The 22 Best Blazer Dresses You Can Wear Everywhere

This day-to-night hybrid style is greater than the sum of its parts.

Words by Aemilia Madden

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In the 2001 song Short Skirt/Long JacketCake front man John McCrea sang, “I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket.” But what about a girl in a blazer dress? If McCrea was more tuned into fashion, it’s no doubt the anthem would have featured slightly different lyrics.

The hybrid style borrows its shape from classic outerwear and is the type of staple that fits the needs of do-it-all women. “[The blazer dress] deftly blends sharpness with sensuality in a way that always feels modern and unfussy,” Andrea Lieberman, the founder of A.L.C., says. The brand’s goal, she says, is to reimagine wardrobe essentials through “the lens of power and confidence.” And indeed, the best blazer dresses are those that are simultaneously sharp, and seriously sexy.

The effortlessness of the blazer dress is what Lieberman loves most. For work, that could mean styling it with trousers or a silk midi skirt. For night, Lieberman says, “it’s all about the plunging neckline, a smudge of liner, and a lofty heel—simple and striking.” The only downside to a blazer dress is that you’re dealing with a V-neck and short hemline. So you may want to move around a bit in yours before removing the tag, just to confirm you won’t be dealing with any wardrobe malfunctions down the line.

If you’re not sure where to look first, find 22 of our current favorites below—all of which will definitely make a band front man somewhere want to write a song about you. The girl with a short skirt and long jacket, who? In 2022, it’s clearly all about the girl in the blazer dress.

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Zara

Blazer Dress

It’s not quite a wrap dress, and it’s not quite a blazer. This in-between iteration is the best of both worlds.

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Rotate Birger Christensen

Double-Breasted Bouclé Dress

Calling all Elle Woods enthusiasts! We absolutely need another Legally Blonde movie just to see Reese Witherspoon’s character in this playful pink bouclé blazer dress, no?

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Theory

Blazer Dress in Good Wool

Sometimes, the best option is simple, sleek, and black. But don’t write the combination off as boring. This tailored, double-breasted style demands a look at the details.

| VELVET CRUSH | 

11 Honoré

Laura Blazer Dress

There’s something mildly equestrian about this double-breasted velvet style, but it’s not just for horse girls. You can easily wear this to the races—or not.

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Acler

Woodbine Draped Satin Mini Wrap Dress

Sharp tailoring not for you? The draped cut of this pale-hued blazer dress has a laid-back but luxe feel.

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Self-Portrait

Hybrid Blazer Dress

Break out of your blazer dress box and try this take from Self-Portrait that feels like an optical illusion. It may look like a silky skirt and a jacket styled together at first glance, but it’s actually one piece! This blazer dress is essentially made for double takes.

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Veronica Beard

Kenai Sparkly Button-Front Blazer Dress

Don’t feel the need to take formalwear all too seriously. This sparkly button-down dress is made for celebratory occasions. Easy as that.

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A.L.C.

Iris Tailored Mini Dress

“The allure of the blazer dress lies in its effortlessness,” Lieberman says. This black dress is simple in all the right ways, but a little more exciting than your standard LBD.

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Maje

Contrasting Tweed Dress

Can’t seem to stumble across the right tweed set at the consignment shop? This textured tweed blazer dress feels elevated but just as retro as vintage.

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Nana Jacqueline

Quin Blazer Dress

If you’re looking for a new night-out staple or even a flirty rehearsal dinner dress, this style has the power to be as polished as you want it to be.

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Amanda Uprichard

Meritt Blazer

Oversized, boxy blazers may be the style du jour, but if you prefer a more defined waist, try something with a built-in belt like this cream-hued option.

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Jacquemus

Bari Blazer Dress

Parisian label Jacquemus is beloved for its playful, sexy takes on more classic wardrobe staples. And this deep-V taupe blazer fits the je ne sais quoi bill.

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Staud

Hue Blazer

Who doesn’t love candy? This lollipop-hued blazer dress is saccharine in all the right ways.

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M.M.Lafleur

The Gwynne Dress

Not all blazer dresses may feel well suited to your office — especially if you’re somewhere that leans more formal. The mid-thigh hemline and streamlined look of this blazer dress, though, certainly feels more reasonable for on the clock.

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Off-White

Blazer Wool-Blend Minidress

If anyone asks, no, you didn’t miss a button. Off-White’s blazer dress is purposefully meant to be a bit off-kilter.

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Sandro

Short Tweed  | Coat Dress

There’s something about this blazer dress that just screams “wear me on a boat.” So do it! All you really need to finish the look is a little sailor hat.

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Jonathan Simkhai

Jayda Structured Blazer Dress

Cutouts are a feature that can instantly transform a blazer dress from day to night. Style this Jonathan Simkhai number with a turtleneck for work, and then with a pair of your go-to heels for happy hour after.

| POWER SHOULDERS |

Saint Laurent

Blazer Dress

Mini hemline? Check. Sharp shoulders? Check. Wide lapels? Check. Leave it to Saint Laurent to create a dress with daring (and dare we say perfect) proportions.

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Stella McCartney

Double Breasted Wool Blazer Dress

As the air gets crisper, don’t entirely retire all your short hemlines. A wool blazer dress styled with over-the-knee boots will serve as body armor when you have to step outside.

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Area

Embellished Tuxedo Mini Dress

A black-tie wedding dress code often requires a tuxedo, but a tuxedo-inspired dress fits the dress code too.

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Materiel

Open-Lace-Back Linen Blazer Dress

Georgian label Materiel’s strength is in its ability to put a cool twist on minimalist staples. This dress, with short sleeves and a cutout back is not your average take on the blazer.

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Cinq a Sept

Off-the-Shoulder Blazer Dress

On occasions when you want the look to be more dressy and less corporate, search for a style that offers something unexpected. Of course, the off-the-shoulder detail on this Cinq a Sept number does just that.

 

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This story originally appeared in harpersbazaar.com