The best blazers for women—classic, chic styles for every shape and budget

From color-pop to classic navy, the best blazers for women offer instant style appeal

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It's no wonder finding the best blazer for women is as the top of many fashion editor's wish lists. With the the power to elevate any look, a beautifully-made, timeless blazer is a stylish and versatile addition to any wardrobe, and is well worth the investment. 

A blazer can smarten up your best jeans and t-shirt combo, or add a structured twist to a silky evening dress. It can even give a polish to leggings and your best cashmere jumper on the school run. Once you’ve added a blazer to your capsule wardrobe, you'll never look back.

“In my opinion, every capsule wardrobe needs a blazer. Whether it’s an oversized option worn by the likes of Rihanna, or a more fitted style, favoured by Meghan Markle, the blazer is an essential piece that can be dressed up or down with key items in your wardrobe,” says Roxy Harding, styling team lead at personal styling platform Stitch Fix.


Best blazer for women—where to shop

When it comes to the best places to buy women's blazers, you don’t have to spend a fortune. H&M has several good, quality styles that will add some sophistication to your basics, whilst Zara and Mango offer trend-led iterations guaranteed to make a statement.

If you’ve got more budget to blow, look to mid-point brands that excel in tailoring such as Whistles and Reiss. If you want a simple, goes-with-everything, black blazer or a luxe-looking velvet number, both brands carry premium styles that will last for years. 

“When shopping for a blazer, I always consider the fabric, shoulder placement and length. These elements can completely change the look and feel of your outfit. For example, Whistles offers some fantastic natural linen and jersey styles that create an effortless, casual look; style with a simple cami, high-waisted shorts and sandals. For more formal occasions, wool or viscose blazers are great structured pieces,” says Roxy.

Whatever price point you buy your blazer at, ensuring certain details are on point will mean your blazer has longevity. Look for neat stitching and linings, luxe-looking tortoise shell, metal or fabric buttons (you can always swap cheap-looking plastic ones), and vents that give shape at the back. Mid-to-heavy weight fabrics will hang well and look more expensive, as will styles that don't have lots of fussy embellishments. 

Best women’s blazers to suit your shape

As for which blazer shape to opt for, it's all about picking the style that makes you feel the most confident. But if you're looking for a little guidance consider the following: 

  • Waisted — styles and those that nip in at the waist will highlight your waistline, giving shape to boyish frames and complimenting an hourglass shape. 
  • Open-front — open designs that skim the body and elongate the torso create a streamline silhouette and are often considered the best plus-sized blazers. 
  • Cropped — these tend to be the best blazers for petites as they don't swamp a smaller frame. 
  • Oversized — lend laid-back cool to your outfit. Try balancing out voluminous proportions with a fitted bottom half such as skinny jeans or a pencil dress.
  • Double breasted   classic double-breasted styles create a strong shoulder line, so are great for balancing wider hips. 
  • Longline — blazers that hit mid thigh work well on tall frames that can carry the extra length. 

Whatever style you choose, make sure it's fitted — not tight — across shoulders; check you can move your arms comfortable without it pulling. Sleeves should hit the wrist bone, any longer and you risk looking like you're blaze is too big. 

Best blazer for women as chosen by our fashion team

Whistles Oversized Linen Blazer

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1. Whistles Oversized Linen Blazer

Best linen blazer

RRP: $299/£149
Sizes: US 0-14/UK 4-18
Fabric: 100% Linen
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight for summer+Timeless style
Reasons to avoid
-Not very warm

A breezy linen blazer is a wardrobe hero and with good reason. The lightweight style is perfect for smartening up a cotton t-shirt for a chic warm-weather workwear outfit, and can be thrown over a silky blouse for cocktail o'clock. It even works a-top a pretty dress for summer weddings. Not just for summer wear though, layer a fine knit underneath for easy trans-seasonal dressing. Whistles' neutral iteration is the best of the season, coming in 100% linen with a subtle over-sized fit and button-free open. The minimal design won't date, meaning you'll be reaching for this in years to come. 

