GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BLAZER

You get handed an invitation to a party that calls for a dress code with the word “formal” in it, and before you know it you’re rolling your eyes thinking about all the boring combinations that would go with a blazer. We, however, beg to differ — for something that’s found in the men’s section of a departmental store and has been around since the beginning of time, this fetching piece will be your favorite with this mix-and-match tips.

For the classic look, go with…

A smart dress shirt and a tie of your choice. Although this could be the most formal look of all, there’s always a bit of leeway to pick out a dress shirt with a collar or tie print that stands out against a black or navy blue blazer.

Need to spice things up? Go with…

A sweater or cardigan to wear over your dress shirt. The textures and knit patterns of the additional layer add a subtle visual interest to any refined blazer look. In fact, feel free to go with an eccentric bow tie; that will charm the ladies in an instant!

Look smart with a relaxed combo such as…

A blazer over an oxford button-up shirt. With checks, stripes and creative prints at our disposal, the blazer balances the slightly laid-back shirt out with structured shoulders and its formal aura.

Show off your sporty side with…

A solid-colored polo shirt. Not only does the blazer pimp up the laid-back style of a polo tee, but the latter adds a certain sass to the casual look.