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Asking for a Friend: How to Work a Blazer into Your Summer Uniform

“Asking for a Friend” is our advice series that seeks to solve all manner of fashion predicaments.

Images by Karya Schanilec

The question: How to style a blazer this summer while also doing what we really want (which is to wear the same thing every day)?

The solution: Make a uniform out of a lightweight blazer and olive chinos.

Check out Nordstrom men’s marketing planner Doug Ta’a doing a little off-duty modeling. He demonstrates 1) olive green pants look good with everything, and 2) lightweight blazers are extremely versatile. Wear them together and you have a perfect summer uniform. At work, pair the blazer with a tucked-in dress shirt. Literally any other time, rock a T-shirt or a hoodie underneath the blazer, cuff your pants, grab some sneakers and you’re good.

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Street Report: Karli Outside Derek Lam

One of the major themes I’ve noticed thus far here in New York is the high-low mix. Pairing a premium statement piece with a basic tee is the ultimate in casual chic. The fashion world has really embraced a more relaxed look this year, and I love Karli’s effortlessly cool style. That fringed skirt is absolutely stunning and I must have it immediately! I’ll take those modern mirrored aviators, too, while we’re at it.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Street Report: Abby on Howard St.

How cute is Abby in her prairie-via-NYC look? You guys know how much I love the color red, so obviously I am biased towards Abby’s bold monochromatic choice. The full skirt has exploded on the street scene this season, and the high waist and subtle layering of Abby’s skirt add visual interest. Sneakers and mirrored aviators keep things youthful and fun.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Street Report: Melissa at Valentino

We all know how much I love a jumpsuit, so obviously I’m dying over Melissa’s Parisian-chic ensemble. Her palette is simple and strong. The camel coat has been wildly popular this season, especially with menswear lines. I love how she paired her cropped one-piece with tall, vintage-inspired boots and a light turtleneck. Oui, madame!

xo,
Crystal

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Street Report: Fajer at Elie Saab

Talk about a modern look! Fajer’s sleek take on both the moto jacket and sporty striping is Parisian perfection. I never really thought of vinyl as something I could wear, but this transparent moto jacket is beyond cool. A simple turtleneck crop and a trouser track pant give this statement piece a chance to shine. Fajer has convinced me!

xo,
Crystal

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Street Report: Zina at Viktor & Rolf

Wowza! This striking look is one of my favorites of the day. Leather is such a huge trend this fall, and Zina’s all-leather look is tough and cool.

Her sunnies and flannel give the look a relaxed vibe, without compromising the edgy effect. While a leather turtleneck might seem difficult to wear, Zina (Fashion Vibe) proves that it’s worth the effort!

xo,
Crystal

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Street Report: Erika at Milan Fashion Week

Today, I ran into Erika Boldrin, from the blog My Free Choice, looking gorgeous in that leather blazer, mirrored sunnies and corset-laced pumps.

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Street Report: Wendy at Christopher Kane

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xo,
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Street Report: Tamara at Mara Hoffman

Look who’s back on the blog: it’s Tamara! This lovely lady is making a splash here at Lincoln Center, with crowds of photographers jumping at the chance to capture her style. I love how sunny and chic this look is. A pop-of-color stiletto is definitely on my shopping list, thanks to Tamara!

xo,
Crystal

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Street Report: Caroline Outside Mara Hoffman

It was another scorcher at Lincoln Center today, but Caroline handled the humidity with grace. She says she’s a luxe-loving lady and can’t wait to break out her leather and fur for fall.

Her impeccable eye for color and creative silhouettes definitely puts her on my style-star list!

xo, Crystal

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