When a style is beloved by a powerful White House staffer, a reality TV mogul, and a royal-to-be, you know it’s a winner.
White House communications director Hope Hicks and celebrity Kim Kardashian are two very different women, with one thing in common: They both have a serious affection for the blazer dress. Unsurprisingly, each styles hers very differently. But that’s what we love about blazers to begin with — they’re so versatile. And a blazer as a dress? Even better. And these two powerful women agree.
Hicks made her love affair with the blazer dress public earlier this month. She wore a navy blue belted double-breasted dress during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office Feb. 2. The wool Theory blazer dress hits midthigh and costs $555.
Obviously aware of how successful the look was, she whipped it out again just a week later. This usually would be a fashion faux pas, but she styled it so differently it was barely noticeable. This time she wore it over a pale button-down, bringing out her inner Connecticut prep, and cinched the waist with a different leather belt. To watch the president speak to the press, she paired it with over-the-knee suede heeled boots, giving it a hint of sex appeal.
Then, on Tuesday, she wore it again. This time, the presidential adviser reverted back to the original style to testify to the House Intelligence Committee in its ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. She went barelegged with black pumps and carried a black leather satchel, looking incredibly confident and put-together while still super stylish.
Now, to the opposite end of the spectrum, you may have noticed that Kim K. has adopted a new uniform: the oversize blazer with no pants (or barely there biker shorts) and no shirt underneath. It sounds very similar to Hicks’s look, but it has a very different effect. This past September, Kardashian attended an NYFW party for Vivienne Westwood in an oversize tan blazer by the designer, which she wore as a dress. Two days later, she wore a black blazer and biker shorts sans shirt for the Alexander Wang show.
Two months later, she showed up to the Bumble Bizz Los Angeles Launch Dinner at Nobu Malibu wearing the same outfit: black suit jacket and small biker shorts, no shirt.
And earlier this month, Kardashian wore a similar outfit in Tokyo.
Finally, in a late-breaking addition to the growing jacket-dress trend of A-listers, Meghan Markle made an appearance on Wednesday in a navy trench coat dress from designer Jason Wu (which will run you about $1,795, if you can still get your hands on one).
Meanwhile, even though Hicks and Kardashian both frequently wear a blazer dress barelegged, Kardashian’s dresses are not really dresses, but jackets. Therefore, they are a lot shorter. And Hicks doesn’t usually wear a shirt under her Theory dress, but she buttons up, whereas Kardashian’s blazers have a traditional low button and open neckline, exposing her chest.
And while Kardashian’s occasions aren’t nearly as serious as Hicks’s — the former wearing blazer dresses on red carpets, while the latter wears them in the Oval Office — the fact that these two women who hold a lot of power in their respective professions are choosing this outfit says something about what it screams: success.
Blazers have always been a go-to professional cover-up for men and women, but now that blazer dresses are an option, these women cannot resist. And we don’t blame them: They’re the workingwoman’s pantsuit, a more feminine Hillary Clinton skirt suit. It’s a girlish way to look buttoned-up — even if it’s only one button.
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