If you can’t figure out what to wear right now, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Many of us are feeling the same way, especially since summer is holding on tight one minute (hello, sun!) and then the temperatures drop and it’s time to layer up. It’s during these times that I like to turn to my most reliable outfits, which help me look effortlessly chic and feel my best, no matter the weather.
When in doubt, simple and effective is my motto, and recently, the look I’ve been reaching for over and over is a classic blazer-and-legging combo. It’s comfy thanks to the leggings and polished thanks to the blazer—a piece that just so happens to also be the perfect transitional layer. So really, it’s a win-win, and the best part is that this pairing can be reimagined in so many different ways to keep it feeling fresh all autumn long.
Below, I’ve found six blazer-and-legging looks that feel especially current. They range from celebrity-inspired to influencer-approved, but they all involve minimalist (read: easy to style) formulas that you can throw on in the morning and still look as pulled-together in by the end of the day.
Whether you prefer boots, heels or flat shoes; tweed, classic or leather blazers; stirrup, split-hem or standard leggings, there’s outfit inspo here to suit everyone’s taste. (You can even put some of these outfits together with pieces you already own.) Plus, each outfit can take you from meetings to after-work drinks with hardly any effort.
Keep scrolling to see just how versatile this outfit combo can be. You can also shop each outfit in case you spot anything you’d like to copy!
1. Camel Blazer + Ankle Boots
Style Notes: Camel and black is a timeless combination, as demonstrated by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I love the juxtaposition between the boxy blazer and the ultra-tight leggings.
2. White Blazer + Belt + Black Ankle Boots
Style Notes: If you tend to feel frumpy in relaxed silhouettes, opt for a belted blazer to cinch you in at the waist.
3. Tweed Blazer + Mules
Style Notes: We're calling it—tweed jackets are going to be huge this season. Dress down this preppy style with a pair of basic black leggings and understated mules.
4. Black Blazer + Breton Knit + Ballet Pumps
Style Notes: Autumn is all about layering, so this consider slinging a striped knit over your shoulders in case the chill hits. Then, balance out the boyish fit of your blazer with a pair of dainty ballet flats.
5. White Blazer + Mini Bag + Stilettos
Style Notes: Take note from Marilyn and have some fun with proportions; a micro bag and pointed stilettos are unexpected additions to a blazer-and-leggings look, but we think it all works flawlessly.
6. Tonal Blazer + White Heels
Style Notes: We're all for tonal outfits, especially as we head into autumn. Pair similar neutrals (such as beige with camel) together for a cohesive look.