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Written by Simone

If you don’t have a light-weight check blazer in your wardrobe,

you really need to reconsider all the life choices you’ve made up until now.

Because if there’s one thing that is going to help you transition from the warm weather to the colder months with effortless cool-girl style, it’s this fashion staple.

It’s just so versatile. You can wear it with jeans, a white t-shirt and sneakers for a sharp casual look, or dress it up with stove-pipe pants, a statement necklace and heels for a little after-work chic. You can even throw it over a floaty dress to give a rock ‘n’ roll edge to a feminine ensemble – there’s nothing more empowering than that “I stole my boyfriend’s jacket and now he’s freezing” look.

Zoe Foster-Blake recently spruiked the virtues of the check blazer on Instagram, after wearing one in a shoot for Who:

 

Other style tips that we’ve seen on Insta include cinching the waist with your favourite belt…

 

Sexing it up a bit with a pair of leather pants …

 

Going for that preppy private school look with a pleated skirt …

 

Or even opting for an oversized boyfriend style and shunning pants completely:

 

See? The possibilities are pretty much endless.

When shopping for one, take a look at the pants and skirts in your wardrobe and select a blazer that picks up some of those tones, so you can easily mix and match (or have a bit of fun with it, throw caution to the wind and go for something totally bold that clashes with everything … fashion is meant to be a bit of fun, after all).

We also recommend going for something in a bit of a lighter fabric – like linen or cotton – so that you can layer it with shirts, t-shirts and long-sleeved tops to bring you right through from summer to winter.

Below are some of our favourites that will put you on the front foot for autumn:

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