Take away the blazer of your Girlfriend

For many women, however, daring to wear the trendy casual blazer beyond the formal suit is still a step too far. It's often avoided and thrown at the back of the wardrobe as it's considered to be too dressy. This is easily avoided with a pair of casual, everyday jeans and a graphic t-shirt. Trainers even go with this look. Here the blazer does not "dress up" the outfit, it simply sets it off, adds a smarts edge to it.Read more after the break...

Starlets Rachel Bilson and Malin Akerman have been spotted around town rocking an expertly tailored Express blazer. We applaud Rachel and Malin for spotting quality bargain and mixing and matching it with higher priced items they own.

As the epitome of a “wardrobe essential” this blazer is the perfect finishing piece to both Bilson’s printed mini-dress, and Akerman’s embellished denim. Versatile and chic, this Express Studio Stretch Strong Shoulder Long Jacket is also surprisingly affordable for a tailored piece, at only $98.

For a different color option, and an excellent basic for chilly summer nights and cool fall days, Express also offers this grey Studio Stretch One Button Jacket. The classy gray hue is a twist on the original black blazer, as it can be dressed up for the office and paired with matching trousers, and dressed down for casual outings, when thrown over a dress.

Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively expertly wears her gray blazer, showing just how versatile the color can be.  Take a cue from her and accessorize with a multi-strand bold color Necklace, or throw over a figure hugging dress to create a tailored, head turning look.

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