H&M oversized jacket

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2. H&M oversized jacket

Best oversized blazer

RRP: $49.99/£34.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
Fabric: Lining: 100% Polyester | Outer shell: 92% Viscose, 8% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Budget-friendly+Relaxed oversized fit
Reasons to avoid
-Can come up big

H&M is the destination for good quality tailored blazers on a budget, and this oversized iteration certainly has style appeal. Coming in a classic straight-cut and long, thigh-skimming length it works best over slimline pieces such as fine knits, bias-cut dresses and skirts or skinny jeans, and will lend androgynous appeal to your outfit. Available in beige, white and powder blue, we rate the beige colorway for versatility; style tonally with creams, caramels and browns, use it to lighten up black and navy or use it to temper brights. 

Cos Tailored Blazer

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3. Cos Tailored Blazer

Best black blazer

RRP: $125/£79
Sizes: XS-L
Fabric: Lining: 100% Cotton | Outer shell: 77% Lyocell, 23% Linen.
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Good quality+Sustainably sourced fabric
Reasons to avoid
-May be too big for petites

Every wardrobe needs a classic black blazer that will take you from the office to evening drinks, and COS' borrowed-from-the-boys style is our top pick. The softly tailored silhouette offers enough structure to be smart, but has a relaxed look that feels thoroughly contemporary and means the jacket could just as easily be paired with suit trousers as it could jeans or linen slacks. The simple one-button closure creates an elegant deep v-neckline. Crafted from sustainably sourced Tencel, it also delivers on planet-friendly credentials. 

Zara double breasted buttoned blazer

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4. Zara double breasted buttoned blazer

Best double breasted blazer

RRP: $89.90/£59.99
Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: Lining: 100% Acetate Outer Shell: 55% Cotton, 42% Polyester, 3% elastane
Care: Dry clean only
Reasons to buy
+Statement style+Luxe details
Reasons to avoid
-Double breasted is not for everyone

With a sharp, structured shape, the double breasted blazer is the ultimate power dressing piece. Zara's luxe-looking version certainly packs style punch with exaggerated shoulders and high-shine buttons - it would take even a simple T-shirt and jeans up a notch or two. While the sunshine yellow and pastel pink would make for an on-trend, statement cover-up, the oyster white wins out on versatility. Layer over a crisp cotton shirt for the office, team with a Breton stripe and denim for the weekend or wear over a camisole and silky trousers for a Le Smoking inspired evening look.

& Other Stories oversize wool blazer

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Best wool blazer

RRP: $219/£165
Sizes: US 0-12/ UK 6-18
Fabric: Lining: 55% Polyester, 45% Viscose | Outer shell: 64% Wool, 32% Polyamide, 4% Other fibres
Care: Dry clean only
Reasons to buy
+Warm for winter+Good for layering  
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive

You may be more inclined to reach for a blazer as a light cover-up in the spring, but this premium wool-blend fabrication of this blazer makes it appropriate for the colder months too. Its pared-back design and oversized cut makes the classic shape feel contemporary and allows plenty of room for layering over chunkier clothes. It would look oh-so-chic styled over a chunky knits and cashmere sweaters during winter, or use it as an evening cover-up and wear over the top of a velvet midi.

J Crew going out blazer

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6. J Crew going out blazer

Best open front blazer

RRP: $168/£177
Sizes: US 0-24/UK 2-24
Fabric: Viscose, Nylon, Elastane
Care: Dry clean only
Reasons to buy
+Simplistic style+Available in petite and tall
Reasons to avoid
-Can run small-No buttons

This ‘going out’ blazer really lives up to the name. A favourite with customers (just look at those reviews!) this fitted blazer is the perfect companion to dress up your jeans-and-a-nice-top combo. The open front, collarless style makes it easy to layer over a large collared blouse or show off a statement necklace with minimal distractions. It comes in regular, petite and tall fit to suit myriad body shapes, and the stretch-twill material offers a snug, comfortable fit that moves with you. The perfect evening layer to finish an outfit of sparkly top, jeans and sandals, it would also work paired with a shirt and smart trousers for the office. 

