Some wardrobe essentials benefit from being a little roomy. Jumpers with a bit of give in them always seem to wear better, while relaxed shirts can bestow any outfit with an instant injection of cool. Similarly, constricting fabrications, such as leather, look all the more expensive and effortless when they don't cling. And if there's one item we always seem to gravitate towards with a slouchier silhouette, it's oversized blazers.
Previously, blazers were considered a stagnant piece of an office-worker attire; a stuffy item that you'd never consider wearing beyond the 9-to-5. But my, how times have changed. We don't remember the moment blazers became "fashion," but we can recall when oversized blazers became a thing, for this update was much more recent.
Maybe six years ago, when '90s fashion made its way back onto the agenda, thrifty shoppers would snap up boxy blazers from vintage and charity shops to create a whole new blazer aesthetic, one where bigger was considered better. Soon, designers started to mimic the look, and the appeal of oversized blazers has stuck around ever since.
The ideal autumn layering piece, an oversized blazer wears well over chunky knitwear without compromising on the silhouette. Still, your oversized blazer needn't be reserved for casual pursuits. Fashion types have been wearing oversized blazers over pretty dresses to create a cool style contrast for every fanciful occasion, be it a wedding or cocktails with friends.
Seeing as we clocked more of them than we could count on the streets of Copenhagen Fashion Week, oversized blazers are an essential buy for those in the know this season. Scroll on to see how influencers and showgoers are wearing the cover-up. Then, shop our edit of the best oversized blazers out there.
OVERSIZED-BLAZER OUTFIT INSPIRATION
Oversized blazers were seen in every colour and print at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
This look is one of our favourites from CFW.
Oversized blazers can give monochromatic looks extra oomph.
Subtly match the colour of your oversized blazer to that of your dress, and you've got the perfect outfit combination.
A white blazer will make every outfit you wear look polished.
The brown tones of this outfit are so on-trend for autumn 2021.
Who said your oversized blazer had to be muted? This hot-pink shade is sublime.
The balance of colour in this look is aesthetically on point.
SHOP THE BEST OVERSIZED BLAZERS
& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blazer (£165)
Arket Oversized Cotton-Hemp Blazer (£135)
COS Oversized Blazer (£79)
River Island Khaki Oversized Blazer (£65)
The Frankie Shop Olympia Faux-Leather Blazer (£285)
Veronica Beard Parineti Stone Double-Breasted Linen Blazer (£580)
Karen Millen Curve Soft Tailored Relaxed Blazer (£80)
Monki Checked Blazer (£40)
Forte_forte Terracotta Double-Breasted Twill Blazer (£525)
Zara Double-Breasted Oversized Blazer (£50)
Another Tomorrow Oversized Single-Breasted Twill Jacket (£790)
H&M Oversized Blazer (£35)
Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)
In the Style Plus X Naomi Genes Oversized Fit Double Breasted Blazer in Chocolate (£50)
A.P.C. Prune Double-Breasted Houndstooth Wool Blazer (£395)
H&M Oversized Blazer (£60)
Arket Oversized Leather Blazer (£290)
H&M Oversized Blazer (£35)
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