The iconic double-breasted Balmain blazer is a wardrobe icon

Ever since designer Oliver Rousteing took over the creative helm of Balmain in 2011, the historic label has experienced a renaissance. Modern interpretations of its haute couture archives have resulted in a renewed excitement for its ready to wear, shoes, and accessories collections, which are dramatic and powerfully feminine.

The must-have Balmain piece is the iconic double-breasted blazer, which is inspired by the cinched-waist and exaggerated-shoulder styles of the 1980s. Fresh for 2020 in multiple variations, here are three ways to style the iconic Balmain blazer:

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Classic Balmain

The classic Balmain style is daytime-friendly, with a “power suit” feel: pair a black jumpsuit, white blazer (in crinkly crepe or stiffer cotton canvas), or the tweed variation with classic black pumps and a statement top-handle. The Balenciaga Classic City in denim blue or the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour in white complement the look elegantly without stealing attention.

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Casual Balmain

For something more casual and weekend errands appropriate, Balmain has versions of the its blazer in belted denim and pink cotton. Pair with a logo tee—the blank tank is timeless but we love the champagne sequined version—and flat footwear like chain-detailed thong sandals or all-black sneakers.

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Evening Balmain

Should you find yourself with somewhere to go out at night (or not, if you’re hosting a stylish gathering at home), Balmain is the master of evening glamour. The classic Balmain blazer appears in black metallic wool (above center), which works as a transitional look—day to night or professional nighttime. Or, go full rock-and-roll with biker jacket versions in cotton camo or traditional black lambskin.

For the total nighttime glitz factor, pair with mirrored silver sandals, black suede embossed knee-high boots, and a nano-size bag in black or metallic silver.

However you like your Balmain blazer, during the day or when the sun sets, just remember that it says at least one thing about you: “she’s powerful!”


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