This Simple Two-Part Outfit Is Summer's Answer to Jeans and a Nice Top

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Blazers have undergone what is perhaps one of the most significant metamorphoses in the world of fashion. Once reserved for boardroom meetings and private members clubs, the piece was later adopted by the style set and has remained an integral part of their uniform every since. Versatile and with the ability to transcend seasons, the sharp cover-up can be worn year-round with just a few styling tweaks. And now, as we find ourselves in the midst of summer, right now blazers are increasingly being worn with another warm-weather staple: shorts.

Be they denim or linen, fitted or breezy, shorts and blazers are fast-becoming fashion’s new favourite pairing (second only to another perennial combination—jeans and a nice top). But how do you pull off blazer and shorts outfits right from the bat? Looking to a few of our influencer friends, who have been wearing the duo repeat this season, it’s evident that one surefire way to make blazers and shorts look chic is to stick to a neutral colour palette—think blacks, tans, beiges, and creams. Then there are also fabrications to consider—a floaty blazer, for example, might loan itself better to a more rigid short style, whereas a tailored blazer might look even cooler paired with more relaxed shorts.

Finding the combination that works best for you will take trial and error but, to help get you started, we’ve rounded up seven blazer and shorts outfits we find impressive. Scroll below to see them and, should you fall in love with any of them specifically, then you can proceed to shop the pieces to re-create it with, too.

Style Notes: Denim cut-offs always make comeback for summer—team them with a black blazer and chunky trainers for less-is-more appeal.

Shop the look:

COS Boyfriend Blazer (£135)

Free People We The Free Betty Long Sleeve (£32)

Raey Tahini Frayed-Hem Denim Shorts (£95)

New Balance 425 Trainers (£75)

Style Notes: ICYMI, cycling shorts are all the rage this season, and Lydia has found our favourite way to wear them—with a belted blazer overtop. So sleek.

Shop the look:

Mango Flowy Suit Blazer (£50)

Arket High Waist Leather Belt (£59)

Sweaty Betty All Day 10" Cycling Shorts (£35)

Nanushka Anja Baguette Ruched Vegan Leather Shoulder Bag (£375)

Style Notes: we can always count of Aïda to serve up stylish tonal looks and this ensemble is no different. We love her combination of a slouchy beige blazer, white shorts, and a classic black tee.

Shop the look:

Zara Oversized Flowing Blazer (£70)

Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt (£15)

Mango Drawstring Waist Cotton Shorts (£18)

Muuñ Panier Woven Straw and Cotton Tote Bag (£175)

Blend the colour of your blazer to that of your shorts and your ensemble will feel instantly pulled-together. Case in point—Charlotte's ecru look.

Shop the look:

Karen Millen Curve Relaxed Tailored Double Breasted Jacket (£135)

COS Oversized Boater Hat (£45)

Marks & Spencer Denim Boyfriend Shorts (£25)

Style Notes: You needn't ignore your tweed and woollen blazers until autumn—wearing them with shorts and trainers (in Amy's case, black denim hot pants and cool Converse) will give them serious summertime appeal.

Shop the look:

Anine Bing Fishbone Blazer (£259)

Marks & Spencer Pure Cotton Straight Fit T-Shirt (£8)

River Island Plus Black Ripped Mid-Rose Denim Shorts (£30)

Converse Chuck 70 Classic High Top (£75)

Style Notes: Chiara showcases yet more evidence that timeless shades of tan, white, and black work seamlessly together to create the most sophisticated of ensembles.

Shop the look:

La Redoute Boyfriend Blazer (£52)

Mulberry Iris Mix and Match Make Your Own Bag (£1295)

COS Cotton-Linen Shorts (£45)

Whistles Cece Woven Leather Slider Sandals (£115)

Style Notes: If you're tentative about mixing your blazer and shorts outfits, follow Chrissy's lead by investing in a matching short suit. Then, simply dress it up with heels, or wind things down with a pair of tennis shoes.

Shop the look:

Marks & Spencer Tailored Blazer (£59)

Marks & Spencer Tailored Shorts (£25)

Selected Femme Slfhailey Trainers (£110)

Opening Image: @naaomiross

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