It seems too good to be true. That the humble blazer has the ability to add elegance, style, trend and practicality to anything layered beneath it. An evening dress? Yep. A tee and jeans? Absolutely. A sweater and bike shorts? More than ever.

A tailored, sharp-cut, single-breasted jacket (once upon a time relegated to commonplace office attire) has eclipsed trend to become a must-have wardrobe staple. If you were to edit your closet to just five pieces – as seems to be the pinnacle of a life-less-complicated – a blazer would be a non-negotiable.

You only need to look to the international fashion weeks right now to note the blazer is more chic than ever. Fashion stars have been styling them over evening ensembles to add a casual sophistication while also wearing them as heroic statements with next-to-nothing underneath them. The chameleon capabilities of the blazer are genuinely endless, which makes buying one less of a purchase-whim and much more of an investment.

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Bella Hadid in Paris on September 27, 2017 for Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer. Getty Images

This spring, contrast usual thinking by opting for a classically winter tone. Prints in forms of checks, houndstooth and plaid are making a high fashion comeback and purposefully juxtaposing summer outfits beneath.

The best part? A single style can offer multiple looks. So plenty of new season looks await you with the addition of just one piece. Here is how GRAZIA is wearing this season’s check version. One jacket, four ways.

So Frenchy, So chic

You can never go wrong with a blazer and denim…but why not try on a Parisian accent (like Bella Hadid did in Paris last year, above) with a beret and some high-fashion extras.

CUE Gingham Double Breasted Blazer, $420, SHOP NOW. SANDRO PARIS, ANGELIQUE T-SHIRT, $160, SHOP SIMILAR. Calvin Klein Jeans, HIGH RISE SKINNY JEAN, $325, SHOP SIMILAR. STRAND HATTERS, AVENEL BERET, $40, SHOP IN STORE. BALLY, Cecyle .C handbag, $2295, SHOP IN STORE.

 

downtime meets high-style

Weekend run-arounds don’t need to mean your daggy best. This simple look of silk midi-skirt, tee, sneakers and of course a blazer is stylishly ready for whatever (or whoever…) you might run into.

CUE Gingham Double Breasted Blazer, $420, SHOP NOW. BALLY, KNIT, $650, SHOP IN STORE. MAX MARA, SKIRT, $755, SHOP SIMILAR. BALLY, Vita Parcours sneaker, $610, SHOP IN STORE. Coach, Tea Rose Applique Dinky Crossbody bag in Leather, $1095, SHOP NOW

 

Fashion forward print clash

Make a statement with a dress in colours that enthusiastically welcomes the new season. Take it a step further by purposefully clashing it with your check jacket for an artfully styled look.

CUE Gingham Double Breasted Blazer, $420, SHOP NOW, Cue Pleated Stripe Georgette Dress, $360, SHOP NOW

 

new-wave business-bold

The blazer is still right at home in its heritage home of ‘the office’, so ramp up the trend side of your work repertoire by pairing classic black and white with a monochrome-matching checked blazer.

Cue Gingham Double Breasted Blazer, $420, SHOP NOW, Cue CRINKLE GEORGETTE TOP, $125, SHOP NOW, Cue Linen Twill Shorts, $225, SHOP NOW,  Cue Leather Belt Bag, $195, SHOP NOW.

thoughts?