A few months ago my sisters and I posted about wardrobe workhorses.  Pieces that you wear constantly, that go with everything, etc. Today is part two — a second wardrobe workhorse in our closet! Mine is this striped blazer from Old Navy. I bought it a few months ago, on a total whim, planning to try it on with a few things at home and then promptly returning it. Instead, I got home and realized just how versatile it was, and then figured out a bunch of ways I could wear it. Here are five:

1. Try it with a solid colored dress to add a splash of pattern
2. Wear it with distressed jeans to create a nice balance of casual and sophisticated
3. Pattern mix with florals, wider stripes, or polka dots
4. Throw it on over a t-shirt to instantly dress up your outfit
5. Try it with a loose or flowy top or dress to add structure

Here I applied #2 and #3 by pairing it with a floral print for some easy pattern mixing, and combining it with distressed jeans for a sophisticated casual look.

photos by sara walk
old navy blazer (similar options below)
sole society boots, c/o (similar)
jewelmint necklace, c/o (similar)

Now hop over to my sister’s blogs to see their wardrobe workhorses! 


  1. Kimberly says:

    This is such a cute mix of prints – perfect casual outfit!

  2. Whitney says:

    These are some really great suggestions! I have a striped blazer that I admit to not wearing often enough. I'll have to use this post for some inspiration!

  3. Love the floral and stripes! Such a great combo!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  4. Isn't fantastic when you by something on a whim and then get tons of use out it? I have a stripped blazer but don't wear it nearly often enough, thanks for the tips. This outfit looks incredible on you, very chic but effortless.

  5. Becky G says:

    Love this mix! I don't have a blazer, but I keep seeing them worn well – might be a fall back to school buy for me this year!

  6. Sarah says:

    This is a perfect post, I just bought a striped blazer this weekend at Target! That combo is fantastic!

  7. I am loving that striped blazer! Its so versatile and goes with almost anything!


  8. I really like that blazer! The text says there are similar options below, but I don't see them. Am I just missing something?

  9. Iris says:

    Hi Merrick, I've been following all your ankle boots posts on Babble and I notice you wear them in a lot of your outfit posts here…question: do you wear socks with any of them? Which ones?

  10. Lindsey says:

    I love love love that bag but it doesn't seem to be available on the Sassy Steals website. Do you know what brand it is or if it is sold anywhere else?

Leave a Reply

Next Up