From the runway to stores to right on campus, one trending layer of outerwear continues to serve as a classic staple in every Fashionista/o’s closet: blazers. Whether it is worn to class, to an interview or on a date night, a blazer is the perfect piece to tie together any look in a tailored and chic manner.

Observing several spring 2015 ready-to-wear runway collections, designers including Chanel, KORS Michael Kors and Y’s Yves Saint Laurent featured show stopping looks that all had one cohesive element in common: blazers. The structured garment was often paired with softer articles such as flowy skirts, dresses and floral patterns to give the masculine article a feminine touch. The clean lines of a blazer instantly create an effortlessly sophisticated look.

Many people have the notion that blazers are too “stiff” and can only be worn in an office or professional setting in subdued colors such as black or gray. Pairing this hunter green blazer with a white pinstripe button-down top, jeans and a fun tortoise shell statement necklace, this Fashionista proves that a blazer can be worn in a more casual way. She chose to wear gold accessories that tied together with the gold buttons on the blazer, and she finished the look with dark brown riding boots. Her look is preppy, polished and put together while still comfortable and relaxed.

When shopping for a blazer to add to your closet, think solid classic colors to wear with any outfit or a fun printed blazer to add a more graphic element to your look! A collarless or dropped collar blazer has simple lines and adds a modern twist to the classic blazer.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Adding a blazer to a more casual outfit gives you a more put together appearance. Invest in a well-made blazer, and you will have the perfect piece to wear with any outfit. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and patterns!”