This Chic Staple Is the Hardest-Working Item in Any Wardrobe

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At Who What Wear, we're big fans of blazers. This is mainly because we genuinely believe they have the power to transform any look. When we're based in the office, we always have one slung on the backs of our chairs which we can don to meetings and industry events or throw on for after-work drinks (remember those?). They're outfit saviours, and none come more versatile than the classic black blazer.

Chances are you already own a black blazer, but when last did you wear it? If it's been a while since you showed this old fashion faithful some love, we have just the thing to put the spice back into your relationship. We've tracked down eight fresh, autumn-ready black-blazer outfits for you to try, whether you're dressing for date night, a shopping trip, or Saturday brunch with friends.

We've deliberately chosen looks you can re-create with pieces in your existing wardrobe so you can start exacting them from the get-go. Still, should you need to fill any gaps, rest assured we've covered all the shopping bases. Of course, we've peppered the best black blazers to buy now along the way.

So scroll on to see eight impressive black-blazer outfits, which perfectly demonstrate the staple's full potential.

WHITE TOP + DENIM BERMUDAS

Style Notes: 2021 has been the year of Bermuda shorts. Though, you needn't give them up when autumn rolls around. Look for denim styles that afford you more warmth, and throw on your black blazer for an elevated spin.

Shop the look:

Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)

The Line by K Driss White Stretch-Cotton Tank (£75)

Agolde 90's Blue Distressed Longline Denim Shorts (£170)

CABLE-KNIT JUMPER + PLEATED MINI

Style Notes: Blazers might feel formal initially, but you can give them a playful, preppy spin with an on-trend pleated miniskirt. We love how Dawn has added a traditional cable-knit sweater into her outfit equation, too.

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Tailored Padded Shoulder Blazer (£95)

& Other Stories Fitted Cable Knit Sweater (£65)

Weekday Pleated Mini Skirt (£30)

TAILORED TROUSERS + CLASSIC TRAINERS

Style Notes: Strike the ultimate casual/cool balance by pairing your black blazer with slouchy tailored trousers and a pair of white trainers.

Shop the look:

Monki Single-Breasted Blazer (£40)

Arket High Waist Linen Trousers (£69)

FitFlop Rally Leather Sneakers (£80)

PRINTED MIDI DRESS + ANKLE BOOTS

Style Notes: You needn't start packing away your pretty summer dresses now that autumn is just around the corner. Maximise their lifespan by wearing them with a classic black blazer and elegant ankle boots, just like Jessica.

Shop the look:

Karen Millen Curve Soft Tailored Relaxed Blazer (£79)

Conditions Apply Floral Maxi Dress (£158)

Paris Texas City Square-Toe Leather Boots (£430)

BRIGHT TEE + BLUE JEANS

Style Notes: Many black-blazer outfits are centred around a muted colour palette, but why not throw a poppin' T-shirt into the mix to jazz things up? Just add true-blue jeans and you're good to go just about anywhere.

Shop the look:

Another Tomorrow Double-Breasted Organic Linen-Blend Twill Jacket (£760)

Uniqlo Crew-Neck T-Shirt (£10)

COS Straight-Leg Jeans (£69)

KNITTED DRESS + HEELED MULES

Style Notes: The simplicity of the black blazer means it loans itself to a variety of textures—the most seamless being knitwear. Slung over a slinky knitted dress, this is the ideal outfit for after-dark drinks or an intimate dinner out.

Shop the look:

H&M Oversized Blazer (£30)

Zara Ribbed Midi Dress (£20)

BY FAR Tanya Mules (£290)

STATEMENT TOP + KNITTED SKIRT

Style Notes: Sticking with knitted textures, black blazers also add instant polish to woollen skirts or trousers. Pair with an eye-catching top (stripes always do the job) for a directional but cosy look.

Shop the look:

COS Boyfriend-Fit Blazer (£135)

Wales Bonner Brixton Striped Ribbed-Knit Cotton Sleeveless Top (£295)

Rodebjer Knitted Skirt (£155)

VEST TOP + WIDE-LEG JEANS

Style Notes: Bring your classic jeans-and-blazer outfit up to date by switching out straight-leg styles for a pair of loose-fitting jeans. It's undoubtedly the silhouette of 2021.

Shop the look:

Zara Oversized Blazer (£50)

Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Cropped Workout Vest (£30)

H&M Wide Jeans (£25)

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