Reiss Opal Black Velvet Blazer

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7. Reiss Opal Black Velvet Blazer

Best velvet blazer

RRP: $495/£268
Sizes: US 0-10/ UK 4-14
Fabric: Body: 70% Cotton, 28% Viscose, 2% Elastane, Contrast: 97% Polyester, 3% Elastane
Care: Dry clean only
Reasons to buy
+Investment piece+Good for special occasions
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive

Nothing adds a dose of opulence more than plush velvet, and this tuxedo-inspired blazer will help to polish off your occasionwear. Considered details give this blazer extra oomph: chic satin lapels, clean single-breasted fastening, covered button, luxe lining. Although at the higher end of the price scale, Reiss is one of our go-to stores when it comes to quality tailoring that lasts, so it’s a worthy investment. Keep it simple and pair with tailored trousers and sleek stilettos for an elegant after-dark look. 

Ted Baker Check double-breasted jacket

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8. Ted Baker Check double breasted jacket

Best plaid blazer

RRP: $395/£229
Sizes: US 0-5/ UK 6-18
Fabric: Outer shell: 63% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 3% Elastane | Body lining: 51% Viscose, 49% Acetate | Sleeve Lining: 97% Polyester, 3% Elastane
Care: Dry clean only
Reasons to buy
+Bold, timeless design
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive

Much like a plaid midi dress, a checked blazer is a style staple and will add heritge chic to your outfit. Ted Baker's iteration is a real statement-maker with its bold double-breasted design and subtly oversized fit, designed to elevate your look in an instant. With traditional autumnal shades of burgundy and camel, it’s the perfect finishing touch to your fall outfit. Team with a cream jumper dress and flat riding boots, or toughen up with a leather skirt and box-fresh trainers. 

Mango cropped blazer with buttons

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9. Mango cropped blazer with buttons

Best cropped blazer

RRP: $119/£69.99
Sizes: XXS-XXL
Fabric: 100% Wool | Lining: 50% Viscose, 50% Polyester.
Care: Dry clean only
Reasons to buy
+Good for petites+Flattering fit
Reasons to avoid
-Maybe too thick for summer

If oversized styles are not for you, then a cropped blazer is a chic option that will instantly pull your look together. Giving boyish tailoring a feminine edge, cropped cuts are fresh, modern and won’t swamp your figure (ideal for petites!). Wear with high-waist jeans or wide-leg trousers to accentuate your waist and give off a serious leg-lengthening silhouette. This straight-cut style is made from 100% wool and features long sleeves and two buttons on the front. Available in a highly-wearable black hue, this unfussy style hits the nail on the head.

Iris & Ink Ebony double-breasted linen-blend blazer

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10. Iris & Ink Ebony double breasted linen blend blazer

Best colorful blazer

RRP: $205/£175
Sizes: US 0-10/UK 4-14
Fabric: 60% Linen, 39% Viscose, 1% Elastane
Care: Dry clean only
Reasons to buy
+Designer-worthy style+Mood-boosting colour
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing-More expensive

Nothing lifts your mood – or your look – more than a color-popping blazer, and we love this sunny-hued number. Cut from a relaxed linen-blend, it has that easy-breezy appeal that’s ideal for throwing over floaty white dresses in the summer or brightening up a pair of jeans come fall. The double-breasted front and tortoiseshell buttons gives it a classic expensive-looking finish. It has a longer length too for extra coverage, finishing mid-thigh and a slight nipped-in waist to help streamline your shape. We feel cheerful just looking at it.

How to look after your blazer 

To keep your blazer in tip-top condition, always hang on a wide shouldered clothes hanger to keep the shoulder line in shape. 

Spot clean stains and remove dust and fluff with a lint roller. You can freshen up under arms and lining with a clothes spray, and keep creases away with a hand-held mini steamer. 

At the end of each season, take your blazers to the dry cleaners for a thorough clean. 

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_