Start by layering a basic black boyfriend jacket over a bohemian-style top and pendant necklace. Tie it all together with a cute suede bootie and structured leather tote.
OVER A DRESS
You can also use a boyfriend jacket to dress up a date night or fancy occasion outfit. For example, a white boyfriend jacket is incredibly classy as a summer layer. Pop it over a dress in a bright summer print.
Choose a dress with a fitted bodice and a flared skirt to 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 patent leather clutch adds a 